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From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

1. From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

View Taiwan's northern highlights with this group tour from Taipei. Visit destinations like the Yehliu Geopark, the old-fashioned mountain village of Jiufen and Shifen. Start your day with pickup in downtown Taipei, and relax as you make your way to Yehliu Geopark, home to a number of unique rock formations caused by wind and sea, where you will view fascinating rock formations like the Queen's Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, and more. Next, head to Jiufen village, which was once famous for being a gold-mining town in the 1940s, but is now popular for inspiring scenes in the film "Spirited Away." The success of the movie brought vitality to Jiufen’s tourism, making it the most popular destination in northeastern Taiwan. It’s recommended to have a cup of tea at a teahouse, where you can appreciate the picturesque scenery, and the freshly brewed tea at the same time. Besides the teahouses, here you can also tastes various local foods and buy souvenirs. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the traditional Jiufen dessert—Taro Ball. Your tour continues with a visit to Shifen Waterfall. It is one of the most popular attractions in this area, widely-known as the “Little Niagara Falls” of Taiwan, a cascade-type waterfall similar to North America’s Niagara Falls. There are several viewing platforms near Shifen Waterfall, where the visitors can see the waterfall from different angles, even have a close-up look. Then head to the Shifen Old Street to experience the iconic tradition of flying Sky Lantern. Your tour guide will teach you how to release a sky lantern correctly, so you can fully enjoy the tranquil and peaceful moment. The street is lined with souvenir shops, sky lantern shops and eateries, where you can spend some time buying souvenirs or trying some local snacks before returning to Taipei. If you choose the option of combo with a free Lunar New Year Walking Tour: The free walking tour is available on 7, 8, 13, 14 January, 2023. Please contact the tour operator to pick a date once your booking is confirmed. Meet the tour guide at MRT Beimen Station (G13) Exit 3 at 14:30 on your chosen date, and then enjoy a relaxing walk around the old city blocks in Dadaocheng. After the walking tour, the group will dismiss at Ningxia Night Market. Tour stops include: Chinese Medicine Shop, Yongle Fabric Market, Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple, Dihua Street Lunar New Year Market and one of the oldest tea shops in Taipei.

From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

2. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

3. From Taipei: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour

Explore the Northeast Coast of Taipei and stroll through Jiufen Village on this afternoon tour from Taipei. Visit the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, a popular swimming spot for locals, and drive past lighthouses, fishing villages, pastoral farmlands, and charming temples. Meet your guide and driver and take a ride to the northeast part of Taipei to discover the remnants of the gold-rush past. As you make your way towards Jiufen, stop at Nanya Natural Rock Formation, to see unique rock formations eroded by sea waters. Continue your tour as you drive past the Bay of Two Colors, affectionately nicknamed the Ying-Yang Sea due to its contrasting colors. Next, head to Jinguashi to see the Remains of the 13 Levels. Established in the 1930s, this copper and gold refining plant was shut down in the 1980s. Today this location has become a popular spot for shooting music videos and TV commercials. Next stop, Jiufen Village, once the center of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but the quaint old village, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Sip on a cup of tea at one of the town's unique tea shops, or stroll along the quaint streets and shop for local snacks, like Tarro Balls, or souvenirs. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location, at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

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4.3 / 5

based on 148 reviews

My day tour in northern Taiwan was extraordinary. Nicholas my tour guide was exceptional. He was not only super friendly and accommodating, but also super knowledgeable of his culture and history. He went above and beyond in making sure that my time in Taipei (which was in fact super short) visiting Yehliu, the Golden waterfall, Jiufen and Shifen were amazing and memorable. He also knew that I was not able to visit ChiangKaiShek memorial hall during my short visit to Taipei and went out of his way to take me there before heading to the airport. In his words: “you can’t leave without seeing ChiangKaiShek”. I will definitely recommend this tour to anybody visiting Taiwan… as it is a must in everyone’s agenda, and I hope you get Nicholas as your tour guide. He will not only make your time a memorable one, but he will also make you want to come back. Great tour congratulations!!!

Jimmy Lin was an amazing and knowledgeable guide. He went above and beyond from start to finish! He was very informative about the historical facts of the different places that we visited and made sure we were comfortable during our tour. Each segment of the tour was enjoyable. Jimmy was very flexible to stop if we wanted to see something specific. My family and I had a great time! Jimmy even helped us to plan our next portion of the trip in Taiwan. Highly recommend!

Our tour guide Tim Chang was very kind and helpful. He gave us insights on Taiwanese culture. Very good communication skills as well! Value for money is 10/10. A MUST BOOK for all visitors of Taiwan.

the trip was good, guide was good but unfortunately it was raining heavily.

Jackie Chan is a great guide, and very helpful through out the journey