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The small and very beautiful Jiufen village (Chiufen village), lying on the cliffs in the northern of Taiwan, 50km far from Taipei city, is one of the most attractive destinations in Taiwan. Due to its unique geographic location, situated on the cliffs and the entire village overlooking the East Sea, Jiufen became the destination of “forget about the way back” of visitors when traveling to Taiwan. Let’s visiting Jiufen village and discover one of the most beloved and attractive destinations in Taiwan from best places to visit in Jiufen, what to do in jiufen and top things to do in Jiufen to Jiufen street food, how to get to Jiufen with Living Nomads below.

The moutain village Jiufen
The moutain village Jiufen
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Jiufen is a mountain village in the Ruifang District, about 50 minutes drive from Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo: jiufen village blog.
The mountainside village of Jiufen with a temple and the ocean.
The mountainside village of Jiufen with a temple and the ocean.
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Today, Jiufen’s architecture still has many features of the colonial era.
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Taipei is an exciting city that I want to come back for many times. The atmosphere in Taipei is similar to Korea but it also has a bit of ancient Japan. There are bustling, crowded areas like Hong Kong but its prices are generally very Thai. But these comparisons are just the first impressions, when we do not know what words to describe all the good things of Taipei. When we came back home, we had begun to understand the very special things of Taipei. To help you feel the air of Taipei quickly in the first trip here, I have compiled 12 things to do when coming to Taipei. Living Nomads hope this article will help you in scheduling the trip. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere at the Jiufen Jiufen and Shifen are two so well known places that it should not be introduced much. Jiufen is the ancient village has been commercialized, tourists are quite crowded and the atmosphere here is very bustling. You will be exploring the small sloping roads with only two people in the opposite direction and the main roads are crowded. On two sides of the road are the shops close to many rich products. If at the beginning of the food and beverage eateries who are passing by look for a very attractive smell, the inside road is easier to breathe with the unique, strange or vintage, cute shops. The Jiufen is also the place that Ghibli fans come to because this is the scene that inspired the scene of the famous cartoon "Spirited Away." Drop the light and pray at the Shifen Jiufen and Shifen are usually combined for one day because these two locations share a very convenient route. You can move here by bus or train, to add romance, you should choose the train. A unique point in the Shifenn is close to the railroad is a row of lantern stalls; souvenirs are very interesting but quite "scared". Also, do not worry too much because the store owners will remind you positive when the train arrives, there are both bells and beeps too should not be too dangerous. At the Shifen is the drop light in the sky as in the movie "That girl we pursue" very cute. It is rumored that, if you write the wish on the lamp and drop into the sky, pray sincerely when preparing to drop the lamp, your wish will come true. In my experience, the Jiufen and Shifen are very rainy. Most of it is raining in per time so you should bring umbrellas or raincoats when you come here for a full visit. Check in symbol of Taipei - Taipei 101 The Taipei 101 building is a symbol of Taipei, so there should be a virtual living pictures with this building. The area around Taipei 101 is extremely crowded. There are many restaurants, shopping centers, movie theaters ... so you spoil the discovery here. If you are too busy and want to see the whole of Taipei City from above, you can buy tickets to get the Taipei 101 Observatory. Or you can choose Elephant Climbing, which is also nearby, about 10 minutes walk and save money and still be able to watch Taipei from above, of course the view will not be equal. Check in at Sisi Nan Cun Village Sisi Nan Cun is the area opposite Taipei 101 always, walking less than 5 minutes so you can combine these two places for once visit. It was formerly a collective of 44 military workers, now a complex of exhibits, cafes, and daycare. Living Nomads introduces this area because the picture is quite virtual, but it is very suitable for those who like the gentle Japanese style with a bit vintage. Dining at the delicious Din Tai Fung restaurant You can’t miss enjoy the Din Tai Fung's most expensive meals. Try to eat at the