It was a short ride from Jiufen Old Street. We arrived right after snacking on tea eggs given to us by our wonderful driver, Joseph.
Traditional Chinese tea eggs. These are eggs infused with spices by boiling and is usually eaten as a snack.
NORTH OF TAIWAN
DAY 3, PART 3 – YEHLIU, JIUFEN, PINGXI
To be honest, part of me wanted to skip this part of our trip. I was too excited to attend the Pingxi sky lantern festival. I wanted to arrive there early, but Joseph wanted us to see this and told us that entrance to the museum is free. Plus Pingxi is already nearby.
Off we went to the Jinguashi Gold Ecological Museum. The place is huge. So much stuff to see but we went straight up to the museum.
There’s a bit of an upward trek, several pathways and stairs that lead to the museum. If you have time, you can stop by the old Japanese houses where you can see how the Japanese lived during the mining days. There’s also a prince chatelet built for prince Hirohito of Japan and a Japanese Shinto temple. You really can feel the presence of the Japanese in this park.
Taking photos and having fun on the way to the museum.
The tracks you see are the original tracks leading to the gold mines.
Playing with the old mining carts.
Steps lined with red lanterns. Told you it was quite a trek.
The museum will take you on a journey on how the Japanese discovered gold, how they build the mining system, the equipment that they use and sadly how they built manpower to run their mines. There was a wall depicting a scenario of the whole mining plan.
Gold accessories that were crafted then.
To really prove that Jiufen was abundant in gold, at the end of the museum you will find a 220kg gold ingot. It is encased in a glass showcase with two holes on both sides where visitors can get a feel of the gold bar.
Outside the museum are two other activities that gives you a mining experience. One will take you inside the mining cave where you will walk around to get a feel of the place (cost NT 50). Another tour teaches you how to separate and collect gold (NT 120). You will be given a little jar to take home as souvenir what you’ve collected. I really wish I was able to do those activities, but unfortunately we were running out of time.
On the way to Pingxi you will pass by two other famous places found in the area.
One is The Golden Waterfall. We found a newlywed couple having a photoshoot there.
View of the Yin Yang river from inside the car. They have a viewing deck somewhere along the road in case you want to go down and take a better look.
Another great spot to take photos that’s also in the area is the Shifen Waterfall. We decided not to go there anymore as we were all in a hurry to catch the first batch for the releasing of the lanterns.
It’s another hour ride from here to Pingxi. We will celebrate the lantern festival with the whole of Taiwan. I’m so excited, can’t wait!
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