Chiufen Old Street: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Taipei: Shifen, Jiufen, and Yehliu Guided Day Trip

From Taipei: Shifen, Jiufen, and Yehliu Guided Day Trip

Take a day trip from Taipei to explore the best of the northeast coast of Taiwan. Visit the scenic town of Shifen, stroll along the old cobblestoned streets in Jiufen, and marvel at Yehliu Geopark's unique landscape. Choose between a shared tour with other travelers or a private tour. If you select the shared tour option, make your way to the meeting point in Taipei. If you select the private tour option, you'll be picked up at your hotel. Once you are with your guide, drive toward Shifen. Upon arrival in Shifen, discover a town rich in culture, history, and natural scenery, including Shifen Waterfall. Create a Chinese lantern with a wish written on it, then release it into the sky. Next, continue to Jiufen to continue exploring Taiwan's history and culture. Walk along the famous Old Street and admire the Japanese-inspired architecture. Have the chance to eat local food (not included) while you're there, too. Later, visit the natural classroom Yehliu Geopark. Explore the bizarre terrain formed by thousands of years of geological movement, which have forced the mountain to jut out of the ocean. Admire the Queen's Head rock formation and more before returning to Taipei.

From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Explore Taipei and the surrounding area on an 8-hour private car charter, perfect for experiencing iconic sights and beauty spots in northern Taiwan without the hassle of public transportation. Choose from a number of itineraries or create your own, tailoring the experience to your preferences. Check out the natural beauty of Yangmingshan and Jiufen, marvel at the amazing coastal rock formations at Yehliu, or perhaps enjoy a scenic drive to Pingxi. With a private tour, you have the flexibility to decide how much time you spend on each site within the service time frame of 8 hours, ensuring a personalized and stress-free adventure. Whether you're drawn to bustling markets, serene temples, or stunning landscapes, this private car charter offers a convenient and comfortable way to explore the diverse attractions Taipei and its surrounding areas have to offer. Your journey can be as dynamic or as leisurely as you wish, making it an ideal choice for travelers looking for a tailored experience.

Taipei: Private City Sightseeing Tour with Driver

Taipei: Private City Sightseeing Tour with Driver

Meet the driver at the lobby of your hotel and start exploring the highlights of Taipei. Choose your own itinerary, with recommendations from your driver. Head to Shifen Old Street, a railroad town famous for its railway and night lanterns. It is also the filming location for many famous movies. Then, visit Jiufen, a mountain town famous for its narrow alleys lined with food stalls and souvenir shops. Alternatively, choose to visit Longshan Temple, which was built in 1738. After that, take an elevator up the Taipei 101 for a panoramic view of the city and go to the National Palace Museum. Finish up with a wander around Shilin Night Market, which is the busiest in the city. Sample street food and buy souvenirs. You can also choose to visit Yehliu Geopark, known for its rock formations, the Gold Museum, and Jiufen. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Jiufen Night Tour from Taipei

Jiufen Night Tour from Taipei

Start your journey with a visit to ShueiNanDong Golden Waterfall as you reach the hilly Northeastern Coast of Taiwan. The “Golden Waterfall” gets its name because the water passes through mining areas and interacts with sulfur, arsenic, and copper ores. This interaction triggers a series of chemical reactions, giving a bronze-like tint to the hillside. After admiring the spectacle of the Golden Waterfall, your next stop will be the Gold Museum, formerly known as the Gold Ecological Park. Here, in addition to the museum building, the park encompasses a vast area, featuring the mine tunnel, the Four Joined Japanese-style Residence and the Crown Prince Chalet, providing an immersive journey into Taiwan’s gold mining past. The museum proudly showcases a 220-kilogram gold bar, officially certified by the Guinness World Records in 2004, and visitors have the chance to physically experience this remarkable gold bar. Don’t miss the opportunity to touch the 999 gold bar with your hands when you visit the museum. Following your exploration of the Gold Museum, your journey continues to the Baoshishan (Baoshi Mountain) Lookout. This lookout is easily accessible, requiring just a short climb that’s suitable for people of all ages. From this vantage point, you can savor the breathtaking view of the Bay of Two Colors and relish the sight of the sunset. After enjoying the breathtaking ocean vista, your next highlight on the night tour is Jiufen Old Street. Whether you’ve visited during the daytime or not, Jiufen Old Street takes on an entirely different vibe after nightfall. The street is illuminated by red lanterns hanging from the rooftops, creating a mystical scene that resembles the scenes of the world-acclaimed animated film “Spirited Away,” produced by Ghibli Studios. While you’re in Jiufen, it’s highly recommended to visit one of the teahouses. There, you can not only savor the stunning scenery but also enjoy freshly brewed tea. In addition to the teahouses, you can sample a variety of local foods and shop for souvenirs. And if you have a sweet tooth, be sure not to overlook the traditional Jiufen dessert—Taro Ball! Lastly, as your tour comes to an end, you’ll make a stop at the Remains of the 13 Levels in Jinguashi, a former copper smelter established in 1933. Today it stands as an iconic landmark along Taiwan’s northeastern coast. Every evening, the Remains of the 13 Levels is illuminated by warm amber lights from 18:00 to 21:00. When observed from a distance, the structure evokes the appearance of an abandoned palace, which has made it a popular location for numerous drama and advertising shoots. After the tour, you can choose to to hop off at Raohe Street Night Market and immerse yourself in Taipei’s bustling nightlife, or return to MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

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What people are saying about Chiufen Old Street

Overall rating

4.6
(265 reviews)

Absolutely gorgeous spots! Our tour guide was very helpful and willing to share information about other places to sightsee during our stay in Taiwan. The lanterns were lovely and perhaps may have been nicer to end with closer to evening. The only negative is I wish we had more time to spend at each place! Especially the waterfall and Geo Park. It was a beautiful place!

It was very well structured. We got enough time to visit and explore all the places respectively. The weather couldn't be helped but our guide provided us with umbrellas, so that wasn't an issue as well. It was a beautiful trip where I met new people, and saw a lot of new stuff.

We had a great day with our guide Roger from YOLO Taiwan. He took us on a great tour through the North East of Taiwan. It was great to learn about local customs, culture, traditions from him. I can highly recommend this trip. Well worth the money.

The trip was Nice and our guide Ruby was great. However the trip felt a bit stressful, wasn’t much time for strolling by yourself except at Jiufen.

Pick up and drop off was offered. Fun day spent with a local and knowledgeable guide. Interesting places, lovely scenery.