world famous restaurant once! Din Tai Fung has 7 branches in Taipei but for convenience, you should eat at Taipei 101 branch. This is a famous restaurant so there are always long queues in front of the door. Experience as you go to pick up, order food before you go and explore around Taipei 101 as Living Nomads said above, 2 hours come back is on time. If you choose to dine at Din Tai Fung, try the famous Xiaolongbao restaurant. Drinking Chen San Ding bubble tea According to Living, Chen San Ding milk tea is the first bubble tea.Honey bubble tea is a must try and most visitors come here to drink this. Bubble here are tough and soft, eat is to know the home to make so delicious. Maybe, you are not a fan of bubble, but you also have interest in this place. Honey bubble is very generous; half cup high milk tea should be spoiled to drink. Located in the National Taiwan University (NTU) area, there is a long queue of students waiting to buy milk tea. Although crowded but wait about 5 minutes is you can come back to buy it. The location is close to the university, so the area is also extremely busy, the students here are very crowded. From tart, tofu to high-quality coffee shops is enough. You can dine in this area very conveniently. Learn about the history at the National Palace Museum Also called Taipei Palace, the National Palace Museum will be the destination for those who care about history in general and Chinese history in particular. This place will not disappoint you with its 4 floors of exhibits and modern personal audio presentations. As you think you have to spend at least 2-3 hours. The price here is a little bit, about 12 dollars, but it is certainly reasonable investment when the ancient artifacts here are more than in the Forbidden City. . Eat in Shilin Night Market Not far from Taipei is Shilin Night Market, so you can combine these two points together. The night market is a great choice. There are many shops selling souvenirs, cosmetics, pretty little items, and of course countless eateries. Now remember to eat a large chicken piece , two people can eat a full piece. See the flag ceremony at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is another must-go destination in Taipei. If you arrive at 5:10 pm, you will be able to see the flag ceremony. There is robe exchange vigilance every hour, starting from 10am to 4pm. Do not forget to visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in the inner area. The large museum, each exhibit has English comment. Those who have a good understanding of Taiwanese history will surely enjoy visiting this museum. Visiting the Presidential Palace It is very close to the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, so you can combine these two places together for a convenient visit. The Presidential Palace is located in Taipei, open for visitors. Remember to find on the website to see opening and closing time - because every day welcome visitors is different. Please bring your passport as well as read the requirements on the website because security here is quite rigid Drink tea in Ximending Renowned as the "Harajuku" of Taipei, Ximending is bustling with young people and tourists are always here to have fun, shopping. The night market, shopping centers and fashion boutiques are the main attractions of Ximending. But do you know that, Ximending has the opposite angle in contrast to the busy atmosphere? This place was born in the Japanese colonial period, so it is easy to see Japanese culture in Ximending, especially in the tea shop in this area. Although tea prices are not cheap (18-19 dollars/ tea set) but if you are a fan of tea then you will not be disappointed with the service that this price brings. Watch the sunset in Tamsui Tamsui is the last stop of the red line MRT should be quite easy to go. Just steps away from the MRT station, you will find the harbor and the ancient town of Tamsui. The atmosphere is very bustling and cool. It's easy to find a sunset spot and make 800 virtual live pictures. After finishing sunset, you can get the market behind there, so there are many interesting snack bars. Strongly recommend this place to Chau Kiet Luan's fans. There is also a secondary school where he has studied and is the location of the film "Secrets". There is a restaurant he always used to visit in the past, so that the restaurant is always set Chau Kiet Luan The list is still just a list. I think that guidance, sharing experience will only help you in the preparation and planning the trip. The most important thing of the trip - experience - will be your own. With 12 things to do this, hope you get the most things of your Taipei experience.
A narrow road always full up with tourists
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Along road are many shops, restaurants, gift shops, teahouses..

