Stepping off the bus into the bussle of Jiufen is much like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia. The fantasy begins with the clash of two different worlds; new and old. Shops selling hand crafted trinkets are among those selling candies and electronics. You can walk for half a mile underneath awnings sheltering you from the tropical, seaside climate which brings constant drizzle. Since I was with my friends who are locals, I had the delight of trying some iced vegetable dish which they called dessert. It included yams and beans among other thing, chilled in ice. Incredibly strange.