Located in Rueifan Town, Taipei County, Chiufen used to be the center of gold mining in Taiwan. With a unique location and landscape, the famous scenic spot, Chiufen is surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, offering amazing views of Mist Sea that creates a romantic ambience. When gold mining industry ended, Chiufen was once solitude until the rise of tourism in Chiufen, it is now one of the must-see attractions at Taipei.
The name, Chiufen means nine portions in Mandarin. According to the references from Taipei County Government, there were only nine families lived in this village during Ching Dynasty. Due to lack of resources, whenever one of the nine families went grocery shopping in the market or purchasing goods from freighters, they would purchase nine portions; this is how Chiufen earned its name. Until 1893, gold was found in Chiufen, large numbers of gold miners entered the village and brought prosperities to the area. During World War Two after restoration of Taiwan, gold fever subsided, gold mining industry officially ended in 1971.
Today, Chiufen features historical sites of Japanese styled architectures and a vivid old street that offers abundant local snacks and exotic traditional stores. Famous Chiufen snacks include sweet taro balls made by tapioca starch and taro, rice cake with Chinese herbs, red vinasse Taiwanese meatball; Red vinasse is the vinasse of Shaohsing Wine, and many others. Moreover, enjoying fabulous mountain and sea views with great teas from teahouses are popular among tourists and locals.
Another highlight of Chiufen is the Gold Ecological Museum. The museum offers histories of gold mining industry in the area. Various facilities include Museum of Gold, Environmental building, Crown Prince Chalet, Four-joined of Japanese Styled Residence, Gold-refining building and Benshan Fifth Tunnel. Visitors may take a walk through Benshan Fifth Tunnel to experience the working environment of gold miners in old days, or visit the Crown Prince Chalet for a beautiful Japanese styled chalet and garden. Enriched with beautiful nature views, architectures, and tasty local dishes, Chiufen is an excellent, memorable attraction for your Taipei tours.
Hello, This is a postcard from Chiufen. Chiufen is a famous sightseing spot in Taiwan. It is a small village located in the mountain Chiufen, always crowded with tourists. People can drink tea and enjoy the views from the high point.(Someone, Taipei)