For this post, I wanted to skip straight to the food. Why? Because that is actually one of the first things Mum and I did when we finally reached Jiufen (九份).
Perhaps it was the cold rainy weather but we were famished after visiting the Gold Museum. Taipei is pretty vegetarian friendly in general but we had a little difficulty when we were in Jiufen. Eventually we stumbled upon SIID CHA (吾穀茶糧 SIID CHA 食茶館) and decided to dine there for lunch.
Many of the restaurants and stores in Jiufen are perched along the slopes of the mountains; the scenery was breathtaking.
From the exterior, SIID CHA had a very industrial look. To bluntly put it, it looked like a slab of concrete. I quite liked the feel of it though.
If I could go anywhere in the world right now it would be Taipei. But since I can’t, I might as well blog. In case you need a refresher, I visited Xindian in my previous entry.
As far as the timeline goes, there was a week between that entry and this post. There’s nothing to write from that week because I was at a meditation retreat in Jinshan (金山). It was actually the reason Mum and I were in Taiwan but we extended our trip by two weeks to shop and sightsee.
With that said, we only spent one day travelling around. The weather was miserable during our last week in Taipei. In fact, there was an earthquake the day before we left!
We hired private driver to show us around Jiufen (九份). It left an impression on us ten years ago and we wanted to go back again. On the way there, we stopped by a few places in Ruifang (瑞芳). The first was The Yinyang Sea (陰陽海).
It continued to rain on the day of our visit. It was difficult to see with the waves crashing into one another but there are two distinct colours in the water. The soil nearby is rich in iron pyrite, resulting in the natural phenomenon. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert, so please read this article if you’d like to find out more. It seems to be worth the visit when the water’s calm.
After admiring the ocean view, we continued up the mountain.
Looking back now, the first few days of my trip was rather uneventful. Aside from the unplanned lunch and dinner appointments, we didn’t do much. It defeated the purpose of arriving early but on the bright side, we tasted a lot of good food.
We stayed near Bitan in Xindian District. There isn’t too much to look at aside from the suspension bridge, which comes alive (only) at night. There is also some paddle boats available for rent along the river bay.
This area is a good distance from the hustle and bustle of the city but is still very lively. On the afternoon we had free to ourselves, we took a walk around Bitan. Here are the resulting photos. As usual, hover over the photos for additional information!