Jiufen was only an isolated village until 1893, when gold was discovered in the area. The resulting gold rush hastened the village's development into a town, and reached its peak during the Japanese rule. Many present features of Jiufen reflect the era under Japanese colonization, with many Japanese inns surviving to this day. During World War II, a POW camp named Kinkaseki was set up in the village, holding Allied soldiers captured in Singapore (including many British) who worked in the nearby gold mines. Gold mining activities declined after World War II, and the mine was shut off in 1971. Jiufen quickly went into decline, and for a while the town was mostly forgotten." Source from Wiki.
It took about 30-45 minutes drive from Yehliu to this small town - Jiufen. Drove through the winding roads and at last we reached the busy and sharp corner where the Jiufen Old Street (九份老街) located.
The 180 degree sharp bend at Jiufen
The above photo was taken by Tokina 11-16mm lens
This was the tourist hotspot of Jiufen. Everyone will definitely visit the old street for the first time, and so do we...
It is a long narrow alley which paved by stones and the alley was continue ascending...felt like hiking a small hill...:)
The entrance of the Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
There were many food stalls around and if you have a big belly, that will be paradise for you! Too bad I don't have it, haha!
Food stalls along Jiufen Old Street, have you ever try the Yam ball? (Top right)
Top left : I like the peanut ice-cream
Top right : Admire the innovative food process machine very much!
Bottom left : Grilled sea snail
Bottom right : Shark ball?! (Second basket from right)
You can chose to take the food while strolling along the street or even find a Unique cafe or restaurant to dine in...
Like the deco of this small restaurant
The restaurant which is lower than the street...unique.
Western Restaurant and the corner...like the design too!
Suddenly, I been attracted by a musical instrument came out from no-where! After searching and followed the music, we found this shop...the boss was playing with the instrument...
The colourful Taiwan Ocarina.
Tourists from everywhere in the world.
After hanging around the food stalls and souvenirs shops area, we continued to walk to the top...
Jiufen Tea House
The Ceramic Gallery of Jiufen Tea House
I like the decoration. They created the cozy and relax ambience in the whole Jiufen Tea House!
Jiufen Tea House was not the only one around, there are many other tea house, cafes and restaurants around! And they are all in different and unique decoration.
The scenic view from the top of Jiufen Old Street
The Jiufen small town
There were many tea house at the both side of the viewing area, many tourists or travelers enjoy their tea and mesmerizing the beautiful view of Jiufen.
Customers enjoyed the scenic view with the tea...
Another Tea House...
Amazing isn't it?!
After enjoyed the fresh air and the view from the area, we chose to walked down the hill via another street named - QingBian road.
Well, it was also full of restaurants again! If I had enough time, I will definitely visit every restaurant or cafe I can to enjoy the environments and their decorations. They were so Special!
I was admired the cafe (left) for a moment while descending...
Do you notice the 'Cave' below? It was a restaurant's entrance, very creative!
It's difficult to find a public toilet around here, I only saw once while we walking down, so be prepare...
The public toilet at Jiufen
Another Unique restaurant along the way...
We chose another way to get back to the Jiufen Old Street where we can walked through their village's alley...and feel the different of Jiufen.
The alley at Jiufen village
I wish the above house it's the homestay...so antique and nice!
And I found this Unique post box at the corner...
We went into a Yam Ball dessert shop after we back to the old street...will blog about it in my next post.
We took about 2 hours to finished walking at the old street area, I felt Not enough at all for a day trip here! I will definitely come back again and put a night or two at this peaceful small town, especially at the Homestay. Well, I like it Very Much!
Finally, I visited Jiufen.
Related post :-
* My Taiwan Trip on May, 2011
Location map of Jiufen Small Town of Taiwan