When I went back to Taipei for a short visit in the beginning of June, I met up with my local friend, Wanyi, and Jamie for a day trip to Jiufen.
The first time I went to Jiufen was with Jamie back in December of last year. And because I’m such a laggy blogger, I never even wrote about it (but check out Jamie’s posts and pictures). Since nothing on my blog is in order anymore, I’m going to talk about this 2nd visit first. :)
One of the best things about Taipei is the abundance of day trip opportunities. Just an hour on a bus lets you completely escape from the big concrete jungle and puts you in little coastal towns or among the luscious mountains. Of course I haven’t been everywhere outside of Taipei City, but my favorite is Jiufen.
Jiufen was a prosperous Japanese gold mining town back in the early 1900’s (during Japan’s occupation of Taiwan). Since mining activities have stopped, it’s become primarily a tourist destination. People come for the windy, hilly alleyways, street vendors, dragon-topped temples, tea houses, ocean views, and of course, the red lanterns.
But this time, we came to see the Golden Waterfall. And unbeknownst to me at the time we set off for this mountainous seaside village, apparently, we also came to climb a mountain.