Jiufen (Taiwan)

Jiufen Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Alexander Synaptic

A picturesque City of Sadness

Charming colorful streets, eateries and tea housesExtremely crowded with tourists
One hour's drive from Taipei
Amazing views over the Pacific

When we sought for an adequate picture with this article we essentially had two choices. Option A would have been a picture showing the magnificent views over the hills and Pacific Ocean you get from Jiufen (九份). Option B were the colorful winding streets of this picturesque Taiwanese town at about an hours drive from Taipei. Clearly we chose the latter, but please go ahead and have a look for yourself at how magnificent the Jiufen views are.

Jiufen was a gold mining village from the Japanese period up until the middle of last century. When operations were discontinued things went downhill, until Hou Hsiao-hsien decided to film the classic A City of Sadness (悲情城市, depicting the period of White Terror and the 228 incident) here. After that people once again realised how charming this hilly town with its colorful streets filled with eateries and tea houses really is. Nowadays its filled to the brim on weekends. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Jiufen is a city in Taiwan's region of New Taipei City. It has a population of 0, is situated at an altitude of 1053ft and the best airport to fly into is TPE (Taiwan Taoyuan International (chiang Kai Shek International), Taipei)
  • The currency used in Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar (TWD)

Jiufen Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

66 66 72 79 84 90 93 91 88 81 75 70

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.5 3.3 2.4 3.7 3.9 3.4 3 5.1 6 3 1.1 1.1

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