It was more than a year since my last visit to Jinguashi (金瓜石) so I went back again today to have another look around. It was bright and sunny when I left Taipei, but not long after arriving in Jinguashi there was a shower of rain. Luckily it didn't last long and the sun breaking through the clouds made the atmosphere and scenery all the more beautiful.
I spent some time checking out the various parts of the Gold Ecological Museum (黃金博物園區). The museum seeks to preserve the history of the mining industry in the area. It also contains some beautifully restored Japanese wooden houses. The highlight being the Crown Prince Chalet.
The wooden police station is very impressive.
As well as two museums which explain the history and environment of Jinguashi there is also the Benshan Fifth Tunnel. Here the public can go in one of the old mine tunnels. Unfortunately it was closed by the time I got to this part.
I also visited the Kinkaseki POW Memorial. The Memorial is dedicated to the 1,000 Allied soldiers who were prisoners of war of the Japanese during WWII. You can read more about this part of Taiwanese history at www.powtaiwan.org.
There is a lot of interesting history to learn about in Jinguashi. The scenery with the spectacular mountains and remnants of the old mines by the sea really is amazing.
*more photos in the Jinguashi set at flickr.