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See the former gold mining town of Jiufen and the fascinating geological formations of Yehliu National Geopark on this private day trip from Taipei. Stroll with your very own guide down Old Street to the Shengping Theater House for a look at Jiufen’s movie-making history. A seafood lunch and round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle are included with all the highlights.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Yehliu National Geopark and Jiufen from Taipei
  • Explore unique rock formations at Yehliu National Geopark with a private guide
  • See influences of Japanese culture in the former gold rush town of Jiufen
  • Find tasty local treats and souvenirs along Jiufen’s Old Street
  • Learn about the history of mining and movie making in Taiwan, such as the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away
  • Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at the harbor
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private, air-conditioned vehicle included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Be prepared to get 'spirited away' when you first set foot in downtown Jiufen! It's almost like walking inside of a storybook!

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Geopark from Taipei

Private Tour: Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Yehliu National Park from Taipei

Start your private tour with hotel pickup and settle into your private vehicle for the drive to Yehliu National Geopark, located less than one hour away from Taipei. Take the Great Ocean Road to this remarkable coastal destination in northern Taiwan, renowned for its rocky promontory overlooking the bay.


On arrival, snap photos of Yehliu's geological phenomena, including namesake boulders such as Queen’s Head. Savor a seafood lunch at the harbor, after which you’re driven to Jiufen, a once-prosperous then abandoned gold mining town that now draws inspiration for the movie industry. You may recognize filming sites for A City of Sadness and the Oscar-winning animated feature Spirited Away as you stroll past cozy teahouses lining the cobblestones of Jiufen Old Street. If you’re tempted, you can try snacks such as sweet taro balls, rice cakes and grilled squid (own expense).


See old houses in Jiufen’s residential area and explore a mountain pathway for a scenic glimpse of the Pacific Ocean before your guide takes you to the Shengping Theater House. Originally built for the mineworkers' after-hours entertainment, it was the first movie theater in northern Taiwan. Admire the restored ticket office, seats and stage, as well as vintage movie posters and defunct equipment. 


After you've learned more about Jiufen’s cinematic past, your private tour of ends with return transport to your hotel in Taipei.


Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Melinda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We had a really nice time with our private tour. Our guide was the same guide we had for another private tour so we had some time in advance to go over our itinerary with him. The only bad part of the day was the weather and that can't be controlled. It made things a little slower and we missed out on seeing some of the rock formations at Yehliu. At least our guide was prepared with umbrellas and ponchos! The guides choice for lunch was excellent. We were primarily a group of dietitians and our guide took us to a food market for lunch. He helped us find all different kinds of foods to try and offered suggestions for foods we might like. And the ice cream shop he took us to was excellent! The only thing I think would have made this better would have been more time in Juifen to look around and shop. Unfortunately that late in the day it was pretty packed with tourists so it was hard to look around. It was still fun, but I heard it is excellent at night so I think it would have been nice to stay a little later (I know that would turn this into a really long day and that may not be the best either). Overall, I definitely recommend this if you have some time while in Taipei.

Craig S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great day. The guides English was very good. He knew I was a photographer and went out of his way to find interesting sights for me to take pictures of. I got some great pictures. He was also very knowledgeable about the country and it's history.

Well worth the money.

Tristan Jayson M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Awesome tour

Kathleen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Our tour guide for the day, Fred, was excellent!! He provided wonderful details of Taiwan's history and political climate as we toured the northern part of Taiwan. We highly recommend this tour

OnAir2650 Belgium

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The tour was really interesting. But the English level could be better,

Ian G

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Interesting destinations, good tour guide

Thomas S

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Our guide Henry was very knowledgeable and friendly. His English was excellent. The tour was not rushed and at our request our guide helped us experience the food in small local Taiwanese restaurants.

Barbara E

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

We had a splendid day out. Henry, our guide/driver was very informative and interesting. We had requested an alternative to the seafood restaurant owing to allergies and he took us to the city of Keelung where he gently guided through the street foods on offer in the market - something we would not have been brave enough to do by ourselves.
The streets of Jiufen were crowded and colourful and Henry ensured that we all negotiated the sights safely.

MOIRA A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

The tour was very good. Our tour guide Fred went the extra mile to take us around and introduced us to places that he thinks might interest us.

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