2003: A Valentine’s Day Opening for the Tamsui Lover’s Bridge in Taiwan

February 14, 2003

A cable-stayed pedestrian bridge was officially opened in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District in northern Taiwan. Since the dedication ceremony took place on Valentine’s Day, the new structure was given the name Tamsui Lover’s Bridge.

The bridge, which measures approximately 644 feet (196.3 meters) in length, is a part of Fisherman’s Wharf on the western tip of Tamsui District. While extensively used as a harbor for fishing boats, the wharf is also a major tourist attraction in one of the more popular areas in Taiwan’s most populous city.

The Tamsui Lover’s Bridge is a well-known landmark in its own right. With its slanted tower and overall curved shape, this bridge strongly resembles the mast and rigging of a sailing ship. The bridge’s other key features include its multi-colored lights, which illuminate the structure at night.

In the years since its Valentine’s Day debut, the bridge has become a must-visit destination for many people — and not only for couples seeking a romantic atmosphere. This much was confirmed by Malaysian tourist Mynn Lee in a 2019 post for her international travel blog She Walks the World. In describing her trip to that region of Taiwan one evening, Lee noted that the Tamsui Lover’s Bridge “was the perfect place to watch the sun disappear, and to see the bridge light up in many different colors.”

Photo Credit: 林高志 (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Tamsui Lover’s Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamsui_Lover%27s_Bridge

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