Jiufen village is located close to the mountain slope created by the ancient houses. When come here, visitors can be walk around the village, be free to drop their souls in the fog all over the place that bring the magical beauty of this land. Not only that, visitors also feel about an ancient Chinese culture with tiled roofs, wooden houses, and enjoy the fresh air of hills and trees, blue clouds and cool air of the sea. All of them create a beautiful scenery could not be say in words.

 

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Houses situated on the slopes of mountain.

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Jiufen village (Chiufen village) covered in fog at night.

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Jiufen village history

Jiufen A Mei Tea House
Jiufen A Mei Tea House

Many visitors traveling to Jiufen to ask the same question: What does the name Jiufen mean and originate from? If you have the opportunity to talk to any of the people living in the village, you will easily find the answer to that question. You will hear about a legend story. The name Jiufen was from the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. In the past, when the new village was established, only nine families lived in this village. Before the development, The village has a backward, primitive transportation system, so the trading and supplying of goods to the village is through the boats on the sea.

Spirited Within (Jiufen, Taiwan)
Spirited Within (Jiufen, Taiwan)
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The lanterns at A Mei Teahouse
Nightscape of Jiufen
Nightscape of Jiufen

Each time the villagers want to buy something, they always order nine items (Jiufen). From there, it is customary to call this village is Jiufen. The village is symbolic of the spirit of solidarity, mutual assistance when the difficulty of people living here.

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Jiufen Old Street Taiwan
Jiufen Old Street Taiwan

Under the rule of the Japanese military during the period 1895-1945, this place is known by many gold mines. Therefore, many of the gold mining activities that helped Jiufen from the poor village became a bustling town, crowded with 4000 households.

The narrow roads, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Jiufen.
The narrow roads, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Jiufen.
Jiufen is usually very foggy but on a good day, you may get a good view from the top of the mountains ...
Jiufen is usually very foggy but on a good day, you may get a good view from the top of the mountains …

It was not until after World War II that the gold mining activity gradually declined and ended after 1971. Since, Jiufen has been forgotten. One day, the old town of Jiufen was chosen as the scenes for many films. The great success and international awards have awakened Jiufen to wake up and attract thousands of visitors every day.

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Qitang Old Street Jiufen
Qitang Old Street Jiufen
The view of the ancient Jiufen village from above.
The view of the ancient Jiufen village from above.
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Jiufen village overlooking the East Sea

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Jiufen Old Street and Shuqi street

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Shuqi street. Image by: what to do in jiufen blog.

Shuqi street (Jiufen Old Street) is the most famous place of Jiufen village. The road runs through the town, from the bottom up, along the mountain side. with two narrow lanes, full of restaurants, teahouses, souvenir shops selling a variety of Taiwanese products – many unique items that you will never see in anywhere else. There are many restaurants and snacks in Jiufen that are famous throughout Taiwan, such as glutinous rice cake, Taro glutinous rice cake, meatballs Hongzao (Oxo Cubes), Taro hot and cold floating rice cake. The streets filled with junk food.

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Souvenirs
Souvenirs
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Jiufen street food

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Jiufen souvenirs shop
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Shuqi street in Jiufen Old Street

The most important road is the Shuqi street. The main and long road, narrow vertical along the mountain slopes throughout the village with the stairs and along the road are the shops close together and often crowded with passersby. Shuqi’s architecture bring Japanese style, which sometimes really looks like old Kyoto, beautiful and vibrate. Stores are usually closed early, most before 9pm.

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In addition to the main roads, there are many small alleys, small lanes running around and occasionally even beneath the houses such as: Khinh Thien Lo and Jishan street.

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Along these roads, there are many tea shops, bakeries, cafes, theaters, museums for gold mining, Jiufen folk art galleries, several temples and shrines.
Guanhai pavilion
Guanhai pavilion

The houses on the mountain slopes

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This is the most beloved scene when referring to the ancient village of Jiufen, the back is the mountain, another side in front of the sea has created a beautiful landscape of the village.

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Jiufen Tea house (Ah Mei teahouse)

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Jiufen Old Town. One of the best places to visit in Taiwan. Picture: jiufen travel blog.

As an iconic of the ancient village of Jiufen, this is a large and tall house, where many people come to rest, enjoy the Oolong tea and look at the surrounding landscape.

This is Taiwan’s most famous tea house. In 1989, this place was chosen as the scenes for film “A city of sadness” by Hou Hsiao – Hsien director. “A City of Sadness” recreates a part of the history of Taiwanese people for four years in the war with Japan and the Interim Government. The film deeply depicts the conflicts between indigenous peoples of Taiwan and immigrants and the difficulties that people faced in this dark age. Address: 224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, 市下巷20號. Phone: +886 2 2496 0833

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Pouring a cup of steaming hot tea in the Jiufen Teahouse.
Pouring a cup of steaming hot tea in the Jiufen Teahouse.
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Inside A Mei Teahouse. Picture: jiufen travel blog.

