A seaside mountain area near Taipei, Jiufen is bustling neighborhood known for its narrow streets, food stalls & sweeping views of the mountains & sea. Jiufen was also the real-world inspirations for Studio Ghibli's blockbuster movie, Spirited Away. Today Jiufen is a popular day-trip destination for visitors of Taipei and some of them even stay overnight in one of the Jiufen's inns and B&Bs for a true local experience.
During the first years of the Qing Dynasty, the isolated village housed nine families, thus the village would request "nine portions" every time shipments arrived from town. That was how Jiufen (Jiu means nine and fen means portion) became the name of the village.