9 July 2017

Jiufen - the old mining area

We drive a scooter a lot today and it's almost getting dark. Before back home my husband took me to Jiufen which is one of most popular places near Taipei.
I haven't seen any old street before but this kind of places seems very crowded. Sometimes it was difficult to pass by and go to another place on this very tiny street. I like the view of many lanterns hang up the streets. 

jiufen ruifang jiufen old street mining area taiwan

Jiufen village used to be the center of gold mining. Gold mining started in 1892. During Japanese era Jiufen, Jinguashi and Wudankeng was three most important golden mountains. In 1903-1904 the amount of gold produced in those three jinshans (golden mountains) was comparable to the amount of gold produced in Japan.
Jiufen was under Taiyang Mining Management from the time of Japanese occupation till the end of war. In 1945 gold mining was restored but after 1957 it began do decline. After gold mining officially ended in 1971, many of miners changed target to coal mining. 

The name Jiufen means nine pieces. The name comes from legend where nine families live in this village. Anytime one family goes shopping they would divide what they bought and share between nine families, because the shop was very far away. 


jiufen ruifang jiufen old street mining area taiwan
jiufen ruifang jiufen old street mining area taiwan


Jiufen Old street (九份老街) is most popular street here. It used to be called dark street in the past because it used to be gathering place for people at night. One of oldest shops here is a tea house with more than 100 years of historical architecture. 
Another street there with more than 300 steps of stone leaders is called Chigasaki Road. On this street you will find many tea houses. On this road you will also see the Shengping Theatre building - the first cinema of Taiwan. 

Jiufen Old Street is really small and very crowded. You can find a lot of food and souvenirs as well as enjoy nice view. Streets here formate a small maze with plenty of shops.
You will also see many tiny alleys connecting the main roads. 


jiufen ruifang jiufen old street mining area taiwan
 
jiufen ruifang jiufen old street mining area taiwan

Around streets you can see a lot of lanterns which of course look the best after dark.
The village is located on hills, which let you enjoy mountains and sea view. 
It's going dark soon and we drive scooter to here so unfortunately gonna go home before all those lanterns will shine in darkness.

jiufen old street taipei ruifang jiufen taiwan temple sea mountains view

jiufen old street taipei ruifang jiufen taiwan sea mountains view


Address: 
Jiufen Old Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224

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