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Pingxi railway

I spent a whole day in Taipei to explore the ancient villages of Jiufen and Shifen. These are small towns located about an hour’s drive from the city center, which has a typical natural landscape of Taiwan, and also has the old streets that best reflects the culture of Taiwanese people. One day with lots of emotions, enjoy the beautiful scenery, learn ancient culture, history, cuisine… A great and memorable day. So, how to visit Jiufen and Shifen in one day (Jiufen Shifen one day trip, day trip to Jiufen and Shifen, Jiufen Shifen day trip) from Taipei? Let’s check it out our Jiufen Shifen blog with a very details of Jiufen Shifen itinerary from how to get to Jiufen and Shifen, best places to visit and top things to do below.

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Beautiful Jiufen (Chiufen) village
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Charming Jiufen Old Street
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Lanterns at Shuqi Road.
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Jiufen street food
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Lovely street food stall in Taipei Old Street
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Old houses
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Lovely alley in Jiufen
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Shifen Bridge
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Drop lanterns in Shifen Village
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Houtong Cat Village
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Cat everywhere in Houtong village

Jiufen Shifen day trip: What are interesting things about Jiufen and Shifen?

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The main narrow road, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Chiufen (Jiufen).

These are two “not to be missed” places when traveling to Taipei, because just hearing their names have too many curious mysteries. Taipei is a strong tourist development city, but one thing I saw is that the attractions in Taipei cannot be crowded, fun, bustling like in Jiufen and Shifen. These are quite remote lands, quite difficult to access because there are few means of transportation and it takes a long time to get there, but I don’t know why visitors flock there so much? Of course that has its own reason!

The view of the ancient Jiufen village from above.
An aerial view of the Jiufen ancient village.
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The mountainside village of Jiufen with a temple and the ocean.
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Small roads clinging to the mountainside in Jiufen.
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Vibrant Jiufen at night
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The popular eateries are sold along the main road of Jiufen called Shuqi road (vertical and rugged road) for about ~$1.5 for fish balls fried rice noodles set.
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Bustling Jiufen Old Street

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Delicious Cakes
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Enjoy sweets and view
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Amei Tea House at night in Jiufen Ancient Village

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Tea and dessert from Jiufen Teahouse (580NT)

Usually people will plan a tour to visit all the spots in Jiufen, Shifen (Jiufen Shifen itinerary) including the old town of Jiufen, wandering through the small alleys, the cobble-sized stones roads that run down the mountainside, viewing ancient houses, shops hanging the red lanterns and drink tea to enjoy the scenery. Then visit the lovely cat village of Houtong, cats at everywhere, on roads, alleys, corners, then going to Shifen village to watch the waterfall, the Pingxi old street and see people dropping the sky lanterns to wish good luck.

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Shifen station
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Lanterns in Shifen
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Shifen old street and famous Pingxi railway.

Day trip from Taipei to Jiufen and Shifen: How to get to Jiufen and Shifen?

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Jiufen in a rainy day

There are two most common ways to travel from Taipei to Jiufen, which is to take a bus or rent a private car for all day (You can book via Klook: Jiufen, Shifen and Keelung Miaokow Night Market Shuttle Bus from Ximen). If you go in a large group, rent a car will be more convenient and cheaper, they can take you visit more places.

If you only want to explore Jiufen, you can book tour: Jiufen Shuttle Bus from Ximen

And if going from 1 or 2 people, getting Jiufen by bus is also very ok, no problem at all. Of course, I prefer going on my own way, rather than renting a car, rent a private car like a tour, you’ll have to follow a fixed schedule, not comfortable, partly because I’m traveling alone.

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Jiufen tourist map

Bus from Taipei

Taipei – Jiufen: In Taipei you take the MRT to Zhongxiao Fuxing station, exit the station by Exit 1 and walk back, to the first intersection, turn left, then go straight to the bus stop, take the bus No. 1062 to Jiufen. The bus 1062 goes quite slowly, taking about 1.5 hours to reach the old town of Jiufen.

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MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station
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Bus Stop from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing to Jiufen Old Street
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Another bus top from Taipei to Jiufen
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Inside the bus
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Bus 1062 on the way from Taipei to Jiufen
Keelung bus 1062 – drop off before 7-Eleven
Keelung bus 1062 drop off before 7-Eleven convenient store.
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Jiufen Bus Stop right next to 7 Eleven store

Jiufen – Houtong Cat Village: You return to Jiufen bus stop to take the bus No. 1062 back to Ruifang, from here take the train to Houtong Station which is cat village – Cat Village.

