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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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  • This is the 2nd time we go visit Jiufen. The last time we had a private hire car to bring us there plus a few other places for one full day. This time round we try to take public transport to experien...  more »
  • The weather in chiufen is not stable that it is said that rain occurs nearly everyday. The transport to visit chiufen is not very convenient (most people asked for a taxi). There are many shops sellin...  more »
  • This place is old, over crowded & smell bad & dirty. It is just some old valley with plenty of shops selling mostly food, local crafts etc. It get really crowded during weekend and even harder to walk...  more »
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  • This is the second time I've been to this party of Taiwan, and there are two key things to take note of, with the first being the location that inspired parts of Howl's Moving Castle, and the second is there are really some mainstay stores that wouldn't disappear, so if you didn't get to buy something during your visit, it's highly likely to still be there on your next visit. My favourite dishes and things​ to buy when around here would be the pork crisps, the chocolate that resembles coal and Taiwan high tea (taste is clean and very sophisticated), the deep fried mushroom, ice cream rolled with peanuts in a flour wrapper and a cold bowl of those multi colored rice flour balls are definitely good snacks.
  • In A Nutshell: -Jiufen Old Street is an awesome place to explore. -You can take the train from Taipei Main Station and get off at Ruifang Station. -From there take a taxi. -Once you get to the area, you'll see a lot of tourists/buses. -The entrance is very small & narrow, but you'll recognize the sign which is in both Chinese & English. -There are tons of stalls: fruit, mushroom, snail, stinky tofu, shaved ice & handmade items. -It's a very scenic place to be. -You sit high up in the mountain with some great views of Keelung City off the distant right & the East China Sea, which look picture perfect during sunset. Overall, I once told myself this is a place I would consider retiring at. Mental bookmark ;)
  • I loved this place. It's a historical place in Taiwan and is located along a mountain. The streets are quite narrow but is full of shops and restaurants. Some stuff here cannot be found in other shops around Taipei. Great for picture taking because of the view and very near other tourist spots. It's a bit far from Taipei city.
  • Just like any other night market and old Street this is one not to be missed. There are so many stalls there selling different things. I had a inexpensive meal there as well which was delicious! Great place to visit!
  • Jiufen is known to be the place that inspired the Animated Movie: Spirited Away. This little town is bolstering with small busy stores that sell various items, from sticky tofu to delightful souvenirs. Definitely a must go to when you are planning to visit Taiwan. You can take the bus from new Taipei City going here.