Rooftop of a Chinese temple in Jiufen and Keelung faced to the East China
Jiufen, also spelled Jioufen or Chiufen is a mountain area in the Ruifang
District near Keelung, Taiwan. Many
present features of Jiufen reflect the era under Japanese colonization,
with many Nipponese inns surviving to
this day. Gold-mining activity declined after World War II, and the mine
was shut off in 1971. Jiufen quickly
went into decline, and for a while, the town was mostly forgotten.
For the beginning of the 1990s, Jiufen experienced a tourist boom that
has shaped the town as a tourist
attraction. Soon retro-Chinese style cafes, tea houses, and souvenir stores
bearing the name "City of Sadness"
were built. Jiufen also became popular in 2001 due to its resemblance to
the downtown in the anime movie
Spirited Away. Jiufen soon attracted tourists from Japan. Many Japanese
travel magazines and guide books
about Taiwan introduced Jiufen. It became a must-visit place among tourists.
However, Miyazaki himself denied
that Jiufen was the model city of the movie. At present, Jiufen is a renowned
tourist attraction representative
of Taiwan. It draws many tourists from Taipei during the weekends.
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Steep stairs and the rooftop with gods at a Chinese temple in Jiufen
Retro-Chinese style souvenir stores: This place is somewhat similar to Mont-Saint-Michel in France.
(L) A cat stands just like a white statue. (R) A retro-Chinese style tea
house, one of the symbol tea houses in Jiufen
Cats on the roof at Ruifang (Houtong is well-known as a cat village and in one train-station distance
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The photographs were taken in Dcember 2016, and article was written in
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.