Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang

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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. Arrange to visit Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and other attractions in Ruifang using our Ruifang road trip planning site .
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  • It is interesting place but not that great. It sells almost the same stuff that you get at night markets. Of course there are some food that you can get only at Jiufen. I just spend an hour at Jiufen....  more »
  • Many great food options and perhaps a place to but last minute souvenirs before you leave Taiwan but definitely worth a day trip. Mind that over the weekends thousands of people go there for a day.  more »
  • At dusk when the suggested that, to arrive around 4 a.m. went. Got the impression that and are lined with bright House is full of so much popular, feeling, not a shop crammed with me smells a lot. People drink until sunset at the Café Taiwan tea break, around 6 pm when you shop! Spot is said to have become a particularly spirited scene is really crowded! But I think it is crowded and worth seeing. It was so fantastic and beautiful scenery. You may not, however, the bus was too crowded. The bus bug bum and modest, taxi touts. I think it is helpful to know beforehand how to return. Not because we really got on the bus to Taipei City is using the high speed the bus seats are not so we went by bus on the way, aboard a local train, came back.
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  • If you are looking for that night market feel, don't come here. It is basically a super cleaned up version of a night market and in all honesty feel sterile. There are nice teas and food snacks but most of them can be found else where. I feel that jiufen doesn't live up to the spirit of what it is suppose to be. there seems to be a lack of anything but shops to sell food. I was expecting historical stuff but got none.
  • It's a bit out of the way but not difficult to get to. The bus ride was pretty good, great views getting the road, which were super narrow. I felt the bus driver was a magician. The market isn't as large as others one visited but filled with hole in the wall restaurants with delicious food. I also had the tappioca dessert. Very good. Toward the far side of the market are tea houses sand restaurants with great views of water and mountain. Only negative thing would be the crowds, not fun on the narrow market streets.
  • It is a nice place to visit. There are many shops and lively. It is the place where Japanese Animate Movie "Spirited Away" shot the screen. And you can climb up to the mountain, the view is nice from the mountain. The only thing that I do not like is it's too crowded.
  • One of the must go places in Taiwan. With its ancient hilly structures and historical buildings and architectures. Plenty of food to try including the old style meatballs, rice to the more modern grilled mushroom and pink guava juice. Do stay overnight at one of the airbnb. Activities start from around 10am and ends by 6pm. You will have plenty of rest. Temperature is very cooling and even chilly when night falls.
  • One of the good place that should be visited in Taipei. The scenery is amazing. There are lots of local food and interesting goods. However it might too crowded if you go on the weekend.
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