After breakfast, we start heading to Jiufen for sightseeing, eating & shopping.
- Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Exit by Exit 1 & walk to the bus stop.
- Total travel time is about 5mins.
- Take Bus No. 1062. (Route is Taipei to Jin Gua Shi Town).
- Total travel time is about 1hour.
Alternative route from Taipei Main Station to Jiufen will be:
- Take TRA train from TRA Taipei Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
- Total travel time is about 36 to 54 mins depending on which train we will be taking. Similarly, the cost will differ depending on the train we are taking.
- From Ruifang Station, take Bus No. 788 (Route is to Jin Gua Shi).
- Total travel time is about 42 mins.
After Jiufen, we proceed to Jinguashi.
- Take Bus No. 788 from Jiufen bus stop.
- Total travel time is about 10 mins.
If we go to the Benshan Fifth Tunnel, entrance fee is NT50.00.
After Jinguashi, we will go to Shifen.
- Take Bus No. 788 to go to TRA Ruifang Station.
- Total travel time is about 48 mins.
From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Shifen Station.
(We consider getting the 1 day pass for the Pingxi rail line if we want to explore the other train stations besides Shifen, eg. Pingxi.)
- Total travel time is about 24 to 35mins depending on the train we will be taking.
- Entrance Fee to Shifen Waterfall is NT100.
From Shifen to Pingxi
- Take TRA train from TRA Shifen Station to TRA Pingxi Station.
- Total travel time is about 12 mins.
It is late afternooon by the time we finish exploring Shifen or Pingxi, we head to Keelung Night Market.
- Take TRA train from TRA Pingxi Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
- Total travel time is about 39 to 52 mins depending on the train we will be taking.
- From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Keelung Station to Keelung Night Market.
- Total travel time is about 29 mins.
From Keelung Night Market, we either head back to hotel if the time is late or explore other night markets in Taipei City.
- From TRA Keelung Station, take TRA train to Taipei Main Station.
- Total travel time is about 45 mins.
Back to hotel to recharge for next day’s activities.
The town of Jiufen was founded during the Japanese Occupation. It wasn’t until gold was discovered in the mountains surrounding the town that Jiufen developed into a busy area. Nowadays, Jiufen is a popular destination where visitors can still see many of the remnants of Japanese Architecture. Due to its location on the side of the mountain, the views of the ocean below are spectacular. Visitors can wander along the tiny alleys full of vendors selling food & craft items.
Jinguashi is a town in Ruifang District, notable for its historic gold & copper mines. Situated between mountains & the coastline, Jinguashi boasts exceptionally beautiful scenery as well as abundance of historical relics from the erstwhile mining days.
Shifen Old Street / Waterfall 十分老街/十分大瀑布
Shifen Old Street is a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street has now become 1 of the most popular spot on the Ping-Xi rail line. Local food, souvenir, shops & puffing trains add charm to this little gem. This is also one area which people will release the sky lanterns.
Shifen Waterfall is a 20meter tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake, widely regarded as the most scenic in Taiwan. The voluminous waterfall pours down with a mighty force, forming what looks like an overflowing white silk curtain. It is about 30 minutes’ walk from Shifen Old Street.
Pingxi is a town rich in culture & history, just like Shifen, & provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. This is another place whereby you can release Sky Lanterns.
Keelung 基隆 / Miaokou Night Market 廟口夜市
City of Keelung is originally founded by the Taiwanese Aboriginals, and with the arrival of the Spanish in the early 17th century, the city developed into a center of military & commercial trade throughout the Spanish, Dutch, and Qing dynasty periods of rule in Taiwan. Given its proximity to the port, Keelung is the center of Norther Taiwan’s fishing industry hosting hundreds of fishing ships catching all kinds of fresh seafood from the sea.
Visit the Miaokou Night Market to see one of Taiwan’s more traditional food-focused night markets & for some cheap & delicious seafood.
Some photographs taken in Taipei for sightseeing travel.