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Congress Tour

 

Tour B – October 27, Sunday

Route

TICCèBitou CapeèNanya Rock Formationsè Yin Yang SeaèJinguashi (Passing By)èJiuFen Old StreetèTICC

Time

12:30 – 17:30

Price

NT$1,600 (Approx. USD$50) / person

Capacity

40 people

Notice

The price included Tour bus, Insurance, Tour Guide, A bottle of water and Lunch Box.

 

Details

