Jinshan 金山 (sometimes Chin Shan, formerly known as Jinbaoli 金包里) is a small town and a district on Taiwan's northern coast, located very close to Wanli and Yehliou, as well as Keelung City. My wife and I decided to pay this nice little town a visit and explore its beautiful spots. Jinshan, literally Golden Mountain, is famous for various hot springs, as well as an old street named Jinbaoli Old Street 金包里老街 and a big cemetery a little bit north from the town called Chin Pao San 金寶山.
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It took us about 1h 30 min from Taipei Main Bus Station to Jinshan. There are several buses driving in that direction, the usual frequency on a Saturday is every 30 min a new bus. The ride is long, because the bus makes several stops along the way. It took nearly 30 min before we left Taipei and entered the highway near Xizhi. From there it's quite fast until the suburbs of Keelung, where it becomes slow again - the area is hilly and the roads are winding. Takes some time to reach Wanli. After that it just needs about 10min to reach Jinshan's central part.
Let me share some photos of Jinshan with you:
The Cihu Temple 慈護宮
The Jinbaoli Old Street 金包里老街
• To read my post about the Jinshan Old Street, click here>>
The Shueiwei Fishing Harbor 水尾漁港
• To read my post about the Shueiwei Harbor, click here>>
Jinshan Night Market 金山夜市
Jinshan is great for a small trip from Taipei. You could go to to Wanli and Yehliou in the morning and reserve an afternoon for Jinshan. You can enjoy good food, a nice scenery and a good bath in the nearby hot springs. The town is not as polished up as Wanli, but it has a certain charm. I'm looking forward to see more of Taiwan's northwestern coast.
[My TAIWAN TRAVEL page][All photos by MKL, 2012]