Day trips from Keelung

Jioufen

A picturesque trip to Jioufen
Jiufen is one of the most touristic spots in Taiwan and a must visit place for many travelers. It is barely 15 km away from Keelung and you can easily get there by bus in around 50 minutes (Bus number 788 stops right in front of Jiufen’s Old Street). Another great option is to rent a car or motorbike for a day and explore Jiufen and all the beautiful spots around it.
This charming town is located in the mountains and faces the ocean, which offers amazing views from almost any point of the village. Jiufen’s main attraction is the Old Street and its iconic red lamps. The meandering and narrow street offers lots of street food and sweet stalls, cafes and souvenir shops. The best moment to visit is in the afternoon, so you can see the amazing sunset over the hills and the sea. Afterwards you can roam the streets with the charming atmosphere provided by the red lamps at night.
While you are there, is it easy to understand why the rumor that the city inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” (2001) made it internationally popular. Although Miyazaki has denied the relation between the movie and the city, Jiufen is still a magical (and spirited) place to visit and will definitely give you the vibes of a town from the ancient town where people live in the day and spirits go out at dusk for their midnight snack
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