Jin in Chinese means "gold."
The name Jin-shan evolved from a Taiwanese Plains Aboriginal Settlement "Jin-bao-li," which doesn't pertain to gold.
Though there is no gold in Jin-shan, it attracts tourists bringing cash.
In Jin-shan, there are hot springs. There are also Shui-wei Fishing Port and coastal trails facing Yeh-liu across a distance.
Jin-shan Old Street
If you want to eat some authentic Taiwanese dishes when coming down from Yangmingshan, taking a trip to Jin-shan Old Street will not be disappointing.
Jin-shan Old Street runs parallelly to Highway 2. You can find it by following the signs along the way.
The old street, which is a small alley with an approximated length of 200 meters from front to back, centers on Guang-an Temple.
The alley is very bustling despite being so narrow.
Located at the Guang-an Temple, Jin-shan Duck Meat used to be a food stand with no storefronts.
The business eventually grew bigger and bigger, and the number of dining areas expanded one by one.
The dining crowds are like an engine, driving the entire old street economy and giving testament to the rise of the North Coast tourism industry.
The dishes fresh from the kitchen are put on the table by the temple front, making them perhaps the most distinguishing feature of this duck meat stand. Take whatever dishes you like to eat.
Once you are done choosing your dishes, take a short walk to carry them to the dining area. There's no need to pay in advance.
Also situated on the old street, the dining areas are very close to the duck meat stand. Once you see townhouses with numbers, find an empty table to dine inside.
After enjoying your feast, the staff in the dining area will bring the check for you.
The duck meat is right by the table. Just tell the chef if you want a halved chicken, quartered chicken or a specific part, and he'll make it for you.
The must-order dishes here are Duck Meat, Stir-fried Noodles and Braised Bamboo Shoot. They are all local food items.
After you are done, take a stroll around the old street to kick-start digestion. If you have an appetite for more food, getting some Taiwanese desserts or snacks doesn't sound too bad!