NORTH OF TAIWAN
DAY 3 – YEHLIU, JIUFEN, PINGXI
After an hour’s ride from Yehliu, we arrived at an old decommissioned mining town called Jiufen (Chiufen). Before the gold rush, this place was said to be very hard to reach with only a handful of people living in it. Nine families to be exact. Every time a shipment would come, this town is given nine portions for each of the family. Jiufen (Chiufen) which literally translates to “nine portions” is how their name came to be.
Today, the place is known for it’s old street where the old houses were now turned into little food shops and souvenir stores.
Shops along Jiufen Old Street.
Nice view of the mountains and sea once you get to the top. There are a few coffee shops and restaurants around the area if you want to rest for a while.
We felt like having hot noodles for lunch so we went back to that noodle place we passed earlier. There was a line already building up so I immediately went to look for seats. I found one upstairs.
Noodle soup with assorted toppings: beef balls, tofu, mung bean sprouts and chicken balls.
For dessert we had Sweet Potato Puff which is a huge soft flaky pastry filled with mashed sweet potato. It was actually very filling, all three of us just shared one.
This lady manually filling in the contents of the puff pastry.
I love this dessert and will definitely try their Taro Puff when I go back.
We’re on our way to Pingxi Sky Lantern festival –the highlight of our trip. But first we’re dropping by an old gold mine now turned into a museum.
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