District Square (Ruifang Train Station) Bus Stop
Ruifang Bus Stop
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Train from Ruifang to Houtong
Houtong Station
Houtong Station
Houtong Station
Houtong Station
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A cat outside Houtong station

Houtong Cat Village – Shifen Village, Pingxi Old Town: Going by train, there will be 1 trip every 1 hour, so you have to remember the train schedules on the signage at the station. In Shifen you can visit Shifen Waterfall by foot, or continue take the train to visit Pingxi Ancient Town.

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Shifen station
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Shifen Old Street
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Shifen station
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Pingxi line

Return Taipei

From Shifen – Taipei: Take the opposite steps, take the train from Shifen to Ruifang, then take the bus 1062 or 1061 to Taipei. Bus 1061 seems to run faster than the bus 1062. But you have to very careful because only 1 train in every hour. It was like my situation when I left Shifen at 7 pm, while 9:45 pm I had a trip to Alishan from Taipei Main Train Station, while the train only arrives after an hour later, standing in the middle of the highway without any people in the rainy weather, waiting for the bus to Ruifang is also did not have. So fearful! I thought there was no way back to my motherland!

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Ruifang Station, from here you can catch the bus 1061, 1062 to Jiufen to Taipei
Bus 1062 at Jiufen bus terminus
Bus 1062 at Jiufen bus terminal

There is another way to get to Taipei without going back to Ruifang, which is to take the bus No.15 to MRT Muzha Station, then from here go to Taipei by MRT. However, this way I am not sure because in fact I have not tried, asking the locals also do not know what the bus 15 is, so must return to Ruifang. But if you depart from Taipei and want to visit Shifen first, you can take the MRT to Muzha station and then catch the bus 15 to Shifen, it will be more difficult to catch the bus in the afternoon or evening.

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Taipei MRT Muzha Station
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Inside the station
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Bus No. 15

From Taipei, in addition to the bus 15 you can reach MRT Muzha Station and catch the bus 795 to Pingxi. See the route map of bus 795:

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Bus 795 route
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Bus 795

To explore all of ancient villages including Jiufen, Shifen and other nearby places such as Houtong Cat Village, Shifen waterfall, Pingxi old town, enjoy food as well as feel the best culture, scenery here, I think 1 day seems to be a bit rushed. If you have more time you should stay one night in Jiufen or Shifen (Pingxi area).

You can refer to Jiufen hotels on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Airbnb.com.

Jiufen Shifen itinerary: How to visit Jiufen and Shifen in one day?

Jiufen Old Street

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A Mei Tea House in Jiufen village

I arrived at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station around 8 am, then walked and asked the local people to find the bus stop to Jiufen, and after 5 minutes walked I found it. Bus number 1062 runs the route Jiufen and every 30 minutes there is 1 trip, the bus goes slowly because it stops at several points in the city. I sat at the window on the left side of the bus, intending both riding and watching the sea, but this plan was only a bit success because most of the time I was asleep!

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A narrow lane with crowded tourists

On that day, Taipei sunshine was beautiful, but when I came to Jiufen it was cloudy and started to drizzle with the wind gusts violently. The bus stopped at the end of the road, right at the middle of the slope, in front of a small road into the Jiufen old town. I rushed to the nearby 7Eleven store to buy a small umbrella, priced at 120NT$ ($3.87). This umbrella was just enough for one person, and it wasn’t too big to be entangled when crowded into small corners in Jiufen Old Street.

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Bus stop and 7 Eleven store in front of the gateway to Jiufen Old Street
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Super cool Candy Crush store
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Jiufen Village, also known as Chiufen village, is located on Mount Keelung about 50km from Taipei, where in the past, only 9 families lived. So, every time when people going out of the village and buy gifts bring back, it will be divided into 9 different portions for each family and the name Jiufen (nine) derives from it.

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Jiufen overlooking the sea
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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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Jiufen is usually very foggy but on a good day, you may get a good view from the top of the mountains …
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A Ma teashop
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Jiufen Old Street
Jiufen Old Street

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Entrance to a tea house

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Very charming scene
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