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Taiwan - Jiufen

Taiwan – In the heart of the city of Jiufen

Jiufen was once an important mining centre, especially for gold. Nowadays, this small village on a mountainside is one of the major tourist destinations in Taiwan. T he bus is speeding along. It shakes and makes a low sound when the driver shifts gears. The gearbox is probably not new anymore. The road is steep at times and the curves narrow, but the driver does not hesitate to overtake scooters on a road where two cars are hardly facing each other. The engine roars when it comes to climbing a hill. But this doesn't seem to worry the passengers, who are used to using the buses snaking through the mountains north of Taipei. All around the bus lies the forest. It's only been a few minutes since the bus left the gigantic city of Taipei and yet already an infinity…

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