One Day Tour: Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen Old Street, Shifen - Taiwan

Taiwan has many attractions not far from Taipei. You can have one day trip using public transportation or buying tour. I bought one day tour because it was convenient. I could travel to many sightseeing spots within one day. Some tours provides english guide / chinese guide. Firstly, I compared one day tour of Klook and KKday and I chose KKday because of itinerary. 


Northern Taiwan Shared Day Tour: Yehliu, Jiufen & Shifen

Language: Chinese

Booking confirmed within 1 working day(s)

Free cancellation 4 day(s) prior to experience date

Duration: 10 hours

Day Tour: Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen

Itinerary

- Yeliu Geopark (70 minutes)

- Yin Yang Sea/ Golden Waterfall/Remains of the 13 Levels (20-min visit)

- Golden Waterfall

- Remains of the 13 Levels

- Jiufen Old Street (2-hr visit, lunch at travelers' own expense)

Shifen Waterfall (1-hr visit)

Shifen Station (1.5-hr visit, travelers may release sky lanterns at their own expense)

- 16:30 Return to the departure point or the pre-agreed drop-off location

Includes

Driver/tour guide service fee

Transfer service

Travel liability insurance (NT$2 million) and medical insurance (NT$200,000)


Meeting Point:  Taipei Main Station (West Gate 3) or free pick up areas are  Zhongshan District/Datong District/Zhongzheng District//Wanhua District/Xinyi District/Daan District

Surcharge Area: Shilin District (excluding the mountain areas)/Songshan District/Beitou District/Neihu District/Nangang District/Wenshan District/Tamsui District

Drop-off: 6:00 pm at the departure point or an MRT station

Minimum of 4 people are required to book tour. If total number of travelers do not match the minimum requirement for this trip, the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a notification e-mail 1 day(s) prior to departure



This day tour is available everyday including weekdays. You can buy tour on website and do not forget about the promotion code (credit card or application discount 5%). You should indicate that you have Line / Whatsapp or other application for communication with company. I have Line account so I indicated my LINE ID. If the hotel is in the free pickup area, you can inform the hotel address. After make payment, the voucher will be sent to email. This tour is chinese language but don't worry if you cannot speak chinese, you can use translator application. No guide, only chauffeur will take you to attractions.

Few days later, the travel agent send me a message for booking comfirmation on KKDAY website and email and told me to add their LINE ID. I added their LINE ID and informed my booking ID. If any detail is not right, you can tell them via LINE as well.

One day before departure date, the travel agent created LINE group for my day tour. They informed the number of passengers and meeting time. There were 8 passengers (included me) in my group. The messages were in chinese and english. I stayed in Daan District and the chauffeur picked me for the last group (8:00 a.m.). The car was MPV for 7-9 passengers. 
The driver kept me informed the pick up time so I must always checked the message.

Unfortunately, it was rainy day. I took an umbrella and jacket. 
First stop was Yeliu Geopark (stops 70 minutes). I arrived Yehliu Geopark at 9 a.m. The admission fee was not included so I bought the ticket at the entrance (NT120). You can also buy the ticket via online (Klook / KKDAY). It was rainy day so merchants sold the raincoat at the entrance (NT100). If you like collecting stamp, do not forget to bring your stamp book.  

Yehliu Geopark




Entrance Fee: NT120
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

For more information about Yehliu Geopark and public transportation, click here.


Not far from Yehliu Geopark, I arrived Yin Yang Sea. You can see the two colors (blue and yellow) of the sea but it was rainy day so my expectation and the reality picture was different.




After took photo of Yin Yang Sea, turned back and I could see Remains of the 13 Levels (a former smelter plant in New Taipei).




Next destination was Golden Waterfall. It was only 1 km. from Yin Yang Sea.
The chauffeur helped passengers took photo and he also took photo group.


I went ahead to Jiufen Old Street. Chauffuer sent me a map of Jiufen Old Street. He pointed out the walking way and where the meeting point was. Followed the red line and walked down to bus stop (bound for Ruifang / Taipei / Keelung and waited near the taxi parking on the right side. 


While I was waiting at meeting point, I saw the taxi fares board.

Taxi fares for fixed routes in Ruifang area (effective from 1st April 2023)

Start / End Location: Ruifang Train Station

To Jiufen:                NT220
To Jingguashi:       NT 285
To Shifenliao:         NT560
To Shuangxi:          NT695

I had lunch in Jiufen. Xiaolongbao was NT$120. Jiufen has many staircases and narrow so it may not be suit for you if you have elderly and kids. There are a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops along the way.


A-MEI Tea House, the famous teahouse and one of attractions in Jiufen.




I arrived the meeting point before the time so I walked to Visitor Information Center (has toilets). You could also collect the stamp here. 


When all passengers arrived, went to Shifen Waterfall. The waterfall was beautiful but  some areas had staircases to climb. No entrance fee.


The last stop was Shifen Station. Shifen was popular destination for sky lantern. You can choose the lantern of color. Price was NT$ 200- NT250. There were many shops for sky lantern (more than souvenir shop and restaurants). 



It was 16:30 and time for back to Taipei. Chauffeur sent everyone to Ximending. I asked him to send me back to hotel but could not. I arrived Ximending at 18:00 so I could go for shopping. Tips to driver were not compulsory but I gave him. 

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