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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  • August 18, 2017
    Jiufen was, for a long time, a gold mining town. During World War Two, when Formosa, as it was then called, was colonised by the Japanese, they used allied prisoners of war to mine the gold. The gold ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Title street access is bad. Buses, we eventually went by taxi and back. A rip-off because taxi taxi was originally 9 make me let me ride on that charge last-order before the ride stopped the taxi, taxi is targeting, which go to people, not about how much you take. You can't ride not possible due to earlier if you take the bus on the way back. Forgo the bus and wait for the bus, which came ninth, where at has already been packed on so many. We are in the pattern, results returned by taxi. In a shared (6 or so) came home and was aimed at tourists by taxi only catch is difficult. I was scared because they are driving. 9, which itself has lots of shops, some more walk and fun!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very crowded, dangerous or negative information, so I went in the morning. Taipei main station 9:00 post just from its own strong No. (Express), 35 minutes by Rui Fang station. From there by bus 10-in 15 minutes to old town (uphill starts and asks) train 76 Yuan, bus 24 from total 100 Yuan (about 400 Yen) per hour, arrived. 10:00 the old town is very less people, but slowly because the shop was open, argumentative and taste the taro suites, making Hanko, admire the views from the observation deck. Very polite. It is well situated. Return was of shops on zhongxiao reconstruction, Highway bus station in Taipei City. One hour's. I was able to sleep early morning so we arrived. 98 Yuan. As much as 800 yen to easier were packed, so it was fun, but in the tour and taxis taken thousands of yen a subtle attraction or even.
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  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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 ;)
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    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!
  • June 13, 2017
    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.

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