Last summer I made a stop in my old home of Taiwan on the way back to Europe from a summer conference/visit to Japan. To me, Taiwan is filled with nostalgia. In the time that I lived there I think I did a pretty good job of covering all the highlights and so it doesn’t really matter where I go in Taiwan it all seems familiar and with lots of memories. Jiufen is one of those places. Although it’s now over-commercialized and overrun by tourist groups from China and weekend vacationing Taiwanese, there’s still something magical about this area. Mountain narrow Japanese shopping streets overlooking the Keelung bay from away, with endless food and drink treats, this is basically the ideal Taiwanese weekend getaway experience.
It’s been 7 years since I last visited Jiufen, and so, in my last visit I had one day at the end and decided to go visit again for a nostalgic tour. I’ve written plenty about Jiufen before (e.g., Jiufen’s Tea Houses, Views from Magical Jiufen : Taipei County, The Alleys of Jiu-Fen : Taipei County), so I’ll just let you roam around with me through the streets of Jiufen and the various adventures that visitors find along the way.
What a trip down memory lane. Hopefully see you again in 7 years 🙂