There has long been one place high on my to visit list in the north of Taiwan. That place is Jiufen (九份) and the nearby Jinguashi (金瓜石) and I finally made it there today.
It was mid-afternoon when I arrived. I only quickly passed through Jiufen. Although I stopped long enough to enjoy the delightful view back along the coast towards Keelung.
Next I headed for Jinguashi where the views where even more spectacular. Jinguashi is home to the Gold Ecological Park (黃金博物園區). The Park preserves some of the area's Japanese era buildings and contains a museum which tells the story of gold mining in the area. As it was already late in the day I didn't buy a ticket to go into the museum. You can still walk around the park and enjoy the magnificent views.
Higher up on the hill above the park is the remains of an old Shinto temple. It was worth the walk up not just to see the remains of the temple, but because the view from up there was awesome.
Across from the park is the Teapot Mountain (茶壺山). Can you see where it got its name in the photo above?
Driving back to Keelung there were more wonderful views along the coast. I hope to return to this area again very soon and spend more time here. There is a lot to see and appreciate.