Other than sharing one Chinese character, Daan district (where I currently live) and Datong district (where I’m thinking of moving to) have very little in common. Daan is convenient, middle-class and expensive; Datong is blue-collar, old and rundown. But here are the reasons I’m thinking of moving there:
- a room with a view of the Danshui river with easy access to the riverside bike path.
- much cheaper rent than Daan.
- still within Taipei city limit with many buses that I still need to acquaint myself with.
Anyone know anything about this part of town that few foreigners have ever set foot in? Are there any supermarkets, for instance, or am I expected to haggle in Taiwanese in traditional markets? Are there any other advantages of living in Datong district besides the ones I’ve listed? Any thoughts?