From the 5th to 7th day of our Taiwan trip, we were soaking ourselves in the oh-so-heaven Jiu Fen (九份). :) Our plan was to spend 2 days 1 night in Jiu Fen and then go to Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) to spend a night there. When we reached Windsor B&B, the owner advised us that it would be too tiring and rushing to travel from Jiu Fen to Sun Moon Lake in such a short time. After seeing how amazing Jiu Fen is, we took the advice and stayed 3 days 2 nights in Jiu Fen. Well, now I must say, no regrets. :)
One day before travelling to Jiu Fen, we bought our train ticket to Ruifang (瑞芳) station. Again, I am sorry that I’ve forgotten about the price! :( The journey took about 1 and a half hours to reach Ruifang. Our B&B owner was so kind to come personally to the train station to pick us up. By public transport, after you reach Ruifang train station, you’ll have to go across the road and wait for the Keelung Transit bus to go to Jiu Fen.
Please bring only light luggage when you travel to Jiu Fen. Jiu Fen is on a hill side and you may need to walk to get to the B&B you stay. With the slopes and stairs everywhere, you will be so grateful that you pack lightly. Bring sufficient of clothing will do.
We chose to stay in Windsor B&B (温莎堡景观民宿) because it has those special rooms that attracted all of us. Plus, most of the rooms are facing the sea and the view is spectacular. As for the price, you may refer to the website.
The B&B owners are actually husband and wife, both of them are very nice to their guests. We felt so much like home when we were there. Chen Jie (陈姐) even prepared breakfast and brunch personally. Mr. Hsu (许大哥) cooked us bak kut teh (肉骨茶)! Can you believe it? Having bak kut teh in Taiwan in such a weather, perfect!
After settling down, we went to the Jiu Fen Old Street (九份老街). Chen Jie told us there is a super delicious beef noodles on the street and that is something we shouldn’t miss! We found it! Gosh, the best beef noodles I’ve ever had!!! Seriously, it’s the best! Ask any of us and we will all tell you the same thing. :) It is located along the street, the name is Jiu Fen Old Noodles House (九份老面店). It is very easy to find. There is also this special ice-cream wrap in front of the shop. It is also a must-try!
After a satisfying meal, we decided to go to the Gold Ecological Park (黄金博物园). We went to the main road of Jiu Fen and got on the Keelung Transit bus. If you’re worried you wouldn’t know where to stop, just tell the bus driver to drop you at the park.
Entrance fee to the park is NTD100 per person Update 29 October 2012: Received comment from a traveller that the admission is free but the Benshan Tunnel will cost NTD50 per person. Visit the website if you want to know more about the park, I am not going to flood this post with all the history here. :)
The sky got dark faster than we expected. We didn’t manage to go to the Yehliu Geopark (野柳地质公园) and Miao Kou Night Market (庙口夜市). We headed back to the B&B to enjoy the afternoon tea prepared by Chen Jie. :) The best milk tea and coffee I’ve ever had! They’re so aromatic.
After the break, we went back to the street to roam around. One could never get enough of it. There are so many shops there!
On the 2nd day, we spent the whole day in Jiu Fen Old Street! Geez, all of us shopping “kakis”, by the time we wanted to go to Yehliu Geopark, it was already too dark to go! LOL!
You must be thinking that we are crazy to spend one whole day on the street in Jiu Fen. Well, wait till you reach there. There are so many things to eat, so many to see and so many to buy!
Please also be mindful that there a lot of slopes and staircase in Jiu Fen, sometimes the paths are intertwined with each other and one path could lead to another whole new place. It is not a very good idea to wander around those paths during nightfall and it is always wise to travel in group of 2 or 3 at night. Besides, the houses on Jiu Fen are all built very close to each other. So, do not make loud noises when you walk along the paths, you may disturb the residents at home.
On the 3rd day, time for us to say goodbye to Jiu Fen. Chen Jie was on her way down to Taipei city, she offered to drive us back to the city! How sweet of her! In the car, she was telling us all sorts of stories in Jiu Fen. What an unique experience. :)
I’ve taken a lot of photos in Jiu Fen. For more photos of Jiu Fen, please click here.