Taiwan Day 7a – Jiufen attractions

From Keelung (blog post), we engaged Round Taiwan Round (RTR)’s service to tour Jiufen and Shifen. We will share some Jiufen attractions and neighbouring sightseeing spots.

As in Keelung, Rain followed us along the way! Scenic sea view along the coastal route to Jiufen. The waves are huge but we still spot anglers at the edge!

It might not be suitable for bikes along this coastal route as we noticed the trucks are fast and they keep overtaking. The strong winds might unbalance new bikers .

We visited Nanya Rocks (南雅奇石) first. As it was the onset of winter, the wind was chilling too.

Around the coastal region in Taiwan North Coast, the rocks have been shaped by 1000 years of wind, forming unique shapes.

Nanya rock GPS (25.119735, 121.892811).

Along the route, visitors will also see cemeteries along the hills.

We head back to the 陰陽海 Yin Yang Hai  Carpark GPS (25.121756, 121.864562) . The sea is Golden brown due to the heavy metal from the hills .

We can see the old smelting plant (水湳洞精炼厂) in the background.  It used to be 13 storeys but now lies in ruins.

Southpark’s Kenny taking a wefie.

 

Further up, 黃金瀑布 Golden Waterfall (GPS 25.117368, 121.861475)

 

This is one of the popular spots for tourists… and we are already resigned to the fact that rain will stay with us the whole day!

 

 

 

Our spacious VolksWagen Caravelle from Round Taiwan Round (RTR). They had sponsored our trips around Jiufen and Shifen.

 

金瓜石勸濟堂 (GPs 25.110133, 121.859780)

This is the 关公 Guan Gong at Jiufen (Chuen Ji Hall). You can also walk about 15 minutes to reach here from the Gold Museum (金瓜石黃金博物館).

We were supposed to visit two other spots but the rain disrupted our itinerary.

In case you have more time, do consider Buyenpavilion 不厭亭 (GPS 25.089343, 121.847490 ) and Gold Ecological Park 金瓜石黄金博物馆.

We headed straight to 九份老街 Jiufen Old street for some food to warm ourselves.

 

 

Taro balls, the adults prefer hot version. Kids did not find the chewy taro tasty.

 

Fish balls and squid snacks, spotted around many corners.

 

Pig blood 豬血糕 is not for everyone. the very thought of this ingredient chills my blood (no pun intended).

This traditional stall has a monopoly look-alike table.

If it rains, use the umbrellas or raincoat, but avoid looking like those tourist who cover their legs with plastic bags haha! It does not look good for photos and I thought it would be slippery too!

 

Traditional Taiwanese meatballs and popular cream puffs.

We went for the cream puffs as the queue was longer.

Candy for the kids.

You can see more Jiufen snacks on our Fanpage album. Besides the snacks, there are many souvenir shops too.

 jiufen map
jiufen map

 

Some will buy Li Yi snacks (太陽餅 sun cake and 鳳梨酥 pineapple tarts) for souvenirs too.

Visitors come to Jiufen because it resembles a Japanese neighbourhood. The Red lanterns and steep stairs are iconic too.

There is a rich cultural identity about Jiufen’s mining history.

九份老街
九份老街

We heard Jiufen’s popularity drops when the mining stops. Fortunes have changed again, Jiufen is now a popular tourist stop.

Jiufen Old Street
Jiufen Old Street

 

Jiufen attractions
Jiufen attractions

Many Instagramable corners.

 

An old cinema, 昇平戲院 Sheng Ping theatre.

 

The posters are so old-school, nostalgia.

 

The scenic views from the balconies.

More about Round Taiwan Round, if time permit, we can cover 5 or 6 destinations. But this might be too rushed around Ruifang, Jiufeng and Shifen hilly terrain.

Our original plan was to visit the following Jiufen attractions and scenic spots ( prioritised).
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2 buyenpavilion 不厭亭
3 Golden Waterfall 黃金瀑布
4 Gold Ecological Park 金瓜石黄金博物馆
1 Jiufen Old street 九份老街
1 Shifen Waterfall 十分大瀑布
1 Shifen Old Street 十分天燈

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One good thing about RTR’s Tripool programme is you have a list of spots to choose from. A few groups of visitors can car-pool and share a similar itinerary (consensus)

If you wish to charter your own vehicle, you can opt for RTR’s private service.

You may read about our Taichung RTR experience in this blog post, I also covered another beautiful hiking spot (light house) which is relatively near to Jiufen.

Read my experience about 鼻頭角 BiTouJiao (blog post) from 2017 Feb where I covered more Jiufen attractions. And it was RAINING too!

