Jiufen, Home of the World’s Most Beautiful Bus Stop

Up a narrow, winded road is this vantage spot in Jiufen, about 90 minutes from Taipei by bus. It’s a picture perfect area despite the hordes of tourists who try to make their way through the lengthy market street. That area is a bit claustrophobic, so it’s outside where the real beauty lies.

Apparently Jiufen was the inspiration for some scenes in the excellent Hayao Miyzaki film Spirited Away. I didn’t realize that when visiting in the summer of 2013 and it never occurred to me despite Spirited Away being one of my favorite films, but now I see the resemblance.

This combined with the nearby Jinguashi Gold Ecological Trip made for one of the best day trips I’ve ever been on.

Jiufen bus stop

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Karge

Karge

I'm an American freelance writer who spent a couple years living in Cambodia. Now I'm on the move again and traveling all over the place. I'm willing to try any bizarre liquor that's presented to me. Any recommendations?