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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.

Dday 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. If you go in a large group, rent a car will be more convenient and cheaper, they can take you visit more places. 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.

Taipei MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station Platform
MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station
Bus Stop to Jiufen Old Street
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
Bus 1062 Taipei to Jiufen
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.

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
Pingxi line
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
Bus No. 15
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

Jiufen A Mei Tea House
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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Jiufen (Chiufen) village

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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 …
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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Chinese lanterns

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.

I followed the small and long street which is the main axis of Jiufen ancient village, many store, food shops and souvenir shops are close to each other, bustling no less crowded than a Christmas market. It was still raining and humid, a little cold of the winter in the smoke when the restaurant chef opened a giant steamer of dumplings, a very special emotion.

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Streets, steps in the old town
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Lots of shops and eateries with friendly smiles

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