Gold Ecological Park

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Jinguashi, Taiwan

Gold Ecological Park Jinguashi Reviews

davejo davejo
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Try and take home the $10,000,000 gold bar Feb 10, 2017
I found that the Gold Ecological Park was an excellent place to visit and you could easily spend a half day there. Here are some of the things i saw.

Where you get off the bus at the Gold Ecological Park there is a board which has a map of Jinguashi on it. If you are able take a photograph of this map so you don't get lost while wandering around the town. there are many roads on the mountainside and it is useful to refer to as i did not see any other maps on my walk in the town. There are several signs pointing to various places but some may be lacking in my opinion. I would probably have been lost without this map.

I think the only reason that visitors come to Jinguashi is to visit the Gold Ecological Park, although there are several other attractions to see while you are there. The bus stops right outside the gate of the park and within 50 meters you will come to the ticket office where you will pay 80 NT$ entrance fee which is well worth it. The park opened in 2004 and is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. There are a host of things to see in the park starting at the tourist office, then visit the renovated Japanese dormitories, Mike Kikujiro's residence, the gold refining building, Jin Shui Exhibition Hall, Glory Square, Jinguashi Crown Prince Chalet, Benshen No 5 Tunnel (an extra payment), the gold building, Gold Square and the Jinguashi Shinto Shrine. All this can easily take 4 hours.

Once inside the Gold Ecological Park you may take a guided tour of a renovated Japanese residency . Tours leave frequently with a limit on the number of people but i was there early and our tour consisted of only 15 people. When you are led into the building the first stop is to see a documentary about the building which is in Chinese with a few English subtitles. Afterwards the guide leads the visitors around the house where you can see how it was all those years ago, visiting the living room, dining room, bedrooms, kitchen and toilets. Unfortunately the tour guide only spoke Chinese but it was easy to see what she was pointing at.

Throughout the park there are plenty of photographic opportunities, including posing by the old or imitation mining carts that were used to transport the rocks out of the mine before being checked, and washed for gold. There were many small tracks that led into the hillside where the gold was mined., and brought out by the carts

Don't forget to take a look at the Crown Prince Chalet, the house where Emperor Hirohito would have stayed if he ever bothered to visit. . You are not allowed to enter the chalet but you can easily see inside the rooms which are traditional Japanese style. You cannot encircle the house as it is roped off, you can only visit the front of it. In the grounds there is a beautiful garden with a pond and a great view of the surrounding hillside.

Nobody really knows when the chalet was built as it is not recorded anywhere but it was possibly built in the 1920's during the Japanese Occupation Period. Others say that the Tanaka Mining Company (1918-25) specifically built the chalet to welcome Emperor Hirohito although he never actually visited Jinguashi, but he sent messengers instead.

This is a legend from the gold miners. Believe it or not---it is up to you.

The chubby gold carrying beats is a four legged animal that happen to be very tame, and the body is covered with coin like scales that gleam under the sun. They enjoy playing on the grassy hillsides and love to eat Q rock which is found deep under the ground where there are huge gold treasures waiting to be discovered. Not everyone sees the gold carrying beast but if you are lucky enough you may come across one, and possibly touch it or ride on his back . If you are lucky enough it will lead you to where the gold is located.

Just before you reach Glory Square you may like to visit the Golden Age Exhibition which is a small display of gold items and many informative posters about the gold mining days. Entrance is included with the ticket purchased to visit the park. I did not spend too long in here as i was eager to find the location of the 221 kg gold bar that most people come to see.

Glory Square is an area in the park where you can see a demonstration of how they sifted the gold and sorted it out from the dirt. There is a line of contraptions where workers would find the gold but i am afraid i cannot say much more as the young lady giving the demonstration only spoke Chinese. I guess it was called Glory Square as this was the end of the line where the gold was found.

I did not climb the hill to see the Shinto Shrine as it began to rain but the shrine was built in 1898 enshrining three gods of the Shinto religion, Okaninushino, Sarutahiko and Kanayamahiko. In 1936 the Taiwan Mining Company paid to reconstruct the shrine and in 2007 the shrine was declared a historical site due to its heritage . Since the war most of the buildings were destroyed and only the two Torii gates remain today. Walking towards Cyuanji Temple it was possible to catch a glimpse of the top of the Torii Gate.

It is also known as the Ogon Shrine or the Spirits of the Mountain Shrine.

At the Gold Ecological Park there are several air compressors that are displayed near the Benshan number 5 tunnel.These compressors were used to pump air into the mine through a labyrinth of pipes and air ducts. This would provide better quality air to the workers in the mine, and as well as pumping air to the main tunnel it also pumped it to the 4th, 5th and 6th tunnels. The compressors were 500 and 600 HP and if the pressure was not strong enough both compressors were used at the same time. The compressors were purchased by the Taiwan Metal Mining Company

One of the highlights of visiting the park is to come and see the biggest gold bar in the world but more about that in my next review. The museum is included in your park entrance fee and gives detailed history about the discovery of gold in the area, as well as small scale models of workers in the mine tunnels.

As many as 700 years ago there were accounts of the abundance of gold sand being harvested on the east coast of Taiwan where the natives were trading it, and Europeans referred to Taiwan as the Treasure Island of the East. In 1850 workers on the railroad found gold near Keelung which set off a gold rush . Gold prospectors came from all over and eventually found gold in the hills at what is now Jinguashi. In 1896 the Japanese announced the Taiwan Mining Rule which demarcated a north/south boundary line from the peak of Mount Keelung .Jinguashi was noted for its gold, copper and silver and quickly developed into a self sufficient mountain city. Following the ROC takeover of Taiwan the Taiwan Copper Mine Reconstruction Office was established in 1946, and in 1948 the Taiwan Metal Mining Company was formed, but in 1987 the company we

Everyone who visits the Gold Museum has their photograph taken with the biggest gold ingot in the world. This is the last thing you come to when visiting the museum and i guess if it was displayed like this in some other countries it would be long gone by now. The star attraction is the 220 kg bar of gold which you can touch by putting your hand through a hole in the display case. Apparently if you can lift it with one hand you can take it home. I was amazed that it was so small, considering it was 220 kgs, but i had a Japanese girl take my photo while touching the bar, just like the millions before me. The daily price of gold is displayed and the value that day is shown on a digital dis[play. The value the day i visited was an astounding 299,167,400 NT$ which is around US$ 10,000,000.
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davejo says:
Thanks Steven. It was a great place to visit and i have a lot more information about the area. I was a member of VT and trying to copy some of my recent reviews to TB before the site closes later this month. The review is really a collection of a few of my tips.
Posted on: Feb 11, 2017
docdotcalm24vt says:
Great detail on this museum David.
Posted on: Feb 11, 2017
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