This tour travels to the northeast coast and the historic village of Chiufen, once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. Board your coach at the pier for a scenic drive that brings you into the hills that lie in northeastern Taiwan. Here, tucked next to the mountains and facing the sea is where you'll find this charming mountain village.
History tells us that at one time there were only nine families living in Chiufen. Given there were no roads at that time and everything had to be transported by ship, it became habit to order everything in "portions of nine," which, when translated in Chinese means Chiufen and thus became the name of the village. In 1890, gold was discovered nearby the village and it wasn't long before this small village of nine families grew to one of 4,000. It came to be known as the gold city of Asia and often referred to as little Shanghai or little Hong Kong. As with many gold rush towns, when the mines stopped producing gold, the town nearly faded into obscurity. As fate would have it, it was chosen as a location for several films that won international recognition, such as Sad City which won first prize at the Venice Film Festival, resulting in a renaissance of sorts for Chiufen. Although its gold past is but a whisper, today the town boasts many unique teahouses and an intriguing character that still lingers from its heyday. One of Chiufen's other attractions is the beautiful panoramic views it has of the sea.
During your time here you'll stop at one of the tea houses where you'll be treated to a refreshing tea and light snack, and then visit the Chiufen Art Gallery, Peng Garden and Hsia-Hai Chenghuang Temple before traveling back to the pier in Keelung.
Please note: Not recommended for wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothes, a windbreaker or light jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.