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“Interesting and Quaint”

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Full-Day Tour: Houtong Cycling and Jiufen
Ranked #3 of 530 things to do in Xinbei
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“Interesting and Quaint”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

It is a walking street, no cars can enter, except for some motorbikes. Very crowded on weekend evenings, lots of tourists. Most shops open after 10am and close around 8pm. Many shops sell mainly the same stuffs, so walk around a bit and compare prices and quality. Walk further away the main street to see more quaint houses. We found a small, narrow, short and dead-end "tunnel" between 2 houses, it was weird walking in and out of it. View of the town at night from a height is beautiful and romantic. To see this view, you either stay in a motel room with such view, or go to a tea house that has open verandah, or just walk to the street that overlooks the whole town.

Visited December 2012
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“photogenic, quaint street”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Very touristy place, with lots of stalls selling local food/ snacks/ dessert. Still, if you're willing to explore and walk into the small alleys, you'd find lovely surprises with photogenic spots and quaint shops.

Do try the yam ball dessert when you're there. I still miss that :P

Most people do this in the afternoon, then take a bus to Keelung night market for dinner :)

Visited December 2012
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“Lovely but waaaaay too crowded”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

It is certainly an interesting street, built into the mountains, and with interesting shops and restaurants at every turn. Mushroom fans can find sauté and deep fried varieties there :-)

But I found it too crowded (perhaps because I went on a Sunday). The street was an endless stream of tourists, shoulder to shoulder.

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“A walk down Jiufen old street”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Must visit Jiufen old street if u are in Taipei. Took a train (TRA or 台铁)to Ruifang train station and took a bus from opposite the train station up to Jiufen. The train from Taipei Main station to Ruifang took about 45mins and the bus up to Jiufen took about 15 mins (can use 悠游卡for the bus trip). I forgot the bus number to take but u can ask the people there as many of them are taking the same bus to Jiufen at the said bus stop.

Visited January 2013
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“I don't get the hype about it.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Other than the atmosphere and scenery, Jiufen Old Street is just a narrow row of shops selling things that you can easily find in other places. It tends to get crowded around noon with the arrival of tour groups (mostly Mainland Chinese) but the crowds die down by around 4-5pm.
The food was rather disappointing apart from the fishballs. I would recommend A Po Yu Geng (阿婆鱼羹) near the entrance to the Old Street. The Yu Geng (Fishballs but rolled into sticks in a thick soup) was delicious, but the fishballs at this shop were average. Instead, try Chang’s Traditional Fishballs (九份张记传统鱼丸, 25 Jishan Street) for their traditional fishballs. Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls (賴阿婆芋圓, 143 Jishan Street) wasn't very special with only glutinous rice balls with beans. Perhaps it just didn't suit our tastebuds, considering the number of good reviews I've seen. Jinzhi Meat Cakes (金枝红糟肉圆, 112 Jishan Street) is ok, only if you like red wine. Don't miss Li Yi Confectionery near the 7-11 at the entrance for their Tai Yang Bing/Sun Biscuits.
Scenery wise, the street with many teahouses (just ask where A-mei Teahouse is) offers breathtaking views of the cliff and the houses below.
Jiufen is worth visiting only for the experience. For repeat visits, go to other attractions in the vicinity, like Bafankeng, a former coal mining pit in the vicinity.

Visited January 2013
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