Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Neighbourhood: Ruifan District
With its air of historical heritage, Shuijinjiu (ShueiNanDong, Jingguashi, Jiufen) used to be prosperous and glamorous due to mining. Although its magnificent semblance no longer exists, the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere has persisted. With a wave to the age of the gold rush, one can still see a glimpse of its glorious past through the Golden Waterfall. Gazing at the ShueiNanDong Remains of the 13 Levels, it is like a beautiful palace that was deserted, earning it the name of “Potala Palace of the Mountain Mines”. Probing forward to the mouth of the river is the considerably distinguished Yinyang Sea, with its half gold half bluish green spectacle inspiring countless imaginations of romance. Walking along the streets of the meandering old streets of Jiufen and tasting the various kinds of authentic eateries is the love of tourists. Stepping into the Golden Museum, one can glimpse the historical traces of the mining industry culture, reminiscing of past glories from its museum, living quarters, and shrine remains. The unassuming mountain city of Houtong used to be a mining village. With the call of cat lovers, volunteer groups were established to create a friendly environment for cats and turned Houtong into a cat village for cat lovers.
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  • Thung673
    The Hague, The Netherlands400 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Nice little town in the hills to the East of Taipei. About 1200 TD$ taxi ride from Taipei 101. Alleyways and many (food) stalls, hostels with great views over the Pacific. Was there during typhoon Khanun so many restaurants were closed due to windy / rainy conditions. The positive was there were few tourists. At end of the Jiufen old street on your right there’s a recommendable place called Shanghai something, a 3 story building with good food selection and some great views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China5,824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brave the weekend crowds…
    …because this is an amazing place, like something from a story. Wandering round the main Street is fun but exploring above the crowds and going off the main track is even better. It’s an amazing place to visit and ticks lots of boxes for an afternoon trip from Taipei!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Mike W
    Mountain View, California405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute little town.
    Our driver dropped us off a the top and agreed to meet us at the bottom after we visited all the shops. This was a godsend. Lots of booths with everything from fish ball soup to spicy duck blood (no, I didn’t make that one up). Very lively, narrow alleys, uneven roads and a cool ocarina shop. What’s not to love.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty but so busy!
    This was just as you imagined when you see it in photographs. Very pretty. Like stepping back in time. Picturesque. My main issue was how busy it was with all the tourists and stalls. Whilst this added to the atmosphere, it was difficult to fully appreciate the setting. I would say when you go to avoid peak times. My guess is anytime is peak. Probably avoid weekends. Walk, explore, get a bite to eat or a drink and definitely visit one of the teahouses.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Rain-mom-8
    58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many foods to try- bring cash
    Yes it’s busy and crowded. But once you know to expect it, the rest of the experience is enjoyable. We started at the magic shop outside the old street. Many of the vendors don’t take card so bring extra cash. We loved the variety of ceramic ocarinas. The owner of the shop demonstrated how to play the cat ocarina we bought. Such a nice person!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • hitman531ph
    Quezon City, Philippines330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare to walk plenty
    Prepare to walk. Better to start at the Jiufen Old Road at the top beside 7-Eleven. Ask the driver to bring you to the top first and meet you at the bottom of the stairs in about 90-120 minutes. Plenty of shops along the way. Food items, small restaurants, souvenir items, tea sets and a lot more.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Lyegeak
    Singapore, Singapore212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place but way too crowded
    I really like the rows of shops which range from cute souvenirs to tasty goodies. I would say definitely worth a visit but avoid if you have young kids or elderly as you have to fought through crowds to get to places. The path is not all flat and even so might not be very safe for old folks and young kids. There are also tour groups which really choke up the whole walk ways which is pretty frustrating. All in all, I think it is worth a visit but have to be patient with crowds.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Bobo Ngan
    Hong Kong, China429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visit even raining
    We visit here 30 years before, and now visit again. Wonder that it keep so well ! About the same, it means "OLD" - tradition. Maybe here always raining, so have a blue mood. Most of the shops close about 7:00 p.m.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • ChemaVV
    166 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset views and night market
    Amazing views in the sunset. Beautiful streets, full of tiny, traditional shops and food markets. A bit crowded, try to avoid saturday evenings. An interesting Temple worth visiting too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • denischristopherd
    Dublin, Ireland209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Jiufen
    Jiufen is a magical village in the mountains located. Jiufen was made famous due to its similarity to the village in Animated movie Spirited Away. The streets become very busy, i would recommed going to the bottom and working your way up, also late in the evening becomes quiter.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2024
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YU C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Jiufen is a very suitable attraction for tourists, but it is very crowded that you can hardly move during holidays. What’s more, there are many branch roads, so it is easy to get lost. However, every branch road is a new discovery which is very interesting. Despite the fact that the food there is expensive as well as ordinary, and the roads are like a maze and often crowded, Jiufen has beautiful scenery and a cultural atmosphere. In addition, the most important thing is that it is easy to go to Jiufen because there are bus stops everywhere. However, there is one thing worth mentioning, Jiufen is indeed a bit commercialized nowadays. People there sell expensive and ordinary souvenirs and food, so it is difficult to truly appreciate the real beauty of Jiufen. Jiufen is a good place worth visiting, but still don’t expect too much, The more you expect, the more disappointment you would get.
Written 12 November 2020
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PEI-RU CHEN
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This summer, my family and my mother’s friends went to Taroko National Park with world-class canyon views. It has always been a secret place that I like to visit. In addition to the pleasant scenery of the entire trail, there are waterfalls, magnificent canyons and streams to enjoy along the way. Passing through the seven tunnels, you can see the water-like waterfall flowing from the cracks in the rock. Such a spectacle attracts many tourists. The white popular trail shuttles between each trail, and whenever it leaves a tunnel, it feels like another village on the willow tree.to my astonishment. I was extremely fascinated by the view that I had never seen before. For the sake of the pandemic our travel are limited in domestic that we can have a chance to take a glimpse of the beauty of Taiwan. As far as I am concerned the trip to Hualien can not only enjoy the moment in nature but also boost the relationship with my family.
Written 21 November 2020
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Junming Yang
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I went to Taichung with my high school classmates. And then, we went to a street near Taichung First Senior High School, which is Yizhong Street. We arrived there in the evening. Along the street, there are many street vendors just like a big night market. (Although the center street always had many people, many place and platforms near the center street to offer people eating and drinking. Some of people could set down and talk together.) I don’t know what you mean here. Do you mean there are lots of places and platforms where people can sit and talk near the center street so it is always crowded? In fact, Yizhong Street is a wide Leisure place in Taichung. We can buy many yummy and creative foods there. I recommend people who live in other countries to visit Yizhong Street because this is a good place to eat delicious food and to hang out with friends.
Written 13 November 2020
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Pancho4112
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went on an organized tour, so we were not quite sure about the place.
The village itself is beautiful, safe, and people are nice. However, if you go over the weekend, you'll have to catch public transport from the carpark to the village. This can be dangerous because there are crazy crowds and drivers pay zero attention to traffic rules (bus drivers are extremely cautious but tourists and locals driving aren't).

