We have survived 1/6 of the year ~ where did all the time went to? February is always a short month, coupled with CNY holidays, it felt even shorter *not that I'm complaining, haha* After our visit to Jiufen, we headed over the Jinguashi, notable for its historic gold & copper mines. A visit to the Gold Ecological Park(which opened in 2004) is a must.
This park is located in the mountain town on Jinguashi & has rich historical, cultural and natural resources. It is also the first museum park in Taiwan created according to eco-museum ideas.
The map of the park ~ entrance fee is NT50/pax. The park is closed on the 1st Mondays of each month, unless it is a public holiday.
The "miners" @ work.
The places where u can visit within the park.
The view of the town, where houses were built on slopes.
Let's explore the park!
In the colonial era, employee dormitory buildings built by Japanese companies were in abundance, especially in Jinguashi. To adjust to the sloping terrain, all the Japanese houses are neatly arranged on the slope. There are 4 types of houses: detached single dwelling houses, semi-detached, joined houses (3-4 homes in one building) and long houses. House area and type differed according to the rank of the employee in the company. Four joined houses are now rare in Taiwan, which has now become a precious cultural asset.
Leecher standing outside Crown Prince's chalet.
The Tanaka Mining Corporation built the chalet in 1922 for the visit of Crown Prince Hirohito. The chateau was built in accordance with the prince's residence in Japan.
We headed over to Benshan 5th tunnel - for visitors to experience being in an actual mining tunnel.
The start of our experience, at the starting point of the tunnel.
Benshan Tunnel No. 5 power distribution center. The station mainly supplied power to Jinguashi area, distributing electricity to all corners of the park for their usage.
In cooperation with Taiwan Sugar Corp, the old Benshan Tunnel No. 5 was renovated and partly re-opened to the public for the tunnel experience.
Waxworks are used to show the process of ore extraction and how the miners worked in the olden days.
After the tunnel experience, we headed to the exhibition area.
The center piece of the exhibition area was this gigantic pure gold ingot (999.9 pure), weighing at a world record of 220kg. The value is of gold ingot is worth approx 12million USD.
And of course, we won't miss a chance touching it!
Gold Ecological Park22450 No. 8 Jinguang Road, Rueifang DistrictNew Taipei City, Taiwan ROCOpening hours: 9.30am till 5pm (Monday - Friday), 9.30am till 6pm (Sat & Sun)Closed on 1st Monday of every month