|Fog prevents us from seeing the view of the ocean from Jiufen|
|The street scene at the National Center for Traditional Arts|
|A demonstration on a ceramic duck pipe|
People describe him as a Robin Hood figure who robbed from the rich and the Japanese government to give to the poor. Here Liao was dressed in a long traditional Chinese robe wearing a hat and spectacles and sitting by a table with a teapot and cup.
|The tea house that inspired Spirited Away|
In 1893, gold was discovered there and soon the place was swamped with gold diggers hoping to strike it rich.
Another film, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away in 2001 was inspired by Jiufen and in particular a tea house called Ah Mei Cha Lou. As a result many Japanese tourists like to make their pilgrimage to this place. That combined with narrow stairs made it a very crowded area.
|Taiwanese crepe filled with shaved peanut and ice cream|
We tried some interesting snacks, such as a crepe with a layer of peanut and dark sugar shaved from a block, then two small scoops of ice cream added before it was wrapped up and put in a small plastic bag. The crepe was crunchy, soft and cold at the same time making it a delicious treat but had to be eaten quickly.
|Braised stinky tofu, with the spicy ones on the right|
|One of many stray cats hanging out at Jiufen. Dogs too!|
It's interesting to see how much of an impact the Japanese occupation had on Taiwan. The Taiwanese resented the colonial period but at the same time the Japanese improved the infrastructure of the island. The Japanese influence on cuisine is also prevalent, with dishes on the whole being light, and pickled vegetables are common.
|The night scene overlooking Jiufen|