Exploring Jiufen and Jinguashi

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Journey down Pingxi Line

Continue down Pingxi Line

Beitou Onsen Soak

Tamsui Old Street

We spent the night at the bnb and woke up wishing the futon could be thicker. I have fat butt and sunk in deep into the futon =.= My hipbones really hurts in the morning. Oh well small issue!

First thing we do when we stepped out of the bnb and breathed in the fresh air.. TAKE MORE PICTURES! Look at hub’s eager face! He’s ready to suck in the morning scenery with his trusty iphone cam.

The hills and the sea and beautiful sky! You can taste the fresh air just from this picture!

The alley way to our bnb!

Why you look so emo early in the morning!???

Doggie has double eyelids!

Still chilling outside the cafe shop!

And then… 2 kitties appear!!! ❤

One of the picturesque stairways!

Hubs just had to try to be modelistic.. zzz

I forgot where.. . Jiufen old street doesn’t open till about 10 am so we had plenty of time for our morning walk.

Stairway overlooking downslope!

Watashi is amused!

We walked past one of the landmark!

And up the stairs and slopes till we reach Ah Gan Yi 阿柑姨芋圆 Taro balls shop which was recommended by the bnb owner! And almost ten am where all the stalls are starting to open!

Bought a bowl to share and it was really yums!

We came to the same tea house where we bought some porcelain bells and we went in and got some more bells!! We had to forgo the tea because I am caffeine intolerant and tea has caffeine.. same goes for coke and whatever nonsense. >_>

This place is worth a walk in! Do go in when you’re there!

Started buying streetfood along the street! Still early but more and more tourists arrived by bus! This is some grill king oyster mushroom~ 杏鲍菇 Chewy and the taste come mostly from the sauce! 
 
Almost approaching lunchtime and I started to complain about hunger, how if I don’t get fed, I will starve to death and how I’m hungry enough to eat an elephant. Hubs who does not get easily hungry rolled his eyes and made our way to a small eatery.
 
Ordered the braised meat rice again and some dishes. Meal was alright since I don’t really fancy rice.
 
 
Some pastry with coconut sugar! Bought one to share and I really like it!
 
Its delicious!
 
We ate at amost 12 pm previously and as we walk down a stairways which was filled with interesting quaint shops and cafes, we came across an interesting restaurant called A city of sadness restaurant. Decided to go although we still feel really full!
 
Hubs: eh… I hope there’s some light dishes! In the end we ordered soup and osmanthus tea! We continued down the stairway.
 
 
 
 Along the stairs, there were cafes and quaint little stores carrying mostly overpriced souvenirs! We stopped at  … for photos…
 

 

And more photos..

along the slope, there is this closed doors, I imagine if its a real shop, people really have to be mindful of their steps…

And then I went crazy with this shop! Mostly because a best friend of mine and my sister is crazy for cats!

It was still early about 3 pm and we were wondering what we could do then. Spontaneously we decide to take a bus to Jinguashi.

Walked past the japanese style residence! Looks really small but the outside is rustic and beautiful!

Some description of the place!

Continue walking and came across a stairway with a teeny train track beside it. Apparently it was used to transport coal mines!

And lo and behold! We saw Alchemy Cafe with a cute little miner squirrel mascot!

Hubs is happy with his new found companion albeit for a little while. That stuff toy belongs to the cafe and was set on the cushioned seat. Tiny ones are available for purchase though!

This tiramisu is pretty AND delicious!

Their mascot miner squirrel which uncanningly looks  a little like winnie the pooh. Lol

Their hot chocolate is delightful too and so is the pretty barista!

Walking around and exploring. Great photoshoot location I must say!

Owls symbolizes wisdom and they are loved by Taiwan!

Some random arty farty metallic sculptures!

Panoramaed the huge branches and really so dreamy this place! ❤

Catapult tree, condoned off though.

This place was condoned off too, chill area for the old ancient prince I guess.

We walked around some and then I got really excited because there is a place for hands on goldsand mining. I love love love hands on experience.

That is hubs grinding the goldsand with his legs.

Enjoy the view of his feet people!

Then swirling the dirt out of the sand using some logic which I could not remember.

See those shiny specks? Those are gold sand.

And the Ossan selling tiny bottle of teeny gold sand for souvenir.

We headed back to Jiufen and started looking for dinner.. Yah eat again! Lol

Further down the path of our bnb, there is this little old fashioned eatery call ahmei zu Annie’s cuisine (阿美族安妮的店). Looks authentic and we went in. Ordered some dishes and they were deliciousssssss.

 

Sesame Mee Sua and oh LOOK AT THAT HUGE SALMON. Serious when the Obasan brought it in, both of us dropped our jaw in shock! The tomato scrambled eggs was sooooo delicious! That was my favorite! The meat though.. meh~~

Running man were broadcasted on their TV and we nearly choked to death laughing. Then we noticed a Caucasian couple walked in and have trouble communicating with the obasan (auntie) and ossan(uncle), so we helped them to order their food before going back to laughing and running man!

Here’s another pic of the food to make you drool more.

Went back, KOed. The next day we transited to Taipei Main station in the heavy rain and heavy luggage. To be continued…

 

 

A soak with Obasan and transitting to Jiufen

Hubs and I Woke up super early like 6+ am (Blame the body clock), went down to the reception of Shan-Yue HotSpring Hotel to request a soak in the Public Onsen. Opens at 7am, so we lounge around a while till 7am.

Bid our temp farewell with a cheeky “don’t start comparing your ding dongs with others ah” and proceeded respectively to our 男汤 and 女汤. Not allowed to take pics inside (duh!). Stole some pics from google!

Pic on the right features the changing room where we stripped down. Pic on the right is the public pool!

Showered before going in in order not to contaminate the baths, basic courtesy and expected of you. I actually went into the indoor one when an obasan who apparently frequents there beckons to me to go through a door and out in the open air bath as featured on the left pic. The temperature is hotter than the indoor bath and took me some squirmish time to get myself completely submerged with encouragement from the obasan! The people there are really so nice T_T.

Met up with hubs who was already done with his soak and he had similar experience with an ojisan lol. He actually wondering where all the ojisans disappeared to and noticed they went through a door that leads towards the public onsen.

Had a simple breakfast in the hotel and proceeded to transit to jiufen via train. Was really glad we prebooked the train tix!

Bought Bentos for our short trip!

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Do Book your tickets in advance! http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx

img_0069Hubs’s pork chop rice which I liked more than my own bento…

img_0070My chicken chop rice which hubs liked more than his own.. Swopped bentos…

Reached Ruifang in a jiffy and took a cab up to Jiufen while enjoying the scenery all the way up!

 

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Walking towards our bnb and hubs caught sight of the dog! He just had to take a picture of the dog… zzz

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Enjoyed the short walk to the bnb called 九份啊嬤的家!

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The top entrance to the abode! Almost right at the doorsteps of Jiufen old street! It was winter there.. check out my hub’s T-shirt, jeans and slippers… tsk tsk

Dumped our barangs and we head out again to Ruifang to catch the Pingxi Line! Interestingly the train arrives at interval of an hour and at every stops. enabling visitors to enjoy an hour at each station before moving on to the next. You can purchase the pingxi line ticket which covers all the stops. We missed the train by ten minutes! Walked around while waiting for the next train!

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Ruifang feels like really grandmaish!

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I apologize for the photo quality as I’m just too lazy to edit them~~ lazy

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We found gachapon machines outside their convenience store!

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TBC