Finally after about one hour train's ride, we arrived at Ruifang Train Station.
From here if we wanted to take another train via the Pingxi Line to visit Shifen or other towns, we can buy tickets from the platform's office once we alighted from the train if not we made our way down the stairs. We decided not to waste any more time taking more trains so we opt Shifen out of my original plan to visit it. Perhaps the next time we will buy the one day train pass to visit Shifen and other towns. You can find out more about Shifen from this website.
From the above map, we could see that Ruifang Station is very near to Yehliu and Keelung Harbour. As we had visited these two places in our last trip, we decided to skip them for this trip. We decided to visit Jiufen only.
From Ruifang Train Station, we had to cross the road and take a bus to Jiufen. The bus stop is just next to the Wellcome Minimart.
I have no idea which bus to take to Jiufen, I just ask the queue, seems like everyone were heading that way and taking the same bus. When the bus finally came, I did not see any bus number on the bus but had to take the bus driver's words that the bus was going to Jiufen. Best to sit near the driver cause they do not open the back door for exit. It cost only NT15 to Jiufen and only 15 minutes ride.
I found out about this too late cause I missed my stop at Jiufen and ended up one bus stop away.
The bus stop to Old Street of Jiufen. The bus ride from Ruifang Train Station to Jiufen was about 15 mintues and the road was very narrow and winding. The bus stop to alight for Jiufen's Old Street is just before the seven eleven minimart.
Before hubby and myself made our way to the front exit, the impatient bus driver drove away. We missed the bus stop and had to continue our journey to the next stop. The next stop is Jinguashi's Gold Ecological Park. We have no intention to visit it cause the tunnel museum was closed on a Monday but now we had to visit the museum's other attractions due to the missed bus stop.
The people at seven eleven are tourists waiting for their tour bus. The arrow points to the old street of Jiufen. (will talked more about Jiufen in later posts.