Taipei Trip Part 7: Jiufen, the real world of Miyazaki Anime “Spirited Away”

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[Introduction]

I traveled to Taiwan for four days and three nights. This time, I visited Taipei and its surrounding areas. In this article, I will write about walking around Jiufen as part of Day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Flying to Taipei & Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
* Day 1: Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, National Taiwan Museum and National Museum of History
* Day 1: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Light-up)
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Jingtong)
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Shifen)
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Houtong)
* Day 2: Jiufen [This article]
* Day 3: National Palace Museum
* Day 3: National Martyrs’ Shrine
* Day 3: Xinyi District
* Day 3: Taipei 101
* Day 4: 228 Peace Memorial Park, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple and Ximending
* Day 4: Huashan 1914 Creative Park & Return to Home

[Travel Date]
2016.04.27-30

[Main Part]

Going to Jiufen

Now I returned from Houtong station to Ruifang station. Then, I will move to Jiufen.Ruifang station

I planed to move from Ruifang to Jiufen by bus and moved to the nearest bus stop on foot.""

In the bus.""

I arrived at the entrance of Jishan Street, which was the starting point of walking around Jiufen.Jiufen Seven Eleven

Walking around Jiufen

To begin with, I walked around Jishan Street, the main street of Jiufen. There were a variety of shops along Jishan Street.Jiufen Jishan Street1

Jiufen Jishan Street2

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Jiufen Jishan Street4

Jiufen Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan1

Jiufen Jishan Street5

There was also such a sightseeing spot where visitors were able to view the sea.Jiufen Sea

Jiufen Observatory

Along with Jishan Street, Shuqi Street was another main street.Jiufen Shuqi Street1

I just happened to see a big dog.""

Jiufen Shuqi Street2

Jiufen Shuqi Street3

A Mei Tea House is one of the most famous tourist spots in Jiufen.Jiufen A Mei Tea House1

Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan and Jioufen Teahouse

Jiufen is famous for its light-up scenery in the evening. Since there was still time before the sunset, I will fill the time by having quick bites.

First, I stopped by Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan.Jiufen Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan2

Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan is famous for its taro balls.Jiufen Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan3

Then, I visited Jioufen Teahouse.Jiufen Jioufen Teahouse1

Jioufen Teahouse is a gallery as well as a teahouse.Jiufen Jioufen Teahouse2

I ordered a set of tea and pineapple cake.Jiufen Jioufen Teahouse Pineapple cake

Jioufen Teahouse had a patio and here is the view from the terrace.Jiufen Jioufen Teahouse patio

Light-up in Jiufen

Now the sun started to go down, I moved to A Mei Tea House.Jiufen A Mei Tea House2

This is Skyline Tea House located across from A Mei Tea House.Jiufen Skyline Tea House1

The light-up has started.Jiufen A Mei Tea House3

The scenery was really fantastic.Jiufen Skyline Tea House2

It was the magic hour.Jiufen A Mei Tea House Light-up1

Around A Mei Tea House.Jiufen Light-up1

There were so many visitors around here.Jiufen Light-up2

Jiufen Light-up3

Jiufen Light-up4

Along with A Mei Tea House, this area with the signboard of “A City of Sadness” was another photo spot in Jiufen.Jiufen A City of Sadness

Jiufen Light-up5

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Jiufen Light-up7

I returned to around A Mei Tea House.Jiufen Light-up8

Jiufen Light-up9

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Jiufen A Mei Tea House Light-up2

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At the observatory where visitors can see the sea.Jiufen sea sunset

Now I will return to the hotel.Jiufen Jishan Street Light-up

Though I expected in advance, there was a long queue at the bus stop. In the meantime, several taxi drivers offered a share ride to Taipei station for NT$200 per person, so I returned to Taipei by taxi.Jiufen taxi

Light-up at Taipei station

After I got off the taxi at Taipei station, I took some photos of Taipei station with light-up.Taipei station Light-up1

Taipei station Light-up2

Taipei station Light-up3

Locomotive.Taipei station Locomotive Light-up1

Taipei station Locomotive Light-up2

There was a roof garden at CAESAR PARK TAIPEI where I stayed and hotel guests were able to see wonderful views of Taipei station from the garden.CAESAR PARK TAIPEI roof garden

The second day of my Taipei trip was over.

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about walking around Jiufen as part of Day 2.

Jiufen was the filming location of “A City of Sadness” and is said to be a model of “Spirited Away”. Now Jiufen has become one of the most popular tourists spots in Taiwan, so I saw lots of visitors there. Although the access to Jiufen is not so easy, I believe Jiufen is worth for visit 🙂

In the next article, I will write about National Palace Museum as part of Day 3.

[Map]

[Related Link]
Taipei Travel (English)
Taiwan Tourism Bureau (English)
Jioufen Teahouse (English)


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