Jiu Fen, Taipei
The views in Jiufen in beautifully with the sea and mountain. It really depends on the weather you have during your visit. You can catch a great photo of the scenery here if it is a clear sunny day. If you could not find the observatory is fine cause you will see the views almost everywhere along the main road 102 of Jiufen.
I would rank Jiufen Old streets as the most beautiful street market during my trip to Taiwan. The narrow streets that built on a hill with steps has uniquely created a local charm that I enjoyed. The uniquely shaped Shuqi Rd is the main street of Jiufen. Not only you can shop for local souvenirs , but trying out various well-known delicacies is the must! Among the classical delicacies are the chewy taro balls, meat balls with red vinasse, black sugar sticky rice cake, fish balls, fermented tofu, and lead-less 100-year preserved eggs.
Also, read my Jiufen travelogue
This old theater was built in the 9th year of Emperor Shiaowa (1934). It was reconstructed in 1961 using hollow bricks to build the walls, Chinese cypress used for the roof's structure with firs tacked on it. It has the built-up of 660 square meters. Its architecture belongs to the Baroque-imitated style which was the most popular during the Japanese occupation time. Inside the theater, there were six-seat style seating can be opened that were put in rows on the ground floor.
On the second floor, the grandstand's wooded-chairs were designed in a form of U-shape, the cornerstone were hexagonal.
The items on the programs included movies, Taiwanese Opera, New Opera, Palmar drama and so on. The theater's front square called "the entrance of stage", was surrounded by the shops, commodity supply depots, in a scene of bustle and excitement.
First let us tell you how we got to JUIFEN. Get o Adventist Hosp. The bus stop on Bade Rd, go east of the intersection with Fuxing Road.If you are in a rush, you can also take that same bus from Songshan Station or Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT & exit1.Charges is only 90Nt &be sure to have exact change as what happened to us, we gave 100 & no change was return. This is 1 hour ride.Many years ago, this place was known as gold mining place but not anymore which cause the town to sort of decay "per say".But the unique roads,famous tea house & great views sort of saved the town . For example, its downtown was used as a model in the anime movie - Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki. We were astound when we saw these interesting town the rows and rows of yummy restaurants, cold unique drinks, snacks and all those great souvenirs sold. From Jiufen we took that same bus to Keelung City. Which was another interesting port city of Taipei.
Address: Jiufen and Keelung City
Directions: Jiufen was known as the Taipein mining area..and Keelung City is still known as the Taipei Port and it has its historic commercial districts.Related to:
The way we got to Jiufen was going to the Taipei Main Station. The locals advised us to use the train instead of the bus as it would be easiest since we do not speak Chinese so we would not get lost. From Taipei, we bought a way ticket and the ride was approximately 40 minutes. Once we got to Jiufen, we took these special bus which took us to the top of the area and is called Ruifang. As we got off you will see all the many rows of souvenir stores, and many side food ventors, many of which were yummy foods and super affordable. There you will also see many restaurant of many interesting delicacies.
Jiufen is somewhere in the Northeast coast of Taipei and goes through this place called Chiufen area. On our way to Chiufen we stopped at two areas where they have such beautiful temples, we just had to stop and take photos...one of these days we shall want to share it with everyone and we are sure you will agree how outstanding the temples around Jiufen.
Address: Northen Part of Taipei
Directions: Northern Part of TaipeiRelated to:
A "tourist town" perched atop the mountains in the suburbs of Taipei county. A short history - it was a gold mining town which became neglected after the gold ran out but later revived to attract tourists with its history and heavily influenced Japanese infrastructure. As you drive into the town, it's akin to driving into onsen towns in Honshu such as Gifu.
The sloped streets are flanked by souvenir shops and food outlets with many colourful photo opportunities. Try the BBQ mushrooms, mochi and buy some cutesy souvenirs if you wish.
Make your way away from the entrance where tourist bus deposits loads of tourist to the quieter part of the town. Enjoy good views of the surroundings whilst sipping tea in one of the cafes with balconies overlooking the mountains and sea.
