Just about one hour away from Taipei lays the lovely little town of Jiufen, also spelled Jioufen or Chiufen. It is nice to spend a day there in this town as a day trip from Taipei. Gold was discovered there at the end of the 19th century, but the mines got forgotten around the 1970’s. You can walk around in the old center, wander around the alleys, admire the mountain and sea views, walk around the temples… Don’t forget to have amazing tea at the Jiufen teahouse! I suggest to stay there until the evening if you don’t stay the night, to see the city light up as the night falls.
Some of my pictures of Jiufen: