25 December 2011 – On Day 2, we went to Jiufen 九份 at the first half of the day and WuLai on the second half of the day.
The small town of Jiufen is built into the side of the hills slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean coastline half an hour from Taipei. Until the 1950’s, Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town. The town went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued. The quaint streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean saved it from becoming yet another anonymous mining ghost town. Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination for Taipeites eager to relive scenes from the past. It has provided the setting for several period movies.
Upon arrival we went to the JiuFen Old Street which all tourists go, and like WanHUa Night Markets, there’re a lot of people here and pretty crowdy provided the street is narrow. Having enjoyed the East Coast and Pacific Ocean scenery, tried some traditional Taiwanese food and got ourselves some souvenirs (such as Pottery Flutes/Ocarinas),
As evening approaches, we continued onto Wulai 烏來, another small mountain town in Taipei famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture. However we are not here for the HOt Springs, but their another famous aspect – aboriginal mountain food. I’d also got to take some long exposure shots.