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Visiting Jinguashi (金瓜石) in Taipei

Visiting Jinguashi (金瓜石) in Taipei
Jinguashi

Jinguashi

Jinguashi(金瓜石) is a town in Taipei County, Taiwan, notable for its historic gold and copper mines. It also knows as Kinkaseki in Japanese.

Although the minerals have since been depleted, the town still attracts many visitors to its Gold Ecological Park, which opened in October 2004. Jinguashi was named a potential World Heritage site in 2002.

To get there, you can take a train from Taipei Main Station (台北車站) to Rueifang Station (瑞芳). After alighting from the train, walk about 2 minutes to the main road directly in front of the station; cross the road; and board one of the bus heading towards Jinguashi. If you are carrying heavy luggages, you may want to deposit them at the train station for a small fee (Rachel and I found that extremely helpful).

Here are some photos taken during our trip last year.

Creepy miner uncle who greeted us at the entrance

Creepy miner uncle who greeted us at the entrance

A mangy dog greeted us too

A mangy dog greeted us too

Lets head to the mines!

Let’s head to the mines!

Some dug out mineral rocks

Some dug out mineral rocks

Jinguashi police station

Jinguashi police station

Jinguashi is located on a hill top

Jinguashi is located on a hill top

The fresh air makes Rachel happy

The fresh air makes Rachel happy

The flowers are happy too

The flowers are happy too

Train tracks spotted

Train tracks spotted

Bridge spotted

Bridge spotted

nice leaves

nice leaves

nice flower and butterfly

nice flower and butterfly

Holiday villa for the Japanese prince last time

Holiday villa for the Japanese prince last time

Theres two!

There’s two!

Close-up of the villa - very nice hor?

Close-up of the villa – very nice hor?

Rachel wishes she owns a villa like this

Rachel wishes she owns a villa like this

Still daydreaming about her villa

Still daydreaming about her villa

Free chops for happy people

Free chops for happy people

cheery noticeboard

cheery noticeboard

Free tea satchels fresheners

Free tea satchels fresheners

preserved Japanese residential

preserved Japanese residential

inside the residence

inside the residence

yellow helmets for kids; white for adults

yellow helmets for kids; white for adults

Wax man miner

Wax man miner

Alvin the Gold Miner

Alvin the Gold Miner

Rachel the Gold Miner

Rachel the Gold Miner

Foremen briefing all of us

Foremen briefing all of us

Monday blues

Monday blues

Deeper into the mine

Deeper into the mine

Can tell she dont really like the job

Can tell she don’t really like the job

A colleague whos scare of loud noises

A colleague who’s scare of loud noises

Our two lazy colleagues, Ah Beng and Ah Seng chao kenging

Our two lazy colleagues, Ah Beng and Ah Seng chao kenging

Our hardworking colleagues, Ah Huat and Ah Chye keeping themselves busy

Our hardworking colleagues, Ah Huat and Ah Chye keeping themselves busy

Money very hard to earn...

Money very hard to earn…

Rusty old transportation tram

Rusty old transportation tram

I refuse to work OT!

“I refuse to work OT!”

Our colleague got caught stealing from the mine

Our colleague got caught stealing from the mine

Firewood

Mined rocks

Some pump or engine

Some pump or engine

Going into the Gold Museum

Going into the Gold Museum

they are figurines in the museum)

Hobbits mining (kidding: they are figurines in the museum)

More hobbits

More hobbits

Wheres Frodo?

Where’s Frodo?

Real giant gold bar that weighs a ton

Real giant gold bar that weighs a ton

Rachel and I are typical Singaporeans - everything must touch!

Rachel and I are typical Singaporeans – everything must touch!

Nice ancient gold plate

Nice ancient gold plate

WW2 POWs sent to work at the mines

WW2 POWs sent to work at the mines

At the end of the day, despite the sweltering hot weather, Rachel and I quite enjoyed ourselves at Jinguashi. We learn a fair bit about the gold mine’s history and the crappy working conditions early gold miners have to endure. 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. vsbee

    I am going Taiwan soon! Any places to recommend us to go to? xD

    Reply
  2. Welles

    Wow! real great lifestyle!

    Reply
  3. Tisu Girl

    Oh, so I see this was what we missed. Was at Rui Fang and Jiu Feng last mth but din hv enuf time to go visit Jinguashi.

    Reply

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