[ North Taiwan’s Mining Legacy ] JinGuaShi JiuFen Day Trip Part 1 金瓜石X九份一日遊之一

[ North Taiwan’s Mining Legacy ] JinGuaShi JiuFen Day Trip Part 1 金瓜石X九份一日遊之一

Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip Tips:

  • Transportation from Taipei by bus: No. 1062, starting at MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing station
  • Not recommended going to JiuFen by car: hard to park!
  • Warning: a lot of people will be taking the bus out of JiuFen in the afternoon! Recommend first visit JiuFen then JingQuaShi, so you could take the first stop of No. 1062 and get seats!

Background

At one Taipei friend visit I decided to do a Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip. Previously I have rode through them via bike on a rainy day, and the view was not great. This time the weather was nice, and thus I expected to get some nice pictures.

We took Bus No. 1062 from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing station, first visiting JingGuaShi (金瓜石) starting near the Chuen Ji Hall temple (勸濟堂).

(Although later I felt it’s better to visit JiuFen first then JingGuaShi, as it was very hard to get on to No. 1062 back to Taipei at JiuFen in late afternoon!!!)

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Great mountain view on a great weather day!

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JingGuaShi was formerly an important mining area during Qing and Japanese Occupation era, producing gold and copper ore. Thus throughout this area you could see many old mining ruins.

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Old mining cars.

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Chuen Ji Hall temple (勸濟堂).

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JingQuaShi sign.

JingGuaShi Ruins

Our first stop of Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip was an mining cable car station ruin. Great views here to Taiwan’s northern shore view.

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If you look closely the near-shore sea color was yellow and blue, called “YinYang Sea”. This was due to the local mineral-rich water going into the sea.

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The mining cable car ruin.

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Then we moved upward to a viewing platform. Here I tested my first DJI drone and had a small crash due to strong shore wind ;-(

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If you look closely at the hill there was an old mining chimney pipe. The pipe was used to transport (toxic) mining steams upward to the mountains!

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Nearby there was a hiking trail head to a local hill top. The hill top was a rock shaped like a Chinese teapot, hence the hill was called “teapot mountain”.

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Teapot mountain trail head.

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Having enough of the great JingGuaShi views we headed toward the local gold museum, a museum which formerly was the local mining facilities.

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Going toward local roads.

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JingGuaShi Gold Museum

Our second focus of Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip was the JingGuaShi Gold Museum. Usually you reach the museum as a one of No. 1062’s bus stop, starting from the museum’s plaza. We went from the back side and directly to the main museum building.

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Cool hills at the background.

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The main museum building.

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Old waterway?

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Old mine. We would go in later.

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Inside the museum.

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Illustration of old illegal private miners.

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The main display of the gold museum: a 220kg 99.99% gold brick.

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A Memorial for 2nd world war prisoners. During that time JingGuaShi was also the location of Japanese’s war prisoner concentration camp.

Gold Museum’s Mining Tunnel

The 3rd highlight of Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip was the mining tunnel self tour. Here you had to pay extra fee to enter but it was worth it.

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The tour started from a short introduction of the mining tunnel.

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Tunnel main entrance: it was called “Benshan Fifth Tunnel” (本山五坑).

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Looking at the gold museum building next to the tunnel entrance.

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A small ascend in the tunnel.

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Interesting tunnel wall color. Not sure this was from the minerals or from the fungi.

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Illustration of mine blasting.

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Resting area.

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Worker check for gold smuggling.

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Old Japanese Shrine Ruin

The last JingGuaShi highlight of our Jinguashi JiuFen Day Trip was the Japanese shrine ruin. Here a small climb up the hill was needed to reach the shrine ruin location.

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Trail head to the shrine ruin. It was not far away from the tunnel exit.

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Teapot mountain.

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Old Japanese shrine stone lanterns.

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Old well.

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Entrance to the shrine.

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Shrine’s Torii.

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Seeing Teapot mountain again.

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Great JingGuaShi view from here.

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Some random offering.

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Heading back down.

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After returning back to the gold museum, we headed toward the official entrance and took the bus to JiuFen.

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The main museum plaza.

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Old Japanese styled dormitory converted to a local police station.

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The official gold museum entrance. We took the bus here.

Continue to Part 2…

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