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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. Our Xinbei trip itinerary maker makes visiting Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and other Xinbei attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Quite disappointed by this visit. The village and the site are jagged and quite nice but cluttered with shops to tourists, selling everything but especially anything. Not worth a visit of half a day. Perhaps the site's most romantic.
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  • The story behind Jiufen (as told to us by a local) is interesting in itself - nine families lived on the hill, and each time they head down to get supplies, a representative would get 9 portions on th...  more »
  • I went by taxi from Taipei. One way was the $ 1,000 in about 40 minutes. After the tour we already arrived 7:30 at night too much out of Taipei, so with, it wasn't crowded. However, most souvenir shops had closed. But the atmosphere of the lanterns and the city is sufficiently easy and I think because I was good to go. Was waiting for a taxi or pick up a taxi ride home, was so anxious to put. Taxi drivers is so much fun, very friendly and nice people.
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  • located all the way to the top of the mountain. You can get to this place via train/ bus or by scooter. I went by scooter so i managed to avoid all the droves of people heading to that location. the place has a good selection of food at the old street and also a lot of souvenirs. There are also a lot of tea houses which you can get a good clear scenic view of the sea as well. Definitely a must go for the view and also trying out good local food!
  • really love this place especially when night time, the scenery so dramatic. have to come here and sleep minimum two night... you wont regret, plz trust me....
  • Are you a Spirited Away fan? If you have seen it- Jiufen is what inspired Miyazaki's street stalls in the movies and the bathhouse. If you haven't seen it, and don't mind anime cartoons, watch it! It has an incredible score, and is a complex but thought provoking movie. Anyways, Jiufen has lots to offer, incredible views of the ocean alongside an old town, shopping, food, and photos. Some highlights here are the taro balls, costume "photo booth," and the famous Teahouse. Parking here is terrible, and taxis will try to rip you off on your way back to Taiwan. Also, prepare for lots of tourists by the teahouse. This can easily take half a day, and I recommend sitting at a restaurant with the ocean view as it becomes dusk. Stay at night also, the streets come alive with the lanterns- but things may close around 8-9 so be aware of that as well.
  • Jiufen is too touristy and crowded for my liking even when I went on a weekday (thursday). The only nice thing about here is the scenery? Good to visit jiufen just once for the experience since its inspired by spirited away movie.
  • Amazing view, lots of climbing a great experience. Even in the rain. Worth your time. You won't be disappointed.