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. Arrange to visit Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and other attractions in Xinbei using our Xinbei road trip planning site .
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  • Jiufen is on the mountain. Just the trip worth it for the view. Is the location of typical mountain tea. Very good. In addition is a village with narrow streets, typical craft shops, typical food and traditional tea houses.
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  • Hello, everyone! Today we will visit a special place where you will find lots of magic stuff. It is usually made of clay, everybody called it “Ocarina”. This special shop is located in Jiufen that is ...  more »
  • I don't think you sent to commemorate the Taiwan trip may be good, but anyway most people, special. This 10-minute and think Jioufen taxi Charter tour we enjoyed good, but disappointing if only Jioufen. If you are going anyway, is going fit 10 minutes.
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  • Old alley packed with shops, food shops and people. A few food shops quite unique and good. The rest just repeatition along the alley. Sausages were good and there were about 3 - 4 selling these. We tried 2 stalls, one selling black pork sausage and another garlic pork sausage. Grill squid also great. Last but not least white bitter gourd juice... kind of "strange" but believed by local to have many benefits.
  • We hired a driver who took us from Taipei to Jiufen. Took about an hour to get there. The town is located at the top of a mountain slope facing the sea. The view is worth the trip! There's lots of snacks and souvenirs to buy. There's a lot of tea houses facing the sea so be sure to allocate some time to experience the serenity.
  • This place has been on my lists of places to visit for a very long time. In fact one of the main reasons for visiting Taiwan whilst in Korea was to visit this place. Of course because I had hyped it up in my mind so much I was slightly disappointed when I got there. If you are expecting to go and take stunning photos of the tea house and recreating the magic of Sprited Away that is not going to happen. There were people everywhere near the tea house and the streets leading up to it. Plenty of stalls to eat from but be prepared to move at the crowds pace. But my disappointment was made up for by the views surrounding it. We detoured away from the crowds and was amazed because of the height we were at. Jiufen is also super easy to get to from Taipei.
  • Came on a day it was pouring rain. The street itself is fun, but nothing crazy special. It's loaded with tourists (like myself!) and has all the standard tourists trappings. Toy shops, expensive food, knick knacks unrelated to anything about Jiufen, and lots of vendors hawking for your business. Was fun to walk around, yet I think most of the charm would likely have been to wander in the beautiful landscape surrounding Jiufen. Hopefully next time I visit it'll be when it isn't raining like crazy, and I'll have a more exciting experience!
  • Honestly there is not many thing to see in this area, excepting you are a big fan of Spirit Away anime. The food stalls is so so like other night markets around Taiwan. But, do try taro balls, peanut ice cream, and having tea in some tea house (though, A Mei has the best view). Be ready to be lost this area during weekend, so many people !!

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