Taiwan: Day 2 – Jiufen, Yehliu and Shifen Tour
On the second day, I woke up at 6AM to prepare myself for the Jiufen, Yehliu, and Shifen Tour, located in Northern Taiwan, which I bought from KKDay. Klook also offered the same tour but it was already consumed when I was supposed to book. Buy from Klook here.
After eating my breakfast, I immediately went to the Taipei Main to be at the meeting place. I allotted an hour to locate the meeting place as it was specifically indicated in the voucher that Taipei main is huge and complicated.
I must be good in reading maps as I found the meeting place in less than 10 minutes after I arrived at the station, just by reading the signage and following the map included in the voucher.
I was 45 minutes early so I waited and walked around. There were many people in the area and the station is really huge. Around 8:30AM, I went back to the meeting place and my co-travelers are already there waiting also.
Not long, the staff from KKDay arrived and checked our names. There were three KKDay buses that day and I am assigned to the bus led by Sharon.
At 8:55AM, we proceeded to the bus and immediately started. It was around an hour travel to Jiufen. Sharon is a very good guide and we learned a lot from her. She gave her contact number so that in case we are lost, we could show it to some locals and for sure they will contact the number.
Our first stop is the Yehliu Geopark, where you can find unique geological formations. Remarkable rock formations in the park are the Queen’s Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, Ice Cream Rock, Kissing Rock, and Princess’ Head.
Different rock formations in the park:
We spent around 45 minutes in the area and I was able to try some street food there.
Our next destination is the Shifen Old Street! I was so excite to visit this area because of the opportunity to fly your own sky lantern, with your wishes written on it.
All stores at the street have the same price for the lanterns and I guess on everything. I suggest that you buy your ref magnets here as it is cheaper compared to say, Ximending. The lanterns are priced per color. Per color has its own representation.
I chose the 4-colored lantern and wrote my wishes on it. After which, someone will assist you in flying it and will take a photo and video. You don’t have to direct them, as they really know how to operate the camera. I did not even expected that a video will be taken.
We were given time to have lunch in this area but I am still full and I just enjoyed myself watching the different foods and watching people flying their lanterns. I was also amazed when a train passed by the railway where we fly our lanterns.
After an hour, we boarded the bus for a quick ride to the Shifen Waterfall. Again, this is a lot of walking hahahaha.
It is a 40-meter tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Though when I was there, I did not see any rainbow. I enjoyed here the passing of the huge hanging bridge. There are also several food stalls in the area.
Our next and final stop is Jiufen, an old mining village in the mountain area in Riufang District. This is a famous place as it is said that this is the town that inspired the movie Spirited Away.
From the bus parking lot, there is a long stairs to take, fortunately, you can opt to ride a public bus up, and just easily walk your way down.
A map of the place was distributed to us. There were so many shops offering foods and souvenirs, plus several restaurants and tea houses, in the area.
I just wandered around the area without buying anything. I am still full and I already decided to buy souvenirs in Ximending so that I would not have to carry many things. After an hour and a half, we went back to the bus for our travel back to Taipei Main. I guess Jiufen is best visited at night to see the beautiful Chinese lamps.
When I arrived at Ximending, I strolled a little bit around the area and really enjoyed looking at so many people enjoying themselves. I had dinner from 7-Eleven, pasta, which surprisingly tasted good!
I was already tired due to so much heat that day that I decided to rest early and continue my tour the following day. Yes, I am that lame in sleeping early.