Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), New Taipei

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Stroll through mysterious Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) lined with rows of red lanterns hanging in front of quaint Chinese teahouses and inns. The narrow cobblestone street has changed little since the gold rush era of the town. Its traditional architecture, hilly surroundings, and misty weather evoke the atmosphere of the Academy-awarded anime "Spirited Away," attracting flocks of Japanese tourists and Ghibli fans. Eat your way through numerous food stalls packed with yummy traditional treats. Keep off the stairs at dusk when lanterns start to light up, or you will be trapped in the crowd of tourists trying to capture this scenic moment with cameras. Arrange to visit Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and other attractions in New Taipei using our New Taipei road trip planning site .
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  • You can see the rooftops of the fantastic atmosphere. However, the insanely crowded. The night lights are highly recommended.
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  • Your Taiwan trip won’t be complete without visiting this place. Try also the famous Teahouse and try their traditional tea.  more »
  • The place has a charm of its own, lining the hill but be prepared for plenty of staircases. Jiufen is however, not a good place for breakfast or dinner, as the shops opens rather late at around 10am a...  more »
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  • It is a nice place to visit. There are many shops and lively. It is the place where Japanese Animate Movie "Spirited Away" shot the screen. And you can climb up to the mountain, the view is nice from the mountain. The only thing that I do not like is it's too crowded.
  • One of the must go places in Taiwan. With its ancient hilly structures and historical buildings and architectures. Plenty of food to try including the old style meatballs, rice to the more modern grilled mushroom and pink guava juice. Do stay overnight at one of the airbnb. Activities start from around 10am and ends by 6pm. You will have plenty of rest. Temperature is very cooling and even chilly when night falls.
  • Stopped by as part of a day tour and this was the highlight of the trip. The street was busy and packed but I think that was part of the experience. The street was lined with shops, mostly selling food or souvenirs. The food shops were all tempting, selling food from savoury to sweet. We were only there for about 40 minutes due to time constraints, which was not enough time to have a proper look around. Although it was easier to come with a tour, it looks like you are able to catch a bus from Taipei city to get here but it does look like quite an effort. It would be a nice day trip to shop and eat.
  • Should visit on weekday since it's less crowded than weekend. There have many restaurants to explore, and nice cafe along the road. During the night would be the perfect time to get the photo like the scene in Spirited Away. But be aware of the bus time after 8pm the bus will be less and you may have to take a taxi which expensive than usual.
  • it is an interesting town located on the hill near the sea. There are many food shops and souvenir shops along the way to the top of the hill. Food and souvenir are similar along the way. The Tea Room is very impressive with great sceneries of the Sea and Mountain view. The Tea Room owned by Chinese family for almost 80 years. Owner has very good hospitality.
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