Head to the quaint town of Jiufen, just an hour’s trip east of Taipei, and indulge in authentic tea with classic Taiwanese pastries, while soaking in a relaxing view of the pristine Keelung Mountain. To get a feel of old Jiufen, go to Jishan Street and hang out at the Shan Cheng Creation House. There are pottery artworks on the first and second floor that reflect the aesthetics of Shan Cheng's artist hosts Hu Zongxian and his wife Guo Qingrong. You'll even be greeted by a cute and chubby cat named Black Nose as you enter the house! Most of the staff can converse in Chinese and in basic Japanese so you can be assisted properly. Request for a window seat at the third floor to get unparalleled views. You will be served a standard tea set that includes a pot of either oriental beauty or high mountain oolong tea plus yummy local snacks like dried mango, tea mochi, and tea plum. You even get a discount if you want to buy lucky-fortune cat pottery or handmade tea cups and pots!