July 3, 2010

The Gold Legend of Shuinandong

緊鄰著金瓜石下方的水湳洞,也是遊客到九份金瓜石遊玩時,不會錯過的好地方。這裡有個相當特別且美麗的地貌奇觀,叫做「黃金瀑布」。

Below the Jinguashi, Shuinandong is a great place to visit when you visit Jiufen Jinguashi. It has a very unique and beautiful landscape called the “Golden Waterfall”

金瓜石礦山的岩層外露,在雨水沖刷下,因氧化作用而形成了略帶黃色的酸礦水。閃耀著金光的瀑布,是攝影愛好者與婚紗攝影的熱門地點,無論何時到訪,總是可以見到人們在瀑布前拍照與取景。

Jinguashi mine rocks are exposed. Because of the rain erosion and the oxidation, it developed the slightly yellow acid mine water. It creates the golden shine on the waterfall which has become a wedding photography and photographers’ hot spot for photography. We can always see people taking photos in front of the waterfall.

瀑布下遊的溪水,也呈現了一片黃澄澄的色澤,相當美麗。不過,溪流中的富含硫砷對人體有害,來此的遊客請記得欣賞就好,可千萬別戲水。

The yellow color creek down below the water fall looks gorgeous, but it contains high arsenic, so please do not get into the water.

水湳洞景區內有一幢龐大壯觀的古銅色建築聳立在山頭上,這座珍貴的礦業遺跡,是昔日的製煉選礦廠。選礦廠依著山勢層層而建,因建有十三層,故當時的礦工與居民將它暱稱為「十三層」。

A large tan color building was built on the top of the mountain in the Shuinandong Scenic Area with a precious coal mine ruin site which used to be the Mine Selection Plant. The Mine Selection Plant was built along the hills and it has 13 stories. It used to be called “13 stories” by the miners and residents.

金瓜石的採礦工序大約分成四個過程。挖掘出來的礦石經過初步篩選,挑出價值高的礦石後,再運至選礦廠,進行一道道的精選程序。水湳洞的十三層選礦廠在當時規模及技術可以說是獨步國內,它可以說是金瓜石礦區中最具代表性的建築了。

The mining process can be divided into four steps. The excavated mine rocks had to be screened preliminary. The good quality mine rock would be sent to the Mine Selection Plant to be selected carefully again. The 13 Story Mine Selection Plant had the most advanced technology and became the most representative building in the Jinguashi mine area.

十三層遺址的後方,有著三條宛若巨蠎的黑色水泥長條建築盤距整個山頭,這是當年為了避免煉銅時所產生的廢煙污染而興建的排煙管。煉銅過程中所產生的廢煙,具有含砷量極高的有毒金屬物質,會對人體產生極大的侵害,排煙管的功能就是將廢氣排至山上無人之地,以防對當地居民與礦工造成致命傷害。

In the back of the 13 Story ruins, the three black giant snakes looking concrete pipes winding on the top of mountains. They were the exhaust pipes that were built to avoid pollution. The process of refining coopers could cause lots of smoke which contain high arsenic toxic metals and could damages on human body. These giant exhaust pipes diverted the exhaust up to the high mountain in order to avoid the toxic impact to the local residents and miners.

隨著十三層選礦廠的停工,排煙管也隨之廢棄,但依舊綿亙在翠綠山巒間,形成相當特殊的奇觀。這三條全長約二公里的廢煙道,堪稱世界上最長的煙囪,不過,煙道內部結構呈腐蝕現象並有多處斷裂,且仍然殘留著有毒物質,來此玩賞的遊客千萬避免入內活動,以免發生危險!

After the 13 Story Mine Selection Plant were closed and the pipes abandoned, they have become unique scenes around the mountains. The 2 kilometer long exhaust pipe is the world’s longest chimney. However, the internal structure has been eroded and broken, and the toxic materials still can be seen. Visitors are not allowed to go inside!

濱海公路旁水湳洞的濂洞灣內,海水呈現特殊的黃褐色,與正常的藍色海洋形成了奇異的對比,這就是著名的「陰陽海」奇觀。

The Liandong Bay of Shuinandong of the Coastal Highway, the sea color is the unique yellow brown color. It is totally different from the regular sea color; therefore, this is also known as” Yin-Yang Sea”.

