Jinguashi 13 Ruins
Jinguashi 13 Ruins
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Neighbourhood: Ruifan District
With its air of historical heritage, Shuijinjiu (ShueiNanDong, Jingguashi, Jiufen) used to be prosperous and glamorous due to mining. Although its magnificent semblance no longer exists, the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere has persisted. With a wave to the age of the gold rush, one can still see a glimpse of its glorious past through the Golden Waterfall. Gazing at the ShueiNanDong Remains of the 13 Levels, it is like a beautiful palace that was deserted, earning it the name of “Potala Palace of the Mountain Mines”. Probing forward to the mouth of the river is the considerably distinguished Yinyang Sea, with its half gold half bluish green spectacle inspiring countless imaginations of romance. Walking along the streets of the meandering old streets of Jiufen and tasting the various kinds of authentic eateries is the love of tourists. Stepping into the Golden Museum, one can glimpse the historical traces of the mining industry culture, reminiscing of past glories from its museum, living quarters, and shrine remains. The unassuming mountain city of Houtong used to be a mining village. With the call of cat lovers, volunteer groups were established to create a friendly environment for cats and turned Houtong into a cat village for cat lovers.
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Choonfong Lee
Johor Bahru, Malaysia442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Jinguashi located on a hillslope consists of a large Potala-like building from the gold-mining days. At light, it lights up giving it a majestic look. Nearby are the famous golden waterfalls with roads leading up to the Old Street shopping alleys of Jiufen. Not to be missed during your trip to this northeastern part of Taiwan.
Written 27 December 2019
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Francois R
South Africa32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
If you are into the beauty of ruins, it’s a place not to be missed. Offers great views of the Ying Yang Sea. There are roads at the back of it giving different perspectives of this place.
Written 5 February 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
If you like ‘modern’ ruins and a post apocalyptic landscape, this is for you! Unfortunately the ruins are off limits (lots of fencing) to explore, but if you are walking along the winding roads there are many places to get close enough to the crumbling structures. When the light of day is right there will be countless excellent photo opportunities. The sheer size of the structures is almost incomprehensible.
Written 8 April 2018
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Aleksandra U
Taipei, Taiwan23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
The old mine buildings are very impressive although now it is a ruin. I hired a taxi to take me to Jiufen and on my way we stopped there. You have a great ocean view from the top of the mine main hall and this is where the taxi driver wanted to take me first but I insisted on taking pictures from the bottom because the 13 steps, which are actually 18, look really impressive. From the top you can see the bay polluted by the residue from mineworks that the locals call the Yin-Yang Sea, because of the dark and bright contrast, the beautiful surrounding mountains and what really impressed me most - long tubes of pipes that were used to bring the fumes from the mine to the other side of the mountain on which the mine was located. They look just like long black boa snakes entangling the site. It is a cool looking place that surprised me with its majesty.
Written 3 January 2017
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It is right on the opposite side of the Ying yang sea. It is a photo stop for me as I didnt make it to the ruins proper. I am not sure if you can hike up to the place though.
Written 28 November 2022
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Ginger
Singapore, Singapore305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our guide drove us there. Its great to take pic overlooking the yinyang sea and able to have to view of the sea.
Written 20 December 2019
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Travellover6128
San Francisco, CA2,969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
If you like history or photographing old buildings then a visit here is worthwhile. Our guide took us to various locations around the ruins. Pictures from the top of the hill looking down are amazing.
Written 17 April 2018
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Eugene H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
It rained and I arrived late. However, I had a great experience in the quite place. I saw a great picture with hundreds of lighting from the fish boats and the road lighting. The houses emitted soft and lighting, too. The water from golden waterfall was running through the bridge. It was very beautiful.
Written 3 November 2017
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Carlo L
Dunedin, New Zealand763 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Friends
The mere size of the place tells you outright that this place used to be of much significance. The ruins are what's left behind by a gold and copper giant of Taiwan's past. The black lines snaking up from the complex to the mountains remind us of the extent of it's operations and is actually the longest one in Taiwan. The area around here still tell us of the abundance around with the nearby falls and the waters close to the shore bearing a gold hint.
Written 12 June 2017
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is an old refinery in this old mining area which is no longer in use. I like the fact that it has the mountain as its backdrop.
Written 17 April 2017
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