December 24, 2015

2147 TAIWAN - Jiufen

Jiufen (also spelled Jioufen or Chiufen; literally: "nine portions") is a mountain area in the Ruifang District of  New Taipei City near Keelung. 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. In 1890, workmen discovered flakes of gold while constructing the new Taipeh-Kelung railway, and in 1893 a rich placer district was discovered in the hills of Kau-hun.

The resulting gold rush hastened the village's development into a town, and reached its peak during the  Japanese era. Many present features of Jiufen reflect the era under Japanese colonization, with many Japanese inns surviving to this day. During WWII, a POW camp named Kinkaseki was set up in the village, holding Allied soldiers captured in Singapore. Gold mining activities declined after WW II, and the mine was shut off in 1971. At present, it is a renowned tourist attraction representative of Taiwan.

About the stamps 
The last stamp is part of the series Chinese Classic Novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms", designed by Lin Hsing-hsiung and issued on April 29, 2010.
• Shooting An Arrow at the Halberd beside the Gate of the Camp (3.50 TWD)
• Commenting on Heroes over Wine (3.50 TWD)
• Zhou Yu’s Anger at Being Tricked by Zhuge Liang Three Times (5.00 TWD)
• Holding Meng Huo Captive Seven Times (20.00 TWD) - It's on the postcard

The first two stamps are parte of the series Children at Play, designed by I-wei Huang and issued by April 2, 2013:
• Carrying Lanterns (5.00 TWD) - It's on the postcard
• Flying Paper Airplanes (5.00 TWD)
• Playing with a Pinwheel (5.00 TWD) - It's on the postcard
• Spinning Tops (5.00 TWD)
• Playing with Hand Puppets (5.00 TWD)

Jiufen - Wikipedia

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Jiufen (Taiwan), on 06.12.2012
Photo: Ronson Chen  

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