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Taiwan Taipei Free And Easy Trip – Day 3

August 28, 2011 25 comments

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Taipei Free and Easy Day 3

JIU FEN 九分

MRT: Take any line to Taipei Main Station 台北車站

Train: Take the Train North to Rui Fang Train Station 瑞芳站 (about 1hr)

Bus: Take the Keelung Transit bus opposite the Train Station to Jiu Fen @ NT$15, about 20 mins.

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Jiu Fen is a small town in north of Taiwan.  Until the 1950’s, Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town.  The town went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued.  The quaint streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean saved it from becoming yet another anonymous mining ghost town.  Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination.

Train Ticket Counter at Taipei Main Station

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Train Ticket to Ruei Fang by C.K. Express, NT60 (53 mins)

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Train Schedule Display at the Railway Platform

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Railway Platform 6

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Inside the Train, Clean and Comfortable

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Ruei Fang Station Underpass

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Clear Direction Everywhere, You Wouldn’t Miss it

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Ruei Fang Station – Train’s History

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Ruei Fang Train Station

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Take the Bus to Jiu Fen and Jin Gua Shi at Bus Stop Opposite Ruei Fang Train Station

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Narrow and Winding Road up the mountain to Jiu Fen

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The town of Jiu Fen is built into the side of the hills slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean coastline.  The main area of interest to visitors are the town’s historic commercial district which is covered by two pedestrian streets: Jishan Street 基山街, which runs along the ridge line, and Shuchi Street 豎崎路, which runs up and down the slope of the hill.  The area is small enough to cover on foot.

Jiu Fen Old Street – The Most Popular Entrance Near the Bus Station

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Jishan Street 基山街, which runs along the ridge line

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Jiu Fen Old Street

Shuchi Street 豎崎路, runs up and down the slope of the hill

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Jiu Fen is on Hills Slightly Inland

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Pacific Ocean View from Jiu Fen

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Jiu Fen Housing Estate View

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Jiu Fen Famous Mo Zi

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The area is known for its collection of historic businesses, eateries, and tea houses, allowing visitors to relive the past while sampling local delicacies and specialties such as Taro and Sweet Potato Balls, purchasing handicrafts and other knick-knacks.

You can see this Famous Jiu Fen Taro Balls Stall everywhere

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Famous Jiu Fen Taro Balls Shop – TV Program Shooting inside

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Tv Program Shooting – How to make Famous Jiu Fen Taro Balls

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Very old Temple

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Shopping Heaven for Local Delicacies.

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Famous Ah Mei Tea House

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 JIN GUA SHI GOLD ECOLOGICAL PARK 金瓜石黄金博物园区

Gold Ecological Park

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MRT: Take any line to Taipei Main Station 台北車站

Train: Take the Train North to Rui Fang Train Station 瑞芳站 (about 1hr)

Bus:  From Rui Fang Train Station – take the Keelung Transit bus opposite the Train Station to the last bust station @ NT15, about 30 mins

Bus: From Jiufen, take the bus in front the pavilion next to 7-11 at Jishan Street entrance, about 10 mins.

Open: 9.30am to 5pm daily, Closed on Monday

Ticket: NT$100

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Gold Ecological Park Entrance

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The Gold Ecological Park is a newly opened park located in the mountainous town of Jingua Shi  (Jingua Rock) in Ruifang Township, New Taipei City.

Direction for Places of Attraction in the Park

The main attraction is Gold Museum, the Crown Prince’s Chalet and natural heritage, the park is the first ecology museum in Taiwan.  It lays special emphasis on heritage preservation, sustainable development; old buildings reuse as well as localized operations aimed at promoting regional development.

Special Exhibition Hall.  1st Floor is the Miner’s Cafe selling Meal with Special Features. 2nd Floor is used for Special Exhibitions and also Video Room.

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Gold Cart- very heavy!!

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Jin Gua Shi’s God of Wealth

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Mountain Wu-Er-Cha Hu (Mountain Tea Pot without Ear) is the Landmark of Jin Gua Shi.

In addition to enjoying the unique geological and natural sights here, visitors of the park will have better understanding of the mining history and community culture of Jingua Shi.  Jingua Shi is ready to create a fresh golden legend with the participation of local residents who together will forge the glamour of this land.

Jin Gua Shi Bus Stop

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Bus 825 – From Jin Gua Shi to Ruie Fang Station

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This is cool – the Owner of this House Place an Old WW2 Air Plane on His Roof.

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Ruei Fang Street View

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Train Ticket Counter at Ruei Fang Station

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Express Ticket from Ruei Fang to Taipei Main Station by T C Ltd Express at NT78 (45 mins)

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NATIONAL DR. SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL 国立国父纪念馆

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall – Front View

MRT: Take Nangang Line to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall station 国父纪念馆站 Exit 4

Open: 9am – 5pm daily (closed on Eve and Chinese New Year’s Day)

Ticket: Free Entrance

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Station Exit 4

National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall was built in 1972 with ancient Chinese palace style, to commemorate China founding father, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a great man with wisdom, benevolence, and courage and his great revolutionary career.

The size of The Bronze Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is 8.9 meters height and weight 16.7 tons

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Honor Guards: The Army, Navy & Air Force take turns to serve as the honor guards whose duty time is from 9am to 5pm with shift change made every hour.

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With an auditorium able to hold 3,000 people, this Memorial Hall is often used for concerts, dance and dramatic performances.  It is a multi-purpose facility for outdoor recreation and leisure activities as well as indoor cultural and educational activities.

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This was written by Uncle Lee Kuan Yew, another great politician.

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In Front of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall – Big Piece of Land, Luckily Ah Bian Haven’t Got Chance to Sell It Away yet.

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Taipei 101 View from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Library

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Garden with 2 very big statue of him.

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall – Back view

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 WU FEN PU COMMERCIAL ZONE 五分埔商圈

MRT: Take Dansuei (Red) Line 淡水站 to Hou Shan Pi Station 後山埤站 Exit 4 – Walk about 5 mins west along Yongji Street to the corner of  Zhongpo N. Rd.

Open: around noon and close after mid-night daily

Wu Fen Pu Whole Sale Market

When talking about buying the most fashionable and cheapest clothes in Taipei, Wu Fen Pu is the place which almost everybody who lives in Taipei city will recommend.  It provides clothes for both men, women, and even for dogs!  Not only for retail sale, Wu Fen Pu is also a place for bulk or whosale sale.

The ready-made clothes distribution zone is a paradise for those who are looking for fashion at a fair or even cheap price.  The whole area is dedicated to shopping, housing hundreds of wholesale shops that sell and supply to those in the center of Taipei city.  The shops keep on changing their stuff every week, so you’ll never find the same thing twice.

In the MRT Station – Direction to Wu Fen Pu Wholesale Market

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Outside the MRT Station – Direction to Wu Fen Pu Wholesale Market

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We Found this Ticket Reader In the MRT Station. It show the all the ride records oh, Cool.

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Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & Taichung) Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 5

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