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Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei

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Overview

Drive along the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area of northeastern Taiwan and stroll through charming Jiufen on this guided half-day tour from Taipei. Marvel at the unique rock formations at the Nanya coastline and see Pitou Cape. Pass fishing villages and pastoral farmlands before enjoying the charming teahouse-lined streets of Jiufen, also known as Chiufen. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Guided tour of the northeast coast of Taiwan
  • Visit the quaint little village of Chiufen (Jiufen), once a gold mining center and now filled with unique teahouses
  • Amazing coastal rock formations of Nanya
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Taipei City included
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Professional licensed tour guide (Mandarin / English / Japanese)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local General Liabilities Insurance
Bottled water
Gratuities
Food and drink
Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station , Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Please meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07), Exit 2.

1:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Board your comfortable coach upon hotel pickup in Taipei city in the afternoon, and relax during the scenic drive along Taiwan’s northeast coast. This National Scenic Area, noted for its numerous capes and bays backed by green mountains, is a common swimming spot for the locals and a popular destination for visitors to Taipei.

Your guide passes by Chinkuashin Village and visits the emerald-colored Bitou Cape, where you can view sea-eroded landforms on the cape's hanging cliffs. 

Continue your half-day tour to the Nanya coastline along a coral shore filled with whimsical rock formations formed by weathering sandstone. Your guide explains how the striped pattern in the rock is created by oxidized iron ore. Then enjoy more postcard views at the Yin-Yang Sea (Bay of Two Colors). 

On arrival at the former gold mining village of Jiufen, be enchanted by a picturesque setting of old homes clinging to steep mountainsides. Meander past the cozy teahouses of Jiufen Old Street, a narrow, cobbled street that offers a glimpses into the past. You’ll appreciate the atmosphere that inspired the sets featured in the Oscar-winning animation Spirited Away.

Your tour ends with return transport to your Taipei hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nanya Rock Area
Your tour starts with a stop at Nanya Rock, known for its unique rock formations created by weathering and erosion for years. Most of the rocks lying along the coastline are sandstones and sedimentary rocks; because of the velocity on erosion and the resistance to erosion, the rocks are formed in different shapes, such as the Ice Cream Rock, the Bamboo Shoot Rock, and the Fur Seal Rock, providing perfect photo opportunities.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Yin Yang Sea
After Nanya Rock, you will pass by the Bay of Two Colors on the way to the next stop of your tour. Bay of Two Colors, as its name implies, a bay where the sea is split into two colors—yellow and blue. The Chinese name “Ying Yang Sea” is given because the contrasting colors are associated with the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The process of natural mineral formation results in this unique phenomenon, “half golden, half blue” sea.
Stop At:  
Jinguashi 13 Ruins
Your half-day tour continues with a stop at the Remains of the 13 Levels in Jinguashi, a former copper smelter, which was built in 1933 when the Japanese people discovered and started the copper mining here. The copper smelter was closed in 1987 due to the decline of the mining industry. However it is a significant proof of the history of Jinguashi’s copper mining industry, and an iconic landmark of the northeastern area. Gaze at the remains from afar, this building is like an abandoned palace that is forgotten by people. Today it has become a popular spot for many dramas and advertisements shooting.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jiufen Old Street
Finally, the highlight of your tour—Jiufen Village, a hillside village that was once flourished in the 1940s due to the gold mining industry, and then fell into disrepair and decrepitude for years. Even though the golden age has long gone, this small village still has a lot of stories to tell. The awarded movie “A City of Sadness”, directed by the famous film director Hou Hsiao-hsien, was shot there. Its unique historical background, the melancholic and emotional atmosphere attracted enormous global attention. The success of the movie also brought vitality to Jiufen’s tourism, making it the most popular destination in northeastern Taiwan. Since you are in Jiufen, it’s recommended to have a cup of tea at a teahouse, where you can appreciate the picturesque scenery, and the freshly brewed tea at the same time. Besides the teahouses, here you can also tastes various local foods and buy souvenirs. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the traditional Jiufen dessert—Taro Ball!
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times and sequences are subject to change according to the weather and traffic condition.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes earlier than the pick-up time.
  • Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage.
  • Not recommended for travelers with physical disabilities.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edison Travel Service
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei.

