Shops & shops all over with various foods and commodities for you to eat and look-see. Advisable to visit Chiu-Fen with an empty stomach because of the vast varieties of local Taiwanese delicacies suitable for the young and old.
Plenty of snacks to savor and souvenirs to buy.
Watch out for the very small houses perched on the hill slopes as you roam the area.
I think a stop at one of the tea houses or noddle shop is a must during your visit, not only you can get a feel of the local culture, you can also recharge your energy and absorb the view of the valley and ocean beyond.
Catch a bus that runs from Keelung harbor, (bus stop at Yi 1st Road in front of Bank of Taiwan), it takes you directly to either Jinguashi (end of the line) or Jiufen (get off at 7-eleven). You can also catch the bus at Ruifang train station.
Gold Ecological Park is Jinguashi’s showcase, it contains various buildings with exhibits from the gold mining period during the Japanese occupation. It was also served as POW camp during WWII. The park itself is free, but you do need tickets for some museums and exhibits. See transportation tip for how to get here from Keelung.
Chin Gua Shi Geology park was an open mineral diggings called Bain Shan mines where there were the abundant ores of copper, gold and the others. Now that the mines were depleted and abandoned, it was built as the geology park shown to the public.
There is the parking lot on route 102 on the way from Chiu Feng to Shuang Shi. It is about 5 minutes drive from Chiu Feng. The park is 600 meters away from the parking lot through the trails.
After passing the geology park, you can go further to the golden shine.
Driving along the route 102 from Shuang Shi to Chiu Fen is another nice experience. The road cuts through the beautiful mountain. On the boarder of Shuang Shi and Ruey Feng, you will reach an observation plaza and you will have a view of all the mountains all around you.