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It was a cool 8 to 13degrees when I visited 6 months earlier. Too cold! Instagram hashtag #SengkangBabiesTaiwan

 

Additional tips :

1)If you have the time, do stay one night in Jiufen. The town has a mystical feeling, especially when mist floats in and out.

There are two hills nearby to hike too, Keelong and Teapot. Both offers a good view of the surrounding landscape, and a good workout.

2) We would not advise self driving. The road up and down is very narrow and steep, and we have to look out for tourist coaches. First time visitors might find it hard to spot the mini-carparks too.

3) Bring your umbrella (raincoats preferred) along, the rain will always shower Jiufen.

4) Ruifang is the nearest train station to Jiufeng. A bus trip will be 20 to 30 minutes up Jiufeng.

 

Favourite meeting place in Jiufen
Favourite meeting place in Jiufen.

 

Photo albums :

Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing
Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
Day 6 Keelung 基隆
-Day 7 Ruifang, Jiufen and Shifen
-Day x Taipei HomeAway and Neighbourhood
Day 8 永康, Xi Men Ding, 象山, 饒河 Raohe
Day 9 and 10 北投 Beitou, Toyshop, 士林 Shilin

Blog posts :

** Taiwan Itinerary for families 
Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market
-Day 6 基隆 Keelung
Day 7a Jiufen attractions
Day 7b Shifen attractions
Taipei Neighbourhood around our HomeAway Vacation Home
Day 8a Yong Kang Street and Xi Men Ding
Day 8b Raohe Night Market, Wu Fen Pu and 象山 Elephant Mountain

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Diy Travelling Taiwan

Solo travelling can be a dilemma for me. I craved for the solo trip, the sense of freedom and adventure, yet I feel guilty about enjoying the moment without my family haha.

To be honest, the wanderlust in me tells me that the best holiday is the one without an itinerary. Backpack style, own-time-own-target OTOT.

 

鼻頭角 BiTouJiao

 

To travel on my own is a luxury. We parents tend to focus everything on our kids and family first, and sometimes we neglect our own aspirations :p

Our kids are now bigger and I am glad that they prefer an adventurous itinerary over a 3D2N shopping trip, this really allow us to stretch our travel options (checkout our Chiang Mai or Sabah adventures!)

 

Biking, hiking, snorkeling, hot spring (they call it 泡汤, literally dipping in soup!) Too many family friendly activities in Taiwan.

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While researching for Taiwan attractions, we came across Round Taiwan Round (RTR, 玩島玩旅行社).

Besides the family friendly attractions, your usual 西門町 Xi Men Ding, 清境 Cing Jing or 阿里山 Alishan, RTR has more unique tours on their menu.

-Plucking Strawberries and Grapes in Miaoli
-White water rafting in Hualian
-Hiking in He Huan Shan or Taroko
-Para-gliding near to Sun Moon Lake!

There are a few ways to enjoy Round Taiwan Round’s packages. Whichever method is your preference, the website and detail descriptions make itinerary planning easier. We can even select a Mandarin or English speaking driver.

1)Private Tours – which offers total freedom, comfort and flexibility

Sky Walking in Nantou sounds cool!

2) Shared and custom itinerary, carpool with other tourists. Tripool allows you to choose your favourite attractions. Sharing can be more affordable for solo travellers and families.

Round Taiwan Round will recommend the best route to optimise your travel time. Sample “shared” Taichung and Nantou tour.

 

Tripool (sharing) gives you more options to customise your itinerary, but  is only available for Jiufen and Taroko at the moment.

Sample Jiufen attractions which you can pick for your Tripool itinerary.
Just pick 5 or 6 attractions for a full-day itinerary (all looks interesting!)

 

Round Taiwan Round
Round Taiwan Round jiufen
3)Even if you are totally clueless, RTR has a “Smart Itinerary”.
In three easy steps, create your own itinerary!

 

RTR has an online agent to help with your queries too, itinerary planning cannot be easier.

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Photos above are from my recent Taiwan trip (Facebook album).  The other photos should credit Round Taiwan Round .

If you are in need of some travel ideas crowd sourcing, do pop by Round Taiwan Round (Facebook and Instagram) for more inspiring ideas.

RTR makes travelling in Taiwan so easy, I might be tempted to extend my Taiwan holidays 🙂

ps.. GPS for sights above, top to bottom:

-象山 Elephant Mountain trail head (GPS 25.027377, 121.570769)
-鼻頭角 BiTouJiao (GPS 25.128797, 121.923279)
-十分Shifen (GPS 25.042294, 121.776472)
-基隆山Keelung Mountain trail head (GPS 25.111730, 121.847446)