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Adventures in Jiufen 九份

Jiufen is the famous, magical little town known for being Miyazaki’s inspiration for ‘Spirited Away.’ Being in this town, even in a torrential down-pour, couldn’t sadden the most-deflated of hearts. It’s such a happy, quirky little place. As the bus crawled up the country cliffs, and Jiufen came into view, I was awestruck. It’s quite literally perched on the edge of a cliff, and it winds down and almost juts out of the side. There was one giant mountain covered in mystical mist that I would have loved to climb if it hasn’t been so rainy. What a glorious, whimsical place…

You can’t go to Jiufen and NOT have tea. It’s essential.

 These faces were stuck onto the wall of the primary school.

Taro ice-cream and shaved peanuts= Jiufen burrito…why have we never put ice-cream inside a tortilla wrap before? Delicious!!

Having a little snack break at one of the many Taro houses.

Look at these alleys, winding and cobbled and cute.

I absolutely loved this sign above a little craft store.

Double happiness!!

I felt like I’d just stepped straight into Spirited Away…look at that ocean…

Alternatively, I could be in a Murakami story…

 Oh, hazy waves and misty days, hello!

Our tea menu- quirky!

Can’t get enough of the lantern love!

A time-less town.

Now, if only I could ride back to Taipei on this guy…In a Murakami novel I totally could…

Do yourself a favour and come to Taiwan and go to Jiufen. It’ll honestly lighten your heart and you’ll feel so free roaming those winding streets. And I’ll come with you!

One Comment on “Adventures in Jiufen 九份

  • Angel Wong
    October 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Nice.

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