陰陽海的形成眾說紛云,有人說是昔日採礦時期,被上方選礦廠所排放的廢水污染而形成的,也有相關學者研究報告指出,是因為金瓜石地區地底飽含礦產,在自然風化作用下而形成的。到底陰陽海成因為何,目前還沒有統一的答案。

註:拍照時為陰雨天,海面很混濁所以看不太清楚陰陽海,如果是在晴天來到這裡,就可以見到藍黃分別的海面哦!

The formation of the “Yin-Yang Sea” has many versions. Some said that it was created by the waste water from the Mine Selection Plant, while others suggested that it was created by the rich minerals under the Jinguashi area. There is still not an answer on how the “Yin-Yang Sea” was formed.

PS: Due to the cloudy raining day that made the water turbid when I was there, the Yin-Yang Sea could not be seen. If it is sunny, the clear yellow and blue water can be easily seen.

連接水湳洞與金瓜石的「金水公路」,是一條相當蜿蜒曲折的美麗公路。一個接著一個的大幅度轉彎,環繞著山丘不斷攀升,另一側則是下切的懸崖斷谷。這裡是不少台灣經典廣告的取景之地。

Connecting Shuinandong and Jinguashi, “Jinshui Road’ is a beautiful winding cliff mountain road. The road wraps around the hills and climbs up with one side right next to the vertical cliff. Many large, one after another turns and imposing scenery are Taiwan’s films’ hot shooting spots.

秋冬時節,公路兩旁芒花盛開,白茫茫的花海與綠央央的緩坡,讓這條美麗的公路更加的賞心悅目。

想要遊覽金瓜石、九份及水湳洞等景點,可以從瑞芳火車站坐827與 825公車抵達(註:825公車只有假日才行駛)。

The horse tail flowers are bloomed on both sides of the road during fall and winter seasons making the road even more beautiful.

To visit Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Shuinandong, you can take the 827 and 825 buses at Ruifang Railway Station. (PS: bus 825 is only operated during weekends and holidays). Read More

9 comments:

1ondoncalling said...

What a coincidence! I just posted something about "golden" in my blog and I came across your "golden" waterfall here!

It's so beautiful yet poisonous!
Just like rhododendrons. Ha ha...
Did you know that?!
Bees in Turkey collected nectar produced by rhododendrons, and people who consumed that honey got food poisoning.

I can see yin and yang in Photo 8!
Now, we just need to add two dots in the photo. Ha ha...

shloke said...

That's a unique waterfall! The ground surface and yellowish creek (with mine rocks and sediments) reminds me of Planet Mars :) Hmmmmm, I wonder what happens if a child accidentally fall into the creek?

The remnants of the coal industry is still visible in Shuinandong. Coal Selection Plant and giant snake pipes. Interesting!!! The picture of 'leaking' pipe caught my attention. Looks like mini Chernobyl to me.

Micki, thanks for the wonderful translation :)

Rafael Lam said...

Beautiful natural place, this Gold Waterfall is quite attractive, I'm sure will go there if have chance!
I think it's a good spot for photographer, I want to practice more the waterfall shooting too...

Zhu said...

What a unique place! I don't think I'll be driving that road though :lol: Must be a good spot for night long exposure pictures (trails of light...). You should try!

kristen and micki said...

@Londoncaller- Wow, rhododendrons nectar poisoning!? Mm..the Yin-Yang do need two dots to connect!

@Mylo- You are very welcome! My pleasure always!

@Rafael- I am sure you will enjoy this place for your photography!

@Zhu- Good idea! It will definitely be an interesting long winding trail of light~~

1ondoncalling said...

Yes, so it's important you know where your bees collect their honey.
Honey bee is getting very popular these days in London.
There's a special exhibition about "pharming".
Have you heard about this term?
Basically, people start to modify plants DNA to produce other dangerous stuff. Eg, using tomato to grow drugs.
Bees that collect those genetic modified pollen deposit the nectar in their bees. And they will "dance" to show other bees where to find the source.
Using this animal behaviour, the police set up a beehive on top of police station to monitor illegal use of pharming.
Isn't this interesting?

fufu said...

awesome waterfall... and the jinhsui road...wow!

anyway i am heading to brazil soon...cant wait to visit one of the magnificent waterfalls there... hohohoho :)

kristen and micki said...

@Londoncaller- Indeed that is very interesting! Thanks for sharing~

@fufu- Brazil! Look forward to seeing your posts from Brazil!

1ondoncalling said...

Re: Light of hope / 希望之光 / Cahaya harapan / 希望の光

Its exterior is less interesting, only the main tower remains, the rest was destroyed during the war.

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