Attraction Jishan St., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City 224, Taiwan Published on: 25-06-2016
|2 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
Food & Spirits
Jiufen Old Street is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Jiufen Old Street is special ?
Jiufen, also spelled Jiufen or Chiufen, is a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan.
ocated in New Taipei City (Taipei County), Chiufen village used to be the center of gold mining. This small village is located within hills, next to the mountains, and facing the ocean. Due to its special location, Chiufen village is well known for its foggy weather condition which creates a romantic atmosphere. The name Chiufen comes from a legend where nine families used to live in this village.
Jiufen (Chiufen) is famed for the architectures built along the hill slopes forming picturesque views. Being the former center of gold mining, historical sites such as Museum of Gold, Environmental building, Crown Prince Chalet, Four-joined of Japanese Styled Residence, Gold-refining building and Benshan Fifth Tunnel are available to give visitors an idea of Chiufen in old days.
What to explore at Jiufen Old Street?
For lovers of Japanese anime, you may recognize that the Old Street served as the inspiration for the setting of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award winning “Spirited Away”. And for those interested in Taiwan's 20th century history, Hou Hsiao-hsien's “A City of Sadness” (悲情城市) utilized Jiufen as the backdrop to the events of the 228 Incident.
Among the many treats and souvenirs to be enjoyed, you should be sure to try a local favorite, taro balls (芋圓) in a sweet red bean soup. Tea houses and coffee shops line the old streets of Jiufen and provide exquisite views of the sleepy mountainside town and Keelung Harbor, not to mention a great place to rest your feet! For those itching for some adventuring, try the Keelung mountain hiking trail (雞籠山). No matter which way you choose to enjoy it, you'll be sure to come away from Jiufen with some of the most memorable photos of your trip to Taiwan.For lovers of Japanese anime, you may recognize that the Old Street served as the inspiration for the setting of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award winning “Spirited Away”. And for those interested in Taiwan's 20th century history, Hou Hsiao-hsien's “A City of Sadness” (悲情城市) utilized Jiufen as the backdrop to the events of the 228 Incident.
How to get to Jiufen Old Street?
From Taipei, take the train north to Ruifang Station. After exiting the station, cross the street to the bus stop next to the Wellcome Supermarket and board the Keelung Transit bus towards Jiufen. The bus trip takes roughly 15 minutes, and the fare is NT$21 during the week, NT$15 during weekends/holiday.
From MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興), Brown Line 1 and Blue Line 5 interchange, leave from Exit 1 and take bus route 1062 (Keelung Bus) to Jinguashi, alight at Jiufen. The ride is about 1 hour and the fare is NT$90. Be sure to get a good seat to enjoy scenic views of Northern Taiwan. Bus 788 is also available from Keelung.
- Spirited Away in Jiu Fen
- Nice escape from Taipei city
- Old famous street with hundreds of delicacies
- Love the tea, japanese feel of the place
- Go in the evening and watch the sun set
Jishan St., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City 224, Taiwan
Tips for you
Taiwan's old streets high on the mountains which inspired hayao miyazaki. Various snacks, mountain tea and souvenirs sold here. 郭金山 peanut snacks is also worth a visit.
makes for a nice afternoon out, nice little streets, a bit touristy lately i guess but worth seeing. nice views. lots of stairs so not very accesible.
The main attraction was a small pedestrian street. Very crowded on a Tuesday afternoon. Person to person; like in a crowded elevator. The street is about eight or ten feet wide. Tiny shops selling trinkets and snacks; a few tea shops too lining both sides. It was interesting and easy to imagine life in this tiny village back in the mining days. This started as a coal mining village. Gold was later discovered; so excitement and wealth spread in the early times. The buildings appeared rebuilt or maybe renovated.The most popular snack was the ice cream. There was a long queue. They had this large block of peanut brittle; the size of a cinder block. The shop assistants grated the peanut block, sprinkled it onto ice cream and wrapped it up in a crepe. Yum.It was crowded and hot. And there was plenty of trash littering the damp street. But when we got to the far end of the tiny street; there was a spectacular view. That's what we came to see. We waited til dusk. The glow crept over the mountains and trailed over the East China Sea.
Unique place with beautiful old building and shops. Hidden in all those shops, there is a market square selling all sort of stuffs like in a night market. This is a place that you must visit. My wife and I love this place a lot and it's perfect for taking pictures. Can get quite crowded with lot of people and if you are bringing children, have to be extra alert on your child where being.