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  • Location:Taipei, Taiwan
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best Taipei Shore Excursion: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark Day Trip

While in port in Taipei, spend time in the former gold mining town of Jiufen. Take the Great Ocean Road on your full-day shore excursion, stopping along the way to see Yehliu National Geopark’s fantastic geological formations. In Jiufen, stroll down Old Street with your knowledgeable guide and discover Taiwan’s movie-making history at the Shengping Theater House. Enjoy lunch and round-trip transport from the Keelung port.

Numbers are limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience with a small group.


  • Taipei shore excursion to Yehliu National Geopark and Jiufen with a local guide
  • Climb around amazing boulders at Yehliu National Geopark
  • Stroll along Jiufen’s Old Street in search of snacks and souvenirs
  • Hear about Taiwan’s favorite filmmaking location for movies like the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away
  • Includes seafood lunch and round-trip transport from the port by air-conditioned minivan
  • Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Best Taipei Shore Excursion: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark Day Trip

Taipei Shore Excursion: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark Day Trip

After pickup by your guide from the Keelung port, begin your small-group shore excursion with a drive along Taiwan’s northeast coast to Yehliu National Geopark, located less than one hour away from Taipei along the Great Ocean Road. Famous for its rocky promontory overlooking the bay, Yehliu provides remarkable scenic views and coastal geological formations shaped over time by wind and waves.
Keep your camera ready for multiple photo ops of the phenomenal natural environment as you explore the large rocks dubbed with imaginative names such as Queen’s Head; many of the boulders are named by the locals for their resemblance to everyday objects.
Stop at a fishing harbor for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, then hop back in your minivan for the ride to Jiufen. Situated in the hills overlooking a small harbor, the once prosperous town is famous for its former gold mining industry.

Follow your guide down narrow cobbled streets past stone walls and tea houses. Learn how Jiufen was abandoned by the 1970s and nearly forgotten, but is now a mecca for artists and writers, inspiring films like A City of Sadness and Spirited Away.
If you would like to try the local fare (own expense), Jiufen Old Street offers plentiful food stalls as well as souvenirs and teashops that stretch through the entire town. Stroll down the lengthy, narrow street brimming with traditional crafts and delicious snacks such as sweet taro balls, rice cakes and grilled squid.
Get a glimpse of old houses in Jiufen’s residential area and explore an old pathway where mountains meet the Pacific Ocean before your guide takes you to the restored Shengping Theater House. Originally built for the mineworkers' after-hours entertainment, it was the first movie theater in northern Taiwan.

Admire authentic details such as the ticket office, seats and stage, as well as vintage movie posters and defunct equipment. Listen to tales about Spirited Away, which won the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and see some of the signature locations from the movie. Hear about the director, Hayao Miyazaki, who was inspired by the scenic beauty of Jiufen on a long visit to Taiwan and used the town’s scenery as a backdrop for the Japanese film.
Your small-group shore excursion of Jiufen ends in the evening with drop-off at the cruise terminal.


Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Taipei port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

fabulous .very well organised.would recommend this trip to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour guide -- much better to do this tour rather than stay in Taipei. Get a real feel for Taiwan. The Juifen town was very authentic and a wonderful experience. Highly recommend this tour. The Geo park was interesting and worth stopping for 45 minutes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Amazing Tour with fresh, friendly and helpful tour guides. Perfect day trip for cruiseship passenger...

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We enjoyed the trip and can certainly recommend this. The Yehliu National Geopark was wonderfull and we liked the old Jiufen Gold Rush Town. The lunch was average, but I think this was the best one can get in this region.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

I could not give a fair review as the weather on that day did not co-operate and it was cold and wet.I commend the guide who was excellent.

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