Jin Gua Shi Old Mines, Taipei
Visiting the Four-Joined Japanese-Style Residences is to experience the remaining Japanese living art and the unique architectural Japanese building. It was a dormitory for high level Japanese company employees. The existing space has been turned into a display and living art experience space.
You need to wait for your turn to enter the building and participate the Living Art Experience Workshop. The workshop will first invited you to watch a documentary of the history and construction work of this building. Then, a lady guide will tour you the building from one room to another.
Crown Prince Chalet in Jinguashi is one of the finest surviving wooded Japanese buildings in Taiwan. It was built in 1922 by Tanaka Mining Co to host the Crown Prince (late Emperor Hirohito) during his visit to inspect the mining industry in the area.
It was considered a luxurious building in Japanese society at that time with the mix of Western design features, which was popular at that time. It has a beautiful Japanese garden surrounded the house and a miniature golf course and an archery field. This could be one of the sites you could feel like you are visiting Japan.
Jinguashi is a hill town in Ruifang District, New Taipei City. It is located at the end of the winding narrow road connects with Ruifang Railway station and Jiufen Old Town. The main attraction of Jinguashi is " the Gold Ecological Park ". I did not title this review as the Gold Ecological Park because it was unknown to most people. So, I refer this park as Jinguashi.
When we arrived at the park entrance, first we saw the Tourist Information Center. The Tourist Information Center Building was a facility of a Taiwan Motor Co. Then, we saw the Four-Joined Japanese Style Residences. The residence was the dormitory for high level Japanese company employees.
It is followed by the Gold Refining Building, a guest house during the Japanese colony. It is a museum showing the history of gold mining in Taiwan.
Next to the Gold Refining Building is the Environmental Education Building. It was the dining hall of the Taiwan Metals Mining company. Currently, it is a small museum to showcase the geology, environment, climate, plants, and characteristics of its settlements using multi-media interactive films, and mineral displays.
We continued the walk to the Crown Prince Chalet. It is the most attractive attraction in the park. It was the guesthouse for the Crown Prince (later Emperor Hirohito) during his visit to inspect the mining industry in Jinguashi area.
Other attractions including Benshan Fifth Tunnel and Gold Building, which we missed during our visit. It requires a bit of a walk to the hill to visit both sites.
Opening Hours: Weekday (9:30 - 17:00)
Weekends and Public Holiday (9:30 - 18:00)
Closed: Closed on the first Monday of every month (Tuesday or the day after the holiday ends if Monday is or is part of a national holiday) Chinese New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and election days.
Free tour guide tour is available:
Weekday ~ 10:00, 14:00; 15:00
Weekday & Public Holiday ~ 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
GinGuaShi was one of the gold mine in Taiwan anout 100 years ago. Now it represents the properity of old days...
Here you can see Crown Prince Hotel since Taiwan was a colony of Japan. And you can see some history of Taipei.
Also, please do pay a visit to Gold Temple ( Huan Gin Shen She ), there, you can see Pacific Ocean and Tea-pot Mountain.
For personal reason that I like the place, I spent 3 years here for my junior high education. Memories stroke my mind, while I was visiting there. Time pass so fast.
There are a "Gold" Musuem for you to visit. And pretty park for walk. Nice view + nice weather, windy, coolling.. nice to walk around.