There are plenty of shop for you to shop around, the atmosphere are like walking in a old town, towards the end of the road, you you faced a sea view from where you are.. above the mountain.. very nice.
Directions: You can take the bus to "Jiu Fen" from Fu Xing MRT Station.
Walking along the old streets in the mountain,you could feel the a sort of ancient atmosphere around you. Through this you could realize more about people in Taiwan. There is an emotion inhabited in this place and presents the life style that Taiwanese live on. Perhaps it's too business and too many tourists from everywhere. But you just can find one tiny part you want to dig in. If you want to visit the mountain or hiking, it's definately a right place... If you want to stay in a quiet place where face the ocean, it is the place you are eager to...The old brick buidings, the long narrow stone alleyways and the steeps are modern people's favorite~ it symbolized the relaxed and old life style.
Directions: Ner Keelung
Jio Fen if dierect tanslation to Chinese means nine portions. Long ago, there were only nine families lived there. With the discovery of gold, it had become a tiny properous town, some called it little Shanghai. It's close to Gin Gua Shi but the minery belonged to different men.
Now this town is a tourism sopt. During holidays, it is veery crowded. You may also find some old atomosphere here.
Here, you must not forget to take taro ball.( Yu-Yuan ) which is my favorite, and Cai-A-Guei.
Spend a night here and talk to the locals, I believe they know a lot about history and stories, what's more, they are really friendly and willing to talk to their visitors.
Directions: Take train to Ruei Fang and then take a bus to Gin Gua Shi.
Remember, get off the bus on the GioFen station.
Golden waterfull in JinFen (¾Å¡¤Ý) around 1.5 hour travel time from Taipei, it was because JinFen contains gold and copper mines. The most famous is the JinFen old street, many local and traditional food, noodles, snake, scenes.
Jiu Fun is a village built on a mountainous area, it draws people there because the discover of gold mine in early 18th century. As the mine dry out in late 18th century, the village lost it's stamina and dying, it's draw concern due to the shooting of the award winning flim "Miserable City".
Definitely the landmark of Jiu Fun, well known among chinese (especially flim lovers). The theatre is built in 1914, and ceased operation in 1986. It had once again known by others because the flim "Miserable City" shooting there. A perfect photo site.
Chuifen is an old gold mining town in Northern Taiwan. It has now become one of the main stops on the Taipei area tourist circuit. Walking around you can hear the various tourist speaking Japanese, German, English, Korean, Cantonese, etc...
The narrow alleys and old architecture in Chuifen makes for interesting photographic possibilities. However, the town is built on the steep slope of a hill, so wandering through it means some serious hiking up and down steep/narrow stairs.
Note: There is a nice Hiking Trail just west of town. The trail head is at the top of the hill on the left after driving through the town. There are four pavillions along this trail as it heads up the hill. If you go on a clear day there are nice views of the town and coast...
Directions: Chuifen is on Route 102 a few kilometers south of the northern part of coastal Highway 2. (Southwest of Keelung)
It is said that long time ago there were only nine families in Chiufen. Before the roads on land were built, all materials were transported via ships. Thus a habit was formed that nine pieces of same object were purchased at one time for reservation. Hence, the place was called Chiufen .
Chiufen used to the center of gold mining. It is located within the hills in northeast of Taiwan. Now, there are many unique teahouses in Chiufen. These teahouses are best stops during visit to this mountain village. Also, there is the beautiful ocean view of Keelung outer sea.
The most prosperous shopping district is Gishan Street. It goes through most of the village. There are many visitors on the street. Along the street there are shops vending the most famous country snack of Geo Fan, yam dish and various local dishes. There are some historical items well reserved. The trip to Geo Fan is full of fun and delights. Geo Fan has many accommodation places provided by local residents.
Directions: Located located in Juifang town, west of Keelung on state route no.102
Jiufen used to the center of gold mining. It is located within the hills in northeast of Taiwan. The village is next to the mountain and facing the sea.