Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Xinbei

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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 Xinbei using our Xinbei road trip planning site .
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  • From the nearest station, Rui Fang taxi takes less than 20 minutes. It is a uniform price 205 Yuan. What a rip-off. Mountain climbing. We are in the place stopped the taxi. Is the image on top, and goes up from there. Going to move people and expands the main spot. I would understand if you go. Tell him when you taxi down the difference between Japan and open the door yourself, thank you (^ ^ Isuzu
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  • Arrived at 16 o'clock before the sun goes down, waiting for a sunset stroll and variety store all-or-nothing proposition. So enjoy it started getting dark, symbol of Red Lantern light and pretty, too many people wave to step forward to stop Chelsea. Terrible, would be better during the day's line of Sen and Chihiro effect near the main tea shops are bottom on book tours, so alone go to to enter the shop. Similar except that the main restaurant near a grocery store and restaurants are lined, and narrow the scope for still crowded. I think I saw the well 1 times is better, but from Taipei Times 1? in going so many times, and it takes place. Prepare the rain, because it rains a lot seems to be good? I luckily finished in a light rain, but the guide said 7 percent of the annual rain
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  • 9, old town road, many people. Having said that lucky when it doesn't shake the rain mountain so taken for granted. Recommended degree folding umbrella umbrella is required, but at any rate it. Delicious and Naomi is full! I think also yubaba Shop Photo spot, is considerably more people, but there is % during entered slowly.
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  • We hired a driver who took us from Taipei to Jiufen. Took about an hour to get there. The town is located at the top of a mountain slope facing the sea. The view is worth the trip! There's lots of snacks and souvenirs to buy. There's a lot of tea houses facing the sea so be sure to allocate some time to experience the serenity.
  • Came on a day it was pouring rain. The street itself is fun, but nothing crazy special. It's loaded with tourists (like myself!) and has all the standard tourists trappings. Toy shops, expensive food, knick knacks unrelated to anything about Jiufen, and lots of vendors hawking for your business. Was fun to walk around, yet I think most of the charm would likely have been to wander in the beautiful landscape surrounding Jiufen. Hopefully next time I visit it'll be when it isn't raining like crazy, and I'll have a more exciting experience!
  • the ladder height challenging. great place must visit. should consider stay over night or spent full day here. there is plenty of food n drink. if you need a place to kill time n rest, should go to cinema & enjoy some show
  • Very cool shopping area. Way larger than I expected. Tucked away into the side of a mountain provided awesome views. Excellent combination of merchandise stores and food. Highly recommend.
  • It is insanely busy here. Please do not drive here, you will be in for a world of hurt to drive. Even though it is busy it is still worth seeing because it is such a unique experience. I will say the various night markets around Taiwan will give you a similar experience without the clutter.

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