Jinbaoli Old Street

Jinshan is the first place to be developed in North Coast. During the Ching Dynasty, all kinds of shops gathered in the narrow streets. Ships coming in and out of the harbor, brought in sales and commodities to Jinbaoli old street. No wonder the people in Jinshan Township are so proud of the old street. Surviving the Ching Dynasty, the Japanese colonial period and the restoration of Taiwan, some old buildings on the old street have been replaced. Only a few old buildings remain. Walking towards the Temple of Goddess Matsu—“Cihu Temple”, one can still see some old brick buildings of Japanese style and Fukien style along the old street. The best way to reminisce about the old memories is to taste the local snacks. Don't forget to taste the duck meat sold in front of the temple, the sesame cakes with egg yolk sold in Shuangsing Bakery and the tasty Chinese feta, curry patties and moon cakes with green beans.

Yeliu Scenic Area

Yeliu Scenic Area Originally a place under the sea, Yeliu was elevated from the ocean when two tectonic plates pushed against each other more than 20 million years ago. Rocks of interesting shapes in this place are the result of millions of years of erosion by sea and sand. These rocks of different shapes stimulate visitors' imagination, such as the mushroom rocks, beehive rocks, ginger rocks and rock trenches.

In the Scenic Area, one can choose to visit Yeliu Sea World on the right side to see the excellent performances of dolphins and sea lions and observe all kinds of fishes by walking through the submarine tunnel. When you leave the Sea World and walk towards the cape, you will be amazed by the geological wonder. Rocks of various shapes welcome you at the cape, including the famous Queen's Head and the nearby Fairy Shoe, Earth Rock and Elephant Rock. These rocks of unique shapes have attracted numerous tourists to Yeliu. Towards the end of Yeliu Cape stands the Lighthouse. It is a bit far for tourists to walk to; hence, most visitors would simply stand near the coast to see the Lighthouse.

Golden Waterfall, Thirteen Level and Yiyang Sea

Golden Waterfall is located near Ziqiang Bridge and Zhang Mining Area. When the heavy rainfall of the Jingua Stone area flows into the copper ore and iron ore and out, a golden waterfall is formed. No wonder this area is one of the most popular spots for wedding photos.

The so-called “Thirteen Level” is actually a copper smeltery built along the hillside. The plant has 13 levels, hence the name. The abandoned plant is a popular spot for singers in Taiwan to shot their music videos. The top of the “Thirteen Level” offers a great view over Yinyang Sea where the water of the upper stream displays a different color because of the heavy metal.

Prince Hotel

Prince Hotel, a building with exquisite style and carving, was built with the finest redwood. No iron nail was used. The elegant Japanese-style hotel has a Japanese garden, a golf course and a practice archery range. The hotel looks very charming when you see it hidden in the thick forest.

After the restoration of Taiwan, the Prince Hotel was taken over by Taiwan Metal and Mining Company and later by Taiwan Power Company, which is responsible for maintenance and management. The hotel is not open to the public.

Jiufen Old Street

Jiufen Old Street Jiufen old street is one of the busiest street in Jiufen. The street and the house are built along the mountain slope, forming a vertical chessboard. Starting from the bottom are three transmeridional roads--Qingbian Road, Jishan Street and Shuqi Road. Most of the snack shops are located in Jishan Street. Shuci Road, where most tea shops are located, is formed with hundreds of stone steps. Some shops sell snacks of traditional flavor, including taro and sweet potato, rice cake with taro, taro ball and more. For visitors who dislike the commercialized old street or the noise, a tea shop can be a great choice. A cup of Chinese tea and the nice view over Jiufen will help you forget all the troubles in reality.

Mount Teapot

Mount Teapot is located near Jingua Stone Station. The mountain looks like a teapot without a handle, hence the name. However, when you look at the mountain from Jingua Stone, it looks like a lion, so it is also named “Lion Mountain”. The mountain is an important landmark for Jingua Stone. If you are interested to climb to the top of the mountain, you can start from Cyuanji Hall. The footpath will lead you to the top in about one hour. Or, you can walk up the mountain with the steps across the Museum of Mining Industry and the trip will take about 30 minutes. Standing on the top of the mountain, one can enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, the surrounding mountains as well as Mount Keelung and Jingua Stone village opposite you.

Fulong Beach

Fulong beach is probably the best-known swimming beach in Northern Taiwan. The coast is divided by the Shuangxi River. A suspension bridge connects the inner river and the outer sea. Standing on the bridge, visitors might have the illusion that they are looking at the end of the ocean. Famous for the soft sand and open beach, the beach is a perfect place for swimming, making sand castles, sailing and canoeing.

Bitou Cape

Marking where the Pacific Ocean and East Sea meets, Bitou Cape is one of “The Three Capes in Taiwan”, the other two are Sandiao Cape and Fuguei Cape. The best way to enjoy yourself when you visit Bitou Cape is to walk along the footpath. Accompanied by Pandanus odortissimus and wild chrysanthemum, the footpath leads the visitors to splendid view of the waves, the ocean, the rocks and big swirl. The footpath is divided into three trails: coastal footpath, valley line footpath and lighthouse footpath. Visitors can depart from Longdong Bay Park or Bitou pedestrian bridge and have a complete view of the natural landscape. When the sky is clear, one might even see Keelung Isle, Mountain Teapot and Sandiao Cape afar.

Caoling Old Path

Departing from Gongliao Train Station and walking along Yuanwangkeng Street towards the mountain, you will find the entry of Caoling old path—Beikou. Before Beikou, the road is blacktop and concrete road, but after entering Beikou, you will have to walk up stone steps and slope. Walking through the underpass in front of Gongliao Elementary School, you will find yourself in Desing Palace, which was originally a place used for rice solarization.

Standing at the entry to Yuanwangkeng Street, you will see a nice view of farm houses, temples and paddyfield. Walking up the slope, Broussonetia papyrifera, Morus australis Poir and Medinilla formosana welcome you on both sides of the footpath. If you visit the place in June, you might be able to see all kinds of beautiful butterflies, including Cyrestis thyodamas and Papilio polytes. Golden eagles are visitors of the area. In the summer, a lot of visitors enjoy fishing and swimming in the stream.