New Taipei: Day Tour at Golden Waterfall, Yin Yang Sea and the Remains of the Thirteen Levels
After being educated and awed by nature in Yehliu Geopark and abandoned UFO village of Wanli, we went to another abandoned place and natural landmark, not far from our previous destination. The weather seemed uncooperative with continuous rains, but we still pushed through and enjoyed it.
YIN YANG SEA (陰陽海)
We arrived in a large parking area near the coast to see from the distance an abandoned smelter, the majestic Keelung mountain, and the Yin Yang Sea.
Derived from the natural concept of duality in the ancient Chinese principle, it is called the Yin Yang Sea. Here, the contrasting mix of turquoise blue and yellow colors can be seen. Its strange, natural appearance is due to the geographic location of Jinguashi. It has a large amount of ion particles that were not immediately dissolved by water, giving the sea a strange appearance.
Because of the gloomy weather, we were unable to witness this strange natural phenomenon, but it is still mesmerizing to watch.
REMAINS OF THE THIRTEEN LEVELS (十三層遺址)
Officially called the Shuinandong Smelter (水湳洞精炼厂), it is an old gold and copper smelting refinery, constructed here due to the large ore deposits that used to have in the vicinity.
It started operating during the Japanese occupation, with the POWs doing forced labor under harsh conditions. After the Second World War and Taiwan’s restoration, the national government established a bureau to continue operating the facility. The mining not only focused on gold but also silver and copper.
In the 1970s, resources started to deplete and the operator struggled with falling profit. Soon, the operator became bankrupt and the facility was left abandoned.
Now, this architecture standing on a mountain is just a memory of the mining industry that once thrived in Jinguashi.
GOLDEN WATERFALL (黃金瀑布)
After a short stopover in the parking lot, we went through the uphill road leading to a natural landmark that is waiting for us – the Golden Waterfall. It is located in Gold Ecological Park in Jinguashi.
It is named the Golden Waterfall for its goldlike-colored waters that flowed here. It is due to the high levels of heavy metal deposited here and is being brought downstream by the rainwaters from the mining area. The flowing of the gold-colored water contrasts with the green color of the surroundings.
The water is not safe for swimming due to the high toxicity levels, being near the nearby gold mining area. Nevertheless, it is so captivating to see that it is a popular destination for couples having their prenup pictorial. But even if you’re not a lover, you will surely be mesmerized when you visit here.
It is small and has no establishments standing here, aside from some vendors selling black peanuts, one of the native products here.
PART OF OUR TAIWAN GETAWAY
- NORTH COAST: Yehliu Geopark | Pingxi Sky Lantern | Shifen Waterfalls | Golden Waterfalls | Jiufen Old Street | Wanli Abandon UFO Houses
- TAIPEI: Ximendeng | Taipei 101 | Maokong Gondola | Elephant Mountain | Taipei Peace Park | Taipei Zoo | Chiang Kai Shek Memorial | Shilin Night Market | The Red House
- TAICHUNG: Zhongshe Flower Farm | Xinshe Castle | Rainbow Village | Gaomei Wetland Park