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  • "If you want a 1/2 day tour, this is a good one." See review
  • "Jiufen Villiage is great but be warned it is PACKED with people, SO BUSY, Frank was a good guide, encouraging us to take photos and had ample knowledge for all the sites we saw and the history of Taiwan." See review

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star-5
Tour Guide Tony was amazing
Kevin_L
, Dec 2020
Tony was amazing! Loved the trip! The scenery was great and loved the view. Also it was the perfect amount of time at each location
star-5
One of the best tours I have ever had
Sol_C
, Jan 2020
So much fun! Tour Guide was so nice and funny, always making sure that we learn about the places, rather than only driving us there to take some photos. A fantastic experience. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. We look forward to see you again in the near future. :)
star-1
Worst Tour Ever
Erwein_C
, Dec 2019
A visit to Jiufen is to experience total chaos! Tour buses are not allowed to Jiufen so we were dropped off at a bus depot to be transferred to bigger tourist buses. Except some of these buses are not tourist buses but buses similar to what's being used at airports so seating was limited. Some tourists ended up standing on an uphill trip to Juifen. Not ideal for middle aged or older tourist. I don't know why they do not provide everyone with proper tourist bus since I am sure we all paid the same fare for the trip. Once you reach Juifen, its difficult to appreciate the village as it's foggy and raining. I believe it rains in Juifen 200 days in a year so I dont understand why no effort is made to ensure the whole alley where all the shops are located are covered. Some stores have awning but others don't so navigating the alley that is crowded with a lot of tourists while trying to hold an umbrella is not ideal and certainly far from an enjoyable experience. The worst part came when we were to depart Juifen. We were ready to leave a little past 5 so we went to the bus stop to board the tourist buses again except that apparently, the last bus that we opted not to take since it did not have seating for everybody in the tour group was the last bus from Juifen. There is no sign anywhere about the times that these buses run and our tour guide didnt seem to know as well and not being able to understand chinese, we couldn't catch the conversations between our tour guide and the "operators" of the tourist buses. There are still a lot of tourists at Juifen so we were really confused about the whole situation. The meeting time was decided by our tour guide . If we had known about the schedule of the buses, so we could have left a few minutes earlier. We eventually reached the bus depot but not without significant delay. Overall, this is definitely not worth the trip.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Sir/ Madame, We are very sorry about the poor service that you experienced during this tour. Due to the holiday traffic control, private buses were not allowed to access the main street in Jiufen, therefore visitors had to take the shuttle bus from the bus stop near the parking. Regarding the holiday timetable of the shuffle bus, we will speak with the tour guide and investigate the problem very soon. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience during this tour.
star-4
Jiufen tour
VEENA_S
, Dec 2019
I was with 7 other members of the same group. the trip was interesting and we could have spent more time at the village. Overall a very well organised trip.
star-4
Well organized and easy going
Olivier C
, Dec 2019
The van for 8 persons was brand new and well equipped. Sites of interest were visited and our guide was really willing to take care and please the group
star-5
Jiufen 1/2 day tour
Deborah_D
, Nov 2019
If you want a 1/2 day tour, this is a good one. We got out to see the gorgeous coastline of Taiwan. And though it was crowded, we enjoyed the narrow street market we walked through in Jiufen. Our tour guide, Jenny, was terrific: information, friendly, and cheerful. If you take this tour, you will be glad you did.
star-4
Swamped by Tourists, But in Scenic Location and Interesting History
David_S
, Nov 2019
Driving the East China Sea coast was very good experience with attractive coastal features. Jiufen Village itself was overcrowded and any charm eroded by the tourist hoard and the surly store keepers especially the woman in the fancier tea shop. It only gets 2 stars. You wonder if the place can sustain this level of visitors. The views from the village were spectacular though. The guide was good and related the history well. Overall tour 4 stars.
