10 November 2018

The golden waters of Jinguashi mining area

Today's weather isn't good, it's rainy since the morning. I hope this doesn't destroy our trip. I chosen 6 places to go: Golden Waterfall, Remains of 13 Levels, Yin Yang Sea, Elephant Trunk Rock, Helping Island Park and the Fairy Cave and Buddha's Hand Cave
It's our second time to visit Golden Waterfall and Remains of 13 Levels. This time we don't travel alone, a nice Slovakia guy join us. I don't often have a chance to meet other foreigners so it's pretty nice. I hope this trip was really interesting for him.

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golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan

The special golden color of water can be seen at Golden Waterfall (黃金瀑布). Due to rich rainfalls the minerals are washed out of stones and yellow water falls into the river and then into the sea. The waterfall's color isn't the result of mining but existed long before the mining period. Color of this waterfall is nature and caused by heavy metals in the ground. The water has beautiful golden color in the sunshine but touching it isn't good due to its toxicity. Golden Waterfall is not so big, but it's a really beautiful place to visit. Going anywhere near water is not allowed, same as taking the ground away from this area.

See also: Jiufen

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From this place you can also take a look at Yin Yang Sea (陰陽海)
Located in Northern Coast the Yin Yang Sea is definitely a special landscape. The name was taken from contrast between yellowish-brown water and the natural blue color of the sea. 
In the beginning people used to think the water's yellow color is due to pollution from Taijin Company. This copper company stopped few years ago, but the sea colors remains the same. This mysterious color of sea was explained by geological studies.

The Yinyanghai (Yin Yang Sea) is formed naturally due to high level of minerals. Because of gold and copper deposits, the Jinguashi area is rich in iron, copper and pyrite. Underground water takes color from minerals. After a large amount of water is discharged into the sea, you can see this yellow color on the top of water. The yellowish-brown color of water doesn't stay very deep.

golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan
golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan
golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan


Near this place you can also see the Remains of the Thirteen Levels (十三層遺址which is also called a Shuinandong Smelter (水湳洞精煉廠). Its a Japanese era copper smelting refinery which is now one of abandoned places in Taiwan.
The Shuinanong Smelter was build in 1933 and worked by war prisoners during Japanese occupation. It was the biggest in Asia at that time.
This area was rich in gold and copper. Output began to decline in 1970s and the place became abandoned. 
The Smelter construction is built on a hillside and actually has 18 levels. This place also has one of world's longest concrete pipeline ventilation system. The length is more than 1000 meters.


golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan

golden waterfall yin yang sea remains of 13 levels ruifang new taipei taiwan


Address:
1. Golden Waterfall, Jinshui Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224
2. Yin and Yang Sea, 濓新里 Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224
3. 224, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, 水湳洞選煉廠遺址

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