I've fallen in love with Jiufen, an old mining town in the Northeast Mountains of New Taipei City that is now home to artist shops, authentic tea houses, and yummy artisan stalls.
The 100-year old A-Mei Tea House in Jiufen inspired the Japanese anime Spirited Away, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, and is regarded as one of the greatest animated films of all time.
Jiufen is now my favorite place in Taiwan and I can't wait to go back...
After our visit to the Gold Museum, we got dropped off in Jiufen, at the Fushan Chinese Temple facing the sea.
The Bath House in Spirited Away. (Fan Art by Ben Andrews)
Check out this post by Koichi on Jiufen and Spirited Away: Tofugu.com | I Went To The Real-Life Spirited Away
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Disclosure: Our Taiwan Fam Trip last June 2014 was courtesy of the Taiwan Visitor's Bureau, Eva Air, and Jeron Travel. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. Can't wait to go back to try the other yummy discoveries like the Paper Thin Beef Jerky. Any other suggestions?