Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Hey guys! So we were previously in the scenic gold-mining mountain town, Jiufen, the setting that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime. We took it one step further the next day and headed to… Shifen.   …..   Ok sorry bad pun haha. You know I’m terrible at these things. Jiufen in Chinese literally means… Read More Shifen – Old Streets, Sky Lanterns and The Broadest Waterfall in Taiwan

Natural and Historical Treasures @ The Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan

Jiufen, much like Sacramento in California, was a town that benefited from the gold rush. Japanese mining companies flocked to the mountainside in the 19th century, drawn to its riches, and left behind a legacy of history, culture and unique buildings that are now a major tourist attraction in Taiwan. Leaving behind the scenic Old Quarters,… Read More Natural and Historical Treasures @ The Gold Museum, Jiufen, Taiwan

Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Another day in Taipei, Taiwan! We allocated a whole day to spend at Jiufen, a decommissioned gold mining mountain town originally built by the Japanese, popular for its historical alleyways and Japanese-influenced architecture. I was especially excited to explore the place after finding out that it was the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away anime, which… Read More Jiufen, Taiwan – The Town that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei

  Taiwanese people love to eat, and they love to eat at night. So what do you get? Dozens of night markets peddling all sorts of goodies until the wee hours of the morning. These are very much like our Malaysian pasar malam, occupying streets and sidewalks that are otherwise normal thoroughfares during the day.… Read More Eating Stinky Tofu (and a bunch of other stuff) @ Raohe Night Market, Taipei