Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip Tips:
- Transportation from Taipei by bus: No. 1062, starting at MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing station
- Not recommended going to JiuFen by car: hard to park!
- Warning: a lot of people will be taking the bus out of JiuFen in the afternoon! Recommend first visit JiuFen then JingQuaShi, so you could take the first stop of No. 1062 and get seats!
After we visited JingGuaShi, the next main area of our Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip was JiuFen 九份. Like JingGuaShi JiuFen was formerly a mining town, yet the dense, crowded residential building made it into now one of the most famous old streets in Taiwan.
Inside JiuFen’s most crowded street: JiShan Street 基山街.
“Uncle’s Fish Ball”
Fish balls soup plus surimi tofu.
Another local fish/pork/squid ball shop.
Assorted balls soup.
Interestingly there were lots of dogs (and cats) here at JiuFen old street.
Eventually JiShan Street intersected with JiuFen’s most famous view: the long staircase of ShuQi Road (豎旗路). Here there were lots of tea houses for short relaxation (of course the pricing was something to concern about).
JiuFen’s famous long staircase road.
Rumors said the director of highly acclaimed animation “Spirited Away” got the film’s bathhouse inspiration from JiuFen.
Despite the formidable price, we took a rest at JiuFen’s iconic tea house: A-Mei Tea House (阿妹茶樓).
Tea house’s entrance.
Great sea shore view from here.
Simple tea pairing.
Bamboo strips menu.
Local historical theater.
Gas tank unloading. Right in the middle of the crowd…
Old people traffic jam. We took another detour.
After short rest at the tea house, we continued go up toward the top of JiuFen.
Near the top of JiuFen was a famous taro ball shaved ice shop.
Taro ball making.
Finally, at the top of JiuFen old street was an elementary school.
School’s entrance staircase became unofficial sit benches.
To end our Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip, we walked further up the hills, and came back from the road that passed through JingGuaShi.