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

Standing near the track, I felt a gust of wind rushing past from the subway tunnel behind and a somewhat faint train swishing sound drawing near, the station staff was making his round walking towards my direction, the view before me appeared cinematic just of that moment, glad I managed to take a quick shot of the above picture before the train pulls in. I’m at Taipei Train Station heading to a tourist town call JIUFEN.

JIUFEN, in Chinese literally means Nine Portion or Nine Parts, and is exactly the name that piqued my interest,  how and why a village in this mountain suburb came to be called Nine Portions? After scouring the net, one of the best answers was found: Wikipedia

Cluttered townhouses on hill slope are characteristic of Jiufen, the likes of Positano of Amalfi Coast, Italy or South Korea’s Gamcheon in Busan and many others, the very reason for my photography visit, to capture conserved townhouse landscapes, the alleys, and streets.

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RUIFANG STATION_p8a5368-800

After getting off the train in Ruifang station, on the deck, I stood captivated by the quaint color combination of the train and station structure along with its symmetrical lines… it’s like a part of a movie I’d seen.

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RUIFANG 瑞芳 – An unassuming town_p8a5371-800

Light magenta tone dominated most architecture, Ruifang may look like any other ordinary town in Taiwan, but there is something special about this place, it is the gateway to the many well-known tourist sites in this northern part of Taiwan, Jiufen where I’m heading, is one of them.

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JIUFEN OLD TOWN
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At the entrance of Jiufen shopping street, looking down to where I came winding up from, marveling at this little town, how it’s reputation travel, how it became famous.

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SHOP AND DINE
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Restaurants and Shopping perch along hill slope, more pictures of the shopping street itself in Blog – JIUFEN II – SHOPPING ALLEY.

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MAZE OF ALLEYS_p8a5377-800

Taking note of the landmarks from here before entering into the maze …

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ALLEYS_p8a5391-800

Narrow and winding alleys each with the allure of its own…

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BEYOND THE LAND_p8a5395-800

Looking out to the East China Sea.

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TOWNHOUSESexpecting_p8a5396-800

This image is showcased in my photo art website: CHO-ME.COM

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SHOP CLOSED_p8a5393-800

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BUILDING BLOCKS_p8a5401-800

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WORKSHOP_p8a5394-800

The Lamp, Mailbox, says a lot about an era gone by …

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SCREEN OFF_p8a5404-800

Somebody’s window.

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JUNCTIONS_p8a5406-800

Weaving in and out of alleys, lots of twists and turn… there is no right or wrong way, every corner could lie an opportunity for a photo shoot, let’s take a Right turn …

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DESCENDING PATH_p8a5414-800

Shadow of its old self, love that natural grunge look of the wall.

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BRICK HOUSE_p8a5419-800

Like a house in a storybook, suspended in time…

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END OF THE DAY_p8a5453-800

Getting dark, it’s only 4.30pm.

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LIGHTS UP_p8a5455-800

Lights came on early at 5 pm as darkness fell, I had to make haste with this shot as it was starting to drizzle.

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Thank you for visiting

JIUFEN I – HOUSES ON HILL-SLOPE

 JIUFEN II – Shopping Alley ->

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