Jiu Fen Old Street in Taiwan
Before our Taiwan trip, we never knew about interesting places to visit in Taiwan except for Taipei. Truthfully, the trip to Taiwan opens our eyes about all the interesting places in the country. That is why during this trip, we decided that visiting Jiu Fen Old Street is a must-do visit after our visit to Yehliu Geopark.
Where is Jiu Fen Old Street?
Jiu Fen Old Street is situated in New Taipei City, about an hour or so from Yehliu Geopark. It is located on a hilly area where the temperature drops a bit as compared to the flat area. What makes this place unique is because of its history.
According to history, during the rule of the Qing Dynasty, the mountainous seaside village housed nine families. Thus, every time shipments arrived from the town, the village would request nine portions – Jiu Fen. And the name stuck until this very day.
Jiu Fen Old Street and its unique maze-like terrain
What makes Jiu Fen Old Street unique is its maze-like terrain. Formerly famous and became developed as a town due to the gold rush that happened here, now, Jiu Fen Old Street houses many shops selling local souvenirs and delicacies.
A visit to Jiu Fen Old Street is an adventure on its own. This is due to the narrow lanes and upwards path that needs to be taken when visiting the street. Apart from that, there are many small lanes on both sides of the street and if you are adventurous enough, taking these small lanes might lead you to beautiful views of the lush greenery of the mountains.
What to do?
First of all, this is the place to taste all the local delicacies famous in Taiwan. From the deep-fried mushroom and giant squid to the noodles and the desserts, this is where you can taste the authentic Taiwanese food.
Besides that, you can also get you bubble tea cravings fixed here. There are several outlets selling bubble tea and if you are a fan like me, here is one of the places to get the underrated ones.
Souvenirs can also be bought here. There are many souvenir shops available and the price is very reasonable. I bought most of my souvenirs here. Some shops also offered postcards sending services, where you can send one to your future self.
Important things to take note
We went here by taking the tour being offered by Klook. Since we went there during peak season, once we arrived at the huge parking lot area, we were asked to take the local bus to go up to Jiu Fen Old Street. You need to have an Easycard in order to board the bus. Hold the handrail firmly because the driver drives crazily when going up and down the road.
Another thing that I want to share is that there is a famous tea house here known as Amei Teahouse. The view from the tea house is astonishing and it was said that the anime Spirited Away was inspired by this place. Nevertheless, if you are visiting during peak season like us, the narrow lane will be filled with people and it might be a bit hard to get further up.
For Muslims, you must also be careful here since many food is non-halal. Either stick to the desserts only or if you want to try the food, seafood especially, ask if there is any lard or pork-based oil. Most of the sellers speak English and they are all very friendly.
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