I decided to make a post on going to 九份(Jiufen). I’ve been travelling in and out of TaiPei for visiting. What’s better than to see a familiar face who’s miles apart from you?
Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town before it went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued. You tend to see building with sculpture of it and there’s a museum of gold mining but unfortunately, it’s closed.
By Train: From Taipei Railway Station, take the train to Ruifang Station. After exiting the station, cross the street to the bus stop next to the Wellcome Supermarket and board the Keelung Transit bus towards Jiufen. The bus trip takes roughly 15 minutes, and the fare is NT$21 during the week, NT$15 during weekends/holiday.
By Bus (via MRT): From Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興), Brown and Blue lines, leave from Exit 1 and take bus route 1062 (Keelung Bus) to Jiufen. The ride is about 1 hour and the fare is NT$90. Be sure to sit on the left side of the bus to enjoy scenic views of Northern Taiwan. Please be mindful as there may be some touts who offer to drive you there in their own vehicle at a higher price.
We were famished after the bus ride. We decided to take a bus as it’s more convenient and nearer to our apartment though our asses almost numbed. We stopped by for Beef Noodle which, i must say, it’s awesome. I’m not exactly a beef person. I don’t like beef stew because of this weird taste which make me gag. However, I can barely taste any of that in this beef noodle store. It’s very popular and very crowded so you might need to be a little patient for seats.
We went on a Sunday and that makes the whole area even more populated with tourists. Unfortunately, I’m unable to take more pictures with people keep pushing me around. Was so frustrated and irritated with them!!
We walked further down hill toward the houses. You will be amazed by what you can find there. Each housing is an art itself. Well, at least to me because you don’t get to see this in Singapore. There’s quite a number of resort, cafes and etc.
After doing the “tourist thing” (taking picture of the view, the whole area…), we came across the information counter. There is an cafe in it which is an outdoor setting with swings as seats.
It was evening by the time we are done with all the pictures taking. We took the same bus back to town and back to our apartment. One thing I really love about this mountain is that…. FREE WIFI EVERYWHERE I GO. OMG.
Anyway, I’m going back to climb the mountain opposite Jiufen. Till then, xx