JiuFen (Jeoufen), Taiwan (台灣九份) is a popular destination about an hour east of Taipei. It’s popular with tourists and locals alike, but has a certain charm to it that can’t be missed.
I recently visited Jiufen for an evening and had a great time wandering around. I wasn’t planning on writing a full blog post about it, but I left with some fun photos that I thought I might share…
Jiufen was a sleepy fishing village until the early 1900′s when gold was discovered in its hills. It reached its peak of mining activity during the Japanese occupation around the time of WWII and actually had captured Allied soldiers working its mines. Influenced by the Japanese, many tea houses and inns sprang up and flourished in the town until the closure of the mines in the early 70′s.
Jiufen received a new wave of attention after a few popular movies were filmed there in the early 1990′s. The tea houses were then restored and tourism has reinvigorated the local economy with hundreds of tourist shops, handicrafts, and artists’ studios.
Perched on a mountain side high above a beautiful stretch of Taiwan’s east coast, Jiufen is a great place to take an overnight trip from Taipei, and really shouldn’t be missed by tourists or expats alike! (Again, sorry for the lack of in-depth reporting and photographing, but I was really just there to relax!)
After all the shops closed, I walked around with a 50mm to shoot a few fun photos. I hope you enjoy: