The old streets of Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan

On the third day of our Taiwan trip, we visited  the mountain village of Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan.  Since it is a mountain area, we have to park our bus and walk up the stairs to the village.  There are many steps to climb but it is really worth it as the feeling of entering the old streets is indescribable. Actually, in the morning of the same day, we visited Taiwan’s National Palace Museum.  But, no photography is allowed in the museum, so there is no photo to share in my blog.  The museum is worth to visit if you are interested with historical art such as bronzes, lacquer ware, jade, textiles and religious artifact. Let reads on about our visit to Jiufen (九份)

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
We parked here at the car park and walked all the way up to Jiufen.  We can see the Jiufen village from here. The tourists buses here at Taiwan are so colourful.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Saw this big cat statue on the roof of a souvenir shop in Jiufen. There are actually more dogs than cats in Taiwan. Most dogs carry a first aid kit and some even has earthquake kit.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
This photo shows how big is the cat sitting on the roof of the souvenir shop at Jiufen.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
This is the starting of walking up the stairs into Jiufen. Unless you are very fit, it is recommended not to carry heavy gear when visiting Jiufen (九份).

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
A cute Taiwanese little girl  drinking and watching visitors of Jiufen

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Up and up we climb the stairs. There are many nice things to see and touch on the way so we don’t really feel tired.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Reaching soon and start to see the old style and traditional shop houses of Jiufen.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
One of the traditional shop converted into a restaurant at Jiufen.

An old building of Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
An old building of Jiufen.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
We chose to walk into the old streets of Jiufen. It is so packed with tourists from all over the world.

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A lot of souvenirs shop here at Jiufen (九份). But we didn’t buy any here, since we don’t want to carry too many stuff and walk down the stairs later.

Bitter gourd juice! Bitter and cooling.
Bitter gourd juice! Bitter and cooling. It actually cured my sore throat so I can eat more delicious Taiwan food.

Grilled sea snails at Jiufen (九份)
BBQ Snail! A quick Google revealed it is actually called Grilled sea snails.


A closer look on the Grilled sea snails.  Looks delicious but we didn’t dare to try.

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Another shot at the grilled sea snails. Was wondering again if want to give it a try.

Grilled mushroom at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
In the end. we try this grilled mushroom instead. Quite juicy and chewy. One of the recommended snacks in Taiwan.

Pork balls and fish balls at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
Many shop selling pork balls and fish balls in Jiufen.

Shop selling souvenirs at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
Shop selling souvenirs. So many choices don’t know how to choose.

Shop selling snacks and tidbits at Jiufen (九份), New Taipei City, Taiwan
Shop selling snacks and tidbits.

T-shirt shop of Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Also got a lot of t-shirt shop here.

T-shirt shop of Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
More Taiwan t-shirt.

Ice cream at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
Ice cream! Weather is cold in Jiufen, so not a good idea to eat ice cream.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
More fish ball.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Uncle selling snacks.

Handmade baskets Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Handmade baskets

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Bitter gourd juice. 1 cup for NT$ 70. 3 cups for NT$ 200. I tried this juice and it is very bitter. However it does cure my sore throat.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Street of Jiufen, lanterns are everywhere.

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
Shop selling bags and more bags.

Caps and bags at Jiufen (九份)
Shop selling caps and bags.

Tofu at Jiufen (九份)
Different version of tofu. This one topped with curry powder. Quite nice to eat in the cold weather. I highly recommend this snack.

Tea House Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
One of the Tea House.  Do you notice the two heads?

Jiufen (九份) at New Taipei City, Taiwan
The signboards of Jiu Fen.  Many places to visit but we do not have enough time.

Teddy bear of Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
The teddy bear of Jiufen, guarding a shop selling cosmetic stuff. Don’t do anything funny in the shop or they might bite.

Colorful motorbikes at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
The colorful motorbikes of Taiwan.

Handmade leather merchandise at Jiufen (九份), Taiwan
Aunty selling handmade leather merchandise. Got bag, belt, phone holder and many more.


Saw this little stone owl while waiting for our bus to our next destination.

Jiufen is definitely of one of the must attraction places in Taiwan.

My Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei blog series:

  1. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 1 – Air Asia X, High SpeedRail, Gundam and the Stinky Tofu
  2. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 2: On the way to Sun Moon Lake
  3. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 3: Cruising on Sun Moon Lake (日月潭)
  4. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 4: Visiting Peacock Garden and Wen Wu Temple
  5. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 5: Farm Experience of Flying Cow Ranch (飞牛牧场), Miaoli
  6. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 6: Amazing Rocks of Yehliu 野柳 at Wanli
  7. Taiwan Trip to Taichung and Taipei Part 7: The old streets of Jiufen (九份)

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