Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang

3.8
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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  • We almost had no time on our itinerary for a visit to this touristy little collection of streets located near Keelung in the north of the country. But a small break in schedule allowed us to squeeze....  more »
  • Popular & touristy thing to do. Be prepared to battle the crowds if you visit on the weekend. A bevy of souvenir shops selling leather goods, jewelry items, massage trinkets and food vendors + tea...  more »
  • I would have loved this place had it been not overly touristy. There were a lot of people here to the point of taking small steps because there's little space to move around. It's an interesting...  more »
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  • While the views are beautiful and there are many interesting and cool things to see, in some area you can hardly move due to the insane masses of tourists. The A-Mei tea house pictured here, was the inspiration behind the bathhouse in Spirited Away. Down the streets there are a lot of unique little gift shops and street food hole in the walls, although some may be overpriced. This is a place I would definitely visit again, although maybe in the daytime on a week day to avoid the crowds
  • Fun place for a day visit. Drive up on scooter and stayed the night. Place mostly closes around 8pm. We stayed at a cool little hotel that has a bar is open later but outside of that not much. Food is good. The ice cream burrito is excellent. Amei tea house was also good and fun. And the scenery is awesome.
  • A beautiful place up the in mountain. A lovely place with many delicious delicacy and stuff that could only be bought here. Famous taro ball, famous dried food and lots of other food around. The place is for everyone to visit. Current there is an issue going up if you are a tour group, you will be place at 5-10minutes down the mountain and there’s a bus to come up. So prepare coins or use your 悠遊卡. Overall the place is now better than last time.
  • This place is a great place to explore. A market place situated in the streets of an old town in the hills, the maze of shops get easily get confusing. Be sure to stop by to sample the many foods the shops have to offer, sit down and have some dessert of browse the items they have for sale. The views of the hills and the sea from some of them are breathtaking so be sure to stop and buy something to gain access to them.
  • The parking fee for car around here is about 100-200 per time differed by the distance. Or you still can take the bus underneath the mountain to get here. Historical town compacts of old fashion buildings. Pleasant atmosphere while walking along the street in which a extensive variety of Taiwanese traditional foods are offered by the vendors. Having a cup of tea or coffee for taking a short rest is a good idea while you reach the end of the old street. Climbing onto the top of the mountain nearby you’re gonna be surprised by the magnificent scenery of the town viewing which is the best option for photograph enthusiasts. Anyways, it’s a must try viewing spot in Taiwan. But it’s a little bit crowded on weekend since here’s is a popular tourist attraction.

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