Jiufen, a charming hillside village nestled in northeastern Taiwan, is just an hour's drive from Taipei. Its rich gold mining heritage and captivating scenery have earned Jiufen a well-deserved spot among Taiwan's top-rated tourist destinations. If you're preparing for your first trip to Taiwan, make sure to include Jiufen Village on your list of must-visit.
As night descends, Jiufen Village becomes even more enchanting. The streets are beautifully lit with striking red lanterns hanging from the rooftops, a sight you've likely seen in many travel magazines showcasing Taiwan's iconic imagery.
On this Jiufen Night Tour, aside from the charming Jiufen Village, you'll also get to explore nearby must-see attractions. These include the stunning ShueiNanDong Golden Waterfall, celebrated as one of Taiwan's most photogenic waterfalls, the Gold Museum, where you can delve into Taiwan's gold mining history through its well-preserved artifacts, and the Baoshishan Lookout, offering a breathtaking view of the Bay of Two Colors, where you can savor a mesmerizing sunset. Lastly, the illuminated Remains of the 13 Levels will spark your imagination, enhancing your trip with an extra touch of wonder.
Whether you're exploring Jiufen for the first time or returning for another thrilling adventure, with the expert guidance of your tour guide, this night tour guarantees an absolutely unique and unforgettable evening in Jiufen. Reserve your spot on this tour and unlock the enchantment of Jiufen.
Hop on the bus and kick off your night tour to Jiufen. As you take your seat, enjoy the one-hour ride from Taipei City, where you can take in the ever-changing vistas through the windows while your tour guide provides vivid and insightful commentary.
Start your journey with a visit to ShueiNanDong Golden Waterfall as you reach the hilly Northeastern Coast of Taiwan, the same region where Jiufen Village is situated. The “Golden Waterfall” gets its name because the water passes through mining areas and interacts with sulfur, arsenic, and copper ores. This interaction triggers a series of chemical reactions that transform the water into a unique acidic mineral water with a golden hue, giving a bronze-like tint to the hillside. The waterfall gracefully embellishes the verdant hillside, with silky water emerging from below and flowing in a scenic cascade, earning its place as one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Taiwan.
The gold mining industry has held an important place in the history of Taiwan’s northeastern coast, contributing significantly to the prosperity of Jiufen and its neighboring areas. After admiring the spectacle of the Golden Waterfall, your next stop will be the Gold Museum, formerly known as the Gold Ecological Park.
In addition to the museum building, the park encompasses a vast area, featuring the mine tunnel, the Four Joined Japanese-style Residence and the Crown Prince Chalet, providing an immersive journey into Taiwan’s gold mining past. The museum proudly showcases a 220-kilogram gold bar, officially certified by the Guinness World Records in 2004, and visitors have the chance to physically experience this remarkable gold bar. Don’t miss the opportunity to touch the 999 gold bar with your hands when you visit the museum.
Following your exploration of the Gold Museum, your journey continues to the Baoshishan (Baoshi Mountain) Lookout. Formerly named “Siren Mountain” due to the siren installed by the Japanese government during their colonial rule. This siren served as a reminder of time for the miners during that period. This lookout is easily accessible, requiring just a short climb that’s suitable for people of all ages. From this vantage point, you can savor the breathtaking view of the Bay of Two Colors and relish the sight of the sunset.
After enjoying the breathtaking ocean vista, your next highlight on the night tour is Jiufen Old Street. Jiufen thrived in the 1940s thanks to the gold mining industry, but it later fell into disrepair and was forgotten for many years. Despite the waning of its golden age, this small village still has numerous stories waiting to be uncovered. The award-winning movie ‘A City of Sadness,’ directed by renowned filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, was filmed in Jiufen, capturing the village’s unique historical backdrop. The success of the film drew significant global attention and played a crucial role in altering the destiny of Jiufen.
Whether you’ve visited during the daytime or not, Jiufen Old Street takes on an entirely different vibe after nightfall. The street is illuminated by red lanterns hanging from the rooftops, creating a mystical scene that resembles the scenes of the world-acclaimed animated film “Spirited Away,” produced by Ghibli Studios. Despite the fact that the director, Hayao Miyazaki, has stated that the movie was not inspired by Jiufen, this intriguing coincidence continues to draw considerable global interest and brought vitality to Jiufen’s tourism.
While you’re in Jiufen, it’s highly recommended to visit one of the teahouses. There, you can not only savor the stunning scenery but also enjoy freshly brewed tea. In addition to the teahouses, you can sample a variety of local foods and shop for souvenirs. And if you have a sweet tooth, be sure not to overlook the traditional Jiufen dessert—Taro Ball!
Lastly, as your Jiufen night tour comes to an end, you’ll make a stop at the Remains of the 13 Levels in Jinguashi. This site, a former copper smelter established in 1933 during the Japanese colonial era when copper mining started in this area, holds a significant place in the history of Jinguashi’s copper mining industry.
Today it stands as an iconic landmark along Taiwan’s northeastern coast. Every evening, the Remains of the 13 Levels is illuminated by warm amber lights from 18:00 to 21:00. When observed from a distance, the structure evokes the appearance of an abandoned palace, which has made it a popular location for numerous drama and advertising shoots. Seize the opportunity to capture the enchanting scene, making it a memorable conclusion to your journey.
After the tour, you can choose to to hop off at Raohe Street Night Market and immerse yourself in Taipei’s bustling nightlife.
Or return to MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.
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