star-5
Amazing place but a quick trip
Sahar_I
, Oct 2019
The Jiufen village and Northeast coast were both beautiful places with amazing views and scenery. The tour guide was friendly and supportive, kept giving us information about the places. But I would have liked more time at each of those places and was disappointed with getting only 10 minutes at Northeast coast and 1.5 hour at the Jiufen village.
star-3
Too short tour that would benefit by some changes
Adrian_A
, Sep 2019
The tour is short and would benefit by reducing the time spent at a market (more than hour) and adding a visit to other site; for instance to a temple as some nice ones were seen in the area. Some are named gold temples because gold miners attended to pray for them as gold mining is a risky work. The guide was a nice man who spoke English well.
star-3
Good but could of been a bit better
danielmencis78
, Aug 2019
The overall tour was good, however the guides English was not great she tried hard but as she was trying to find the right words she made it boring.....
star-2
Lovely views, but Jiufen is overcrowded
Steffen_T
, Aug 2019
Wanted to get out of Taipei to see something else. Was picked up at hotel in a comfortable car, by a charming guide who told interesting stories about the destination on the way there. Beautiful nature, but Jiufen was horrific. An overcrowded "tourist-trap", comparable to the bazaar in Marrakesh. If you enjoy crowded, narrow streets full of street vendors, this is for you. If you like quaint, relaxed villages. find something else. I prefer the latter.
star-5
Great view of the north coast of Taiwan in 4 hours!
Joshua_J
, Jun 2019
Beautiful views of the pillow lava rock formations on the north coast. Beautiful drive up the mountainside to Jiufen. Nice walk through the street market of the old gold mining town. Excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon, without the hassle and cost of MTA/bus navigation or a much more costly cab. James, the informative and humorous guide made the trip all the more enjoyable!
star-4
Charming little village
sarah_lourdes
, Jun 2019
I enjoyed this tour. A great way to see this quaint little village tucked away in the northeast coast of Taiwan. Walter, our guide, was knowledgeable.
star-5
Great quick trip for a short stay in Taiwan
Maria_R
, May 2019
This half-day tour was great for our short stay in Taipei, Taiwan. We really enjoyed what we got to see. Finding the pick-up location was easy and we enjoyed seeing the coast and especially Jiufen! Unfortunately the market street in Jiufen were crazy packed since it was a holiday in China and there were lots of visitors to Taiwan but otherwise great tour and great bus accommodations. The tour guide spoke English but was a bit hard to understand, but I was ok with this as I'm the type of traveler who likes to explore on my own anyways, this was just a great way to see this area on a tight schedule.
star-5
Very informative trip in the north coast and Jiufen
Stefano_L
, Apr 2019
I was really surprised by the amount of information shared by the guide, in proper English. I really recommend this tour, especially for the coast line. Jiufen is very touristic and full of mini shops basically
star-4
Nice afternoon trip out of city
Yvette_D
, Jan 2019
Everything was good. The guide was informative, picked me up on time and returned meto hotel on time
star-4
A great time killer
Luke G
, Oct 2018
A great and easy way to kill 4 hours. The beaches and mining areas on this tour are spectacular. Jiufen Villiage is great but be warned it is PACKED with people, SO BUSY...Frank was a good guide, encouraging us to take photos and had ample knowledge for all the sites we saw and the history of Taiwan.
star-5
Great tour. The driver was safe and...
LEE_P
, Jul 2018
Great tour. The driver was safe and Thomas the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area. We had time to see the town which is good because there are many market stalls to peruse!! I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Juifen Village
Tai F
, Jun 2018
Guide was very knowledgeable and was very helpful. He told us the history of Jioufen and how it manages to survive in modern times.
star-5
Well organized and evenly paced...
RexBryan_R
, May 2018
Well organized and evenly paced, this tour took us through the bustling shopping area of Jiufen and we had a great experience. The tour guide was also very friendly. Highly recommended.

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