11 January 2017

One Fine Day In Jiufen

Ning Xia Night Market

Spending a full day in Jiufen is totally recommended.  The information desk advises us to go with the bus no. 1062 (Keelung Bus) from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station Exit 1 and costs 102 TWD.  This journey will take a little more than one hour.  However, as we came out from the MRT exit, we look a little confuse to whereabouts the bus stop is, as the direction from information desk wasn't that clear.  That's the time we are kinda be an easy target to the taxi drivers who waive us and luring us to take their taxi.  At first, we were strong enough refused them and asked the locals around there about the bus stop.  But with the toddler who half a sleep and as am unprepared tourist, we decided to catch taxi where we actually shared with another couple.  It costs us 200TWD per person, but the journey took only about 45 minutes.  Not too bad indeed.  And he drop us right in front of the main walking street (the most popular entrance, near the bus stop) plus he be able to give us some tour tips because his English was pretty good.

Jiufen is a mountain town which is small enough to cover on foot.  The main area for visitors is the Historic Commercial District which is consisted of two pedestrian streets: Jishan Street and Shuchi Street.  These narrow hilly streets are built into the side of the coastal hills and lining up with heaps of stores and restaurants.  This area is allowing visitors to sampling local specialties, purchasing handicrafts and enjoying aromatic teas while viewing the spectacular looking of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean below. 

Ah Zhu Peanut Ice Cream - Taro ice cream served on popiah skin and sprinkled with peanut bits

Yu Wan Bo Zai

Kurobuta Sausage

Grilled Sea Snails with five spice sauce

Restaurant with built in food elevator


Enjoying the hot aromatic tea with a top knot view

Back to Taipei early as we had an appointment with our friend for dinner.  We try to slip in some more Taiwanese delicacies before hand.  That would be pork chop and deep fried chicken.  It was definitely an unregretable meal. 

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Taiwan:
Din Tai Fung And Mango Shaved Ice, Yongkang

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