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Ah Mei Teahouse at night. Picture: jiufen travel blog.

Jiufen Street Food

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In addition to sightseeing, visitors can immerse themselves in the cuisine of Jiufen village with many specialties. The most attractive are sweet cakes made from patatoes and taro with very specific taste, famous throughout Taiwan. Bakery shops are countless. At the front door, the shop owner presents the cut cakes for visitors to taste before buying.

Many of the shops and restaurants with typical street foods such as peanut butter cream, Taro tea, beef noodles, barbecue snacks, snails grilled… create a typical bustling scene of the ancient village.

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Taro balls
Sweets
Sweets

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Coming to the ancient village of Jiufen, visitors can catch Japanese culture in harmony with the Chinese culture. When come here, visitors remember to enjoy the specialties of the region such as fishballs, shrimp balls, beef balls, tofu tablets … Just a few items fill with broth is enough to create a unique dish, bring bold of Jiufen’s culinary culture. But the most interesting and attracting is still the cakes made from potatoes and taro with a very special flavor, famous throughout Taiwan.

The popular restaurants are sold along the main road in Jiufen called Shuqi road (vertical and rugged road) for about ~$1.5 for fishballs fried rice noodles set.
The popular restaurants are sold along the main road in Jiufen called Shuqi road (vertical and rugged road) for about ~$1.5 for fishballs fried rice noodles set.

In addition to the Shuqi vertical road, Jiufen also has two parallel roads and crosses Shuqi which are the Songde road and Jishan road. Along these two roads, there are many tea shops, bakeries, cafeterias and restaurants in front of each of the cafes that cakes are chopped for visitors to taste before buying.

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A restauant in Jishan street

The scenes of movies

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Although it is a village, Jiufen is a bustling town filled with houses close together and famous as the scenes of the famous movie “A city of sadness.” and “Sprited Away” by Japanese director Miyazaki Hayao.

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Jiufen Town Centre – The scene of “Sprited Away” movie.
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A Mei Teahouse – The scene of “A city of sadness”

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Jiufen village travel guide: Some guides and useful tips to discover Jiufen

How to get to Jiufen village?

There are many ways to getting to Jiufen. The three best options are shuttle bus, train and normal bus.

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Shuttle Bus

From the center of Taipei, you can take a taxi or bus with a travel time of more than an hour. The short-distance shuttle bus service is available to take visitors from Taipei City in Ximen to Jiufen, then to Shifen Old Streets. The car goes in the morning and comes back before dinner time. It was the easiest way to get to Jiufen. Car Schedule: Morning: 9:00AM for $30.25 or noon 1:30PM for $15.50.

Train

From Taipei Main Station, take the train to the north, arrival at Ruifang Station. After leaving the station, turn left and walk 200 meters to Mingdeng Road. Next to the police station is a local bus station called Local Residents Plaza, with routes No.827 and No.788 heading to Jiufen.

Bus

From Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT, you leave the stop from Exit 1 and take the bus No.1062 (Keelung Bus) to Jinguashi and arrival in Jiufen. The trip takes about 1 hour and the fare is NT$102 (~$3.35). Get up early to get a good seat, comfortable and enjoy the beautiful Taipei. Bus No.788 is also available at Keelung.

Accommodation

Although most visitors from Taipei to Jiufen visit in one day, but there are also many people who prefer to stay overnight at one of the hotels here, or at the B&Bs, or minus. Because the number of guest houses and hotels in Jiufen are limited, and this is one of the most popular destinations in Taiwan, we recommend you reserve the room before arrival here. Accommodation here is also more crowded and expensive at the weekends, but prices do not increase as much as many other famous tourist destinations of Taiwan.

You can find, check rates, availability & booking for hotels in Jiufen on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Further information

What is the best time to visit Jiufen?

At any time of the year, you can also visit the ancient village of Jiufen, however traveling to Taiwan in February to April or from September to November with cool weather is the best time to visit.

How long should I visit at Jiufen?

You should spend it at least 2 hours to a half day or full day to visit Jiufen village and discover special things in the village that located on mountain slopes.

Opening hours: Daily from early morning to midnight
Duration of visiting: at least 2 hours to a half day or full day
Entrance fee: Free

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