Make sure you try the egg tarts and the strawberry cakes sold near one of the fancy cafés.

The street I narrow and covered, which means umbrellas aren't needed.
Written 2 January 2020
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Benedict Odiña
Makati, Philippines26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was so nice to see Jiufen Old Street in real-life not in photos only on the internet. When I visited last December 2019, it was so foggy, crowdy and cold. But it was great experience to visit that place.

Tip: Don't visit on a holiday or Monday - it's crowdy; but visit them like during mid-week.
Written 27 January 2020
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筱婷 王
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Keelung is my hometown.Keelung is a small city with mountains and seas.Since Keelung is close to the sea, many people come here for seafood.Besides, Keelung has a harbor, so if you want to go abroad by cruise, you must visit Keelung Keelung is famous for Miaokou Night Market, many people will go there to taste delicious food..Let's take a day trip to Keelung!
Written 26 November 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Our day trip took us to Juifen car park and we had to walk up the narrow steps to Jiufen old street. This place is busy with many food, snacks and souvenir shops, just like the night markets. Jiufen is very popular with tourists. Though we visited during the day time, it is even more popular at night. Avoid visiting during weekends and holidays as .the crowd could be horrendous. It was drizzling when we visited and so was cold. Bring a wind jacket when visiting as it could be windy and cold.
Written 25 October 2020
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand3,850 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Along walking through the winding narrow lanes , lining up with souvenir shops, tradtional snacks, sweets, taiwanese cuisine restaurants, OTOP , this old market is up on the mountain with view of bay on the north coast. It’s crowded on late weekend morning so go there early is better for avoiding crowd of tourist. One thing to do is sitting sipping oolong tea at the terrace looking out the panoramic view of the bay area. Going there by public transport is quite easy by using bus from Ruifang train station or downtown Taipei, Zhongli train station. It takes 1hour from downtown Taipei to get there.
Written 7 March 2023
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,789 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First the good. Very atmospheric and charming: narrow alleys lined with small shops and restaurants. Very photogenic, particularly after dark when the red lanterns are lit - and assuming you can avoid the crowds to get a good picture. It's an hour from Taipei, and easily reached by bus or inexpensive day tours. Now the bad news. Do not go during the weekends. We went during the weekdays, but unfortunately it was holiday season for various countries whose visitors have replaced the mainland Chinese tourists. Now for the bad news: it was just a madhouse particularly for the most popular spots. Folks trying to secure a place to take photos on a narrow steep street with zillions of visitors going in both directions was annoying to say the least and probably hazardous. The proper way to ensure Jiufen is to spend a night then, or at least avoid peak season or weekends/holidays. Otherwise it is probably better to just give this place a pass.
Written 16 January 2020
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Mr Horse
Worthing, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
This place is now full of tourists although my wife told me it wasn’t the case a few years back. However, it has a lot of character with the narrow hilly lanes and lots of small shops selling Taiwanese snacks, hot food, toys and souvenirs. I was also very happy to see the tea house that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli anime works. You can also get great views looking down from the top at the whole town and the bay by the sea. It was a good day out!
Written 18 October 2020
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