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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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  • To go by train and bus is your best bet as parking looks to be a nightmare. From Taipei main station take a local train (not the metro) to Ruifang. Exit the station and cross the road. Turn left for a...  read more »
  • Taxi tour of the most had hoped to take advantage of jiufen! But the fact that too many people did not schedule the desired skyline is not exhausted nabbed, including true, though Hong was terrific
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  • I was a 15 year Buri of parents in Taiwan, Taiwan's first trip. May I have visited before, so I only want to bring parents, revisited. 1 splash! Feel it is. Very satisfying and very crowded, good public transportation and day home care, because the night was 9, small town. Deep mine old town and ten, which took the bus around the pingsi line at station Rui Fang, Jioufen went by bus. Had a little because it was difficult, but only in Jioufen have nothing one day, this route was. 10,-9 I think does not cost so much, while a taxi. Jioufen attractions, and to hang out while watching the street stalls in the old city and the AKAN sister tea drinking Hall, a movie theater. Crowded with views either of the nostalgic, ambience. Into the residential area, and a new year there are old people and sipping tea and calm. Is Taiwan really much drink tea. 混んだり I think it is useful, as there is direct bus from Taipei, but also seems to, even after 15 years is too much here to access is not good and it made me think. Tourists from many people so it still is great. 9 ate a potato dumpling, specialty suites are two very different taste, surprised. It may have had a very good. Looked at the thinking and translucent Puni was one with red ones when I went before, what it is, but this time also. I wanted to eat that meat bun filled with red yeast rice is red with little fear, could give the hand, but now look, red yeast rice? Also 9, famous it seems.
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  • A familiar sight for those who have watched Spirited Away, jiufen is best approached starting from the top if you want to skip the hike up. It's especially pretty from afar at night when the lanterns are lit, but if you're just traveling here for a few hours, would recommend getting taro balls and perhaps tea at one of the cafes with good view. Their fishballs and jiang mu cha (ginger tea) are famous as well, but you can find souvenirs for cheaper elsewhere.
  • It's what you expect from a place like this. If you are a brand new tourist to Asia then u will love it cuz you don't know what to expect. If you know, then this place will fulfill your yearly craving for exotic old street. If you are more of a seasoned Asian traveler like me, this place is very touristy and dirty.
  • To feel ‪Spirited Away, Miyazaki films‬ of ‪Studio Ghibli. Here is the place in which inspired the movie. Jiufen was a gold ‪mining‬ town built by ‪Japanese‬. Now it has so many restaurants, cafes, tea houses, and shops for snacks, souvenirs and things! We went there from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing, then take bus 1062 to Jiufen. There are much to see, to eat, and to shop, but it was difficult to enjoy much since it was so crowded.... and too crowded in some areas when we went. I hope you will have better luck than we! However, if you like crowd, you will have a blast! There are a lot of quiet paths that you can still enjoy the town. I suggest a visit to the tourist information to get a map before starting your journey.
  • One of the conservation town adopted to the tourist attraction which located not too far from Taipei to travel by public transportation. Shops of local food and souvenir shops can enjoy to taste and visit along the walkways. The ambiance of sunset is very amazing.
  • It's a must go for me when I saw pictures of it and learnt that it's the inspiration for the Japanese animation Spirited Away. The old street is crowded. But it's easy to find a decent tea house to sit and relax and enjoy the view. I didn't like anything ginger before this trip. The street is filled with shops selling black sugar ginger tea. I tried a few cups and I was hooked. It is very easy to get from Taipei city via train then taxi about 200 twd to the place.
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