The easiest way to get to Jiufen (九份) from Taipei main station is by train.
So, Why should I go to Jiufen?
Jiufen was founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893, quickly developing the town due to a gold rush. Many buildings in the town remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence on both architecture and culture on the island. During World War II, the town housed a Japanese prisoner of war camp where captured Allied Force soldiers (mainly British) were forced to work in the gold mines. After the war, gold mining activities declined, and the town today exists mainly as a tourist destination remembering and celebrating Taiwanese history and culture.
From the beginning of the 1990s, Jiufen experienced a tourist boom that has shaped the town into an attraction easily accessible from Taipei City as a nice day trip (around 2 hours away round trip by public transit).
Today, the town is filled with both retro Chinese and Japanese style cafés, tea houses, and souvenir shops, as well as fantastic views of the ocean.
So, How to get to Jiufen (九份) from Taipei Main Station?
1. Get to Taipei Main Station
2. Instead of queueing, you could purchase the ticket (Ruifang) at the ticket kiosk, and follow the signboard to board the train.
3. Get to the 4th Platform, and wait for the train patiently.
4. Get to the bus station when you alight at Ruifang Train Station. (There are many buses that go to JiuFeng!)
5. Get to the bus station of Jiufen and walk up to the ICONIC sign of Jiufen!
The train ride would take about 1 hour for you to reach Ruifang and another 20 mins for you to reach Jiufen by bus.