Nov 15, 2016 – JIUFEN 九份 – TAIWAN
by CM Lim

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The main draw for my visit to Jiufen was the clutter townhouses that sprawl the slopes of the mountain, much to my delight, the shopping alleys that winds around the mountain is as intriguing for photography as for shopping.

There are the winding alleys with shops on both sides, with unexpected turn or exit that takes one up or down a slope which then lead to another level of shopping alley…

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Conserved houses lend a retro charm to the contemporary cafe.
I still got lost despite the directions…

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One of the most photographed location, an iconic stairway which appears in almost every videos and article I read about Jiufen.

In photography, I like stairways and paths, they have inexplicable leading effects, playing important role in accentuating subjects, fine examples are “The Spanish Steps”, the stairway leading up to the “Ruins of St. Paul’s” in Macau among other places.

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Besides the shrub on the left is a walkway to another new stretch of shopping alleys…

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A converging section, people stop to marvel at the landscape in front, some walk, some shop…

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Buildings erected within walking space apart…

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Nothing out of the ordinary, just that this corridor here, the style of the building, felt like a bit different from other sections.

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Over time, the inhabitant had come to realized that no matter where it chose to lie down, it still gets in the way of tourist’s path, so it just lies down anywhere anyway.

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One of the busiest section of the town, the drop-off/pick-up point to the main entrance of the shopping street (Between the white and brown building ).

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Dusk fell rapidly after 5 pm, this convenient store just outside Jiufen shopping entrance has a delightful and cozy corner for snackers. While sipping my warm Espresso, I could not resist snapping this enchanting little display.
I am waiting for nightfall, with all the lights come on…

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In spite of the rain, many people brave it to take picture of this sea facing restaurant.

When there is no daylight, we can’t see far, night lights bring another aspect of the town to life, and I had the good fortune of admiring them all.

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Thank you for visiting

JIUFEN II – SHOPPING ALLEY

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JIUFEN I – HOUSES ON HILLSLOPE

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