Jiufen offers glimpse of traditional Taiwan

Jishan Street in Jiufen, Taiwan. Image courtesy of Anna Cheong.

If you crave traditional Taiwanese snacks and yearn for the mountains, Jiufen is one of the best destinations in Taiwan. The mountainside village was once a prosperous gold mining town. After World War II, the mining business declined, leaving behind quaint streets and well-preserved tea houses. While the roads leading up to the town remain dangerously steep and narrow, the tranquility and hazy atmosphere adds a haunting loveliness. With views of the Pacific Ocean, traditional snacks and handmade leather goods, it is a hot tourist attraction. Continue reading