Day 10 – July 16th, 2012
The second destination of Day 10 was 九份 Jiufen. Our driver cum tour guide related to us the origin of the name – Jiufen. In the early years, there were only nine families residing in Jiufen. Before there were roads, the villagers relied on ships to transport goods to them. For each shipment, the village would order nine portions of every item that they needed and thus the village became known as Jiufen (which literally means ‘nine portions’ in Chinese).
To our delight, the weather here was nice and cool. We had a great time shopping and tasting local delicacies here. It was very relaxing indeed.
This was my favourite – 花生捲冰淇淋 Peanut Ice-Cream Roll. It was basically shaved peanut and two scoops of ice cream wrapped in popiah skin. I simply loved it! Besides peanut ice-cream roll, we also had meat/squid/fish-ball soup, 九份阿柑姨芋圓 Ah Gan Yee Taro Balls, drunken chicken, mango ice and so much more.
Day 10 – July 16th, 2012
The night before, we stayed at 山樂溫泉 Shan-Yue Hot Spring Hotel. We decided to splurge on accommodation at Xin Beitou so that we could have a room with attached private hot spring bath, and thus avoided the hassle of going to a public bath. We paid NT$1980 per room and it was really worth it. We indulged a hot spring bath that night itself after we had checked in. We woke up early the next morning for another round of hot spring bath in the privacy and comfort of our hotel room before we went for breakfast.
Our driver cum tour guide for the day, Mr Orange Lai, arrived promptly as 8.30am. After checking out, we set out for our first destination – Yehliu Geopark.
At Yehliu Geopark, one could see the statue of Lin Tianzhen (as shown above). In 1964, a student who was visiting Yehliu with a group of friends accidentally fell into the sea. Lin, a local fisherman, jumped into the sea in an attempt to save the student. Sadly, both drowned. The statue was set up in memory of Lin’s heroic act.
“The Queen’s Head” (女王頭) is perhaps the most famous rock at Yehliu Geopark. We had to wait in a long queue for our turns to take picture with it. Kiate decided to give it a pass, though, as he couldn’t stand the heat anymore.
While we were there, it was too HOT for us to really enjoy the scenery. Furthermore, the place was too crowded for my liking. Ironically, it was only when I looked at the photos taken at Yehliu that I realised the captivating beauty of Yehliu. If we had gone in spring or autumn when it wasn’t scorching hot, perhaps we would have enjoyed the visit more.