Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang

3.9
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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  • Taiwan read the cultural climate of the place, to the time there is a little rain, the road is wet and all are stairs, the elderly children to be extra careful, the environment is beautiful is the holiday when there are more people
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  • A hot little street. A very large number of people. Come back in ten years. A lot of stores have changed. But the whole feeling is still the same. The food is delicious, too. And people read it. Very good.
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  • The stairs which are quite steep are followed. Because the width is narrow, and there are a lot of tourists, I think that it is better to be made to open both hands. Because I am tired when it is a round-trip staircase, I recommend the course which is climbed from Motoyama Street and is under the stairs.
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  • Super crowded spots. But definitely worth visiting here. There are so many delicious local foods and fusion foods as well. Can also buy souvenirs by reasonable price. Night views are also very beautiful but so many tourist visit here night time.
  • Nice place to try local delicacies or buy Taiwan souvenir.. you can also get nice Taiwan tea here. The street is generally very crowded during holidays or weekend .. but the crowd is well behaved and disciplined. You can spend 1 to 2 hr here doing window shopping and eating quality street food.
  • My second time here in this beautiful old street plagued by an abundance of tourists. The food here was okay, nothing exceptionally worth noting, until I came across the quail eggs and red guava fruits right at the end of the street! The sauce was special for the eggs and the guava was crunchy yet soft at the same time. I would come here again just to have an experience at the tea house since I didn’t get to have a go at it for my past 2 visits.
  • Quaint old town on the outskirts of Taipei City that’s a hour’s drive away. I feel like it’s a little commodified - both the linkages to Spirited Away & the 228 incident (gave it 4 stars for that), but nonetheless a very delightful little town with great food (the squid sausages are a must-try!!!) and amazing tea! Warning: there’s a fair number of steps to climb!
  • A must see destination in Taiwan. Unique scenery. I recommend be seeing both day time and night time. Lots of interesting food and souvenirs too. However, traffic can get a bit tricky. Best too hire a charter car to come here.
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