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
A mangy dog greeted us too
Let’s head to the mines!
Some dug out mineral rocks
Jinguashi police station
Jinguashi is located on a hill top
The fresh air makes Rachel happy
The flowers are happy too
Train tracks spotted
nice flower and butterfly
Holiday villa for the Japanese prince last time
Close-up of the villa – very nice hor?
Rachel wishes she owns a villa like this
Still daydreaming about her villa
Free chops for happy people
Free tea satchels fresheners
preserved Japanese residential
inside the residence
yellow helmets for kids; white for adults
Wax man miner
Alvin the Gold Miner
Rachel the Gold Miner
Foremen briefing all of us
Deeper into the mine
Can tell she don’t really like the job
A colleague who’s scare of loud noises
Our two lazy colleagues, Ah Beng and Ah Seng chao kenging
Our hardworking colleagues, Ah Huat and Ah Chye keeping themselves busy
Money very hard to earn…
Rusty old transportation tram
“I refuse to work OT!”
Our colleague got caught stealing from the mine
Some pump or engine
Going into the Gold Museum
Hobbits mining (kidding: they are figurines in the museum)
Real giant gold bar that weighs a ton
Rachel and I are typical Singaporeans – everything must touch!
Nice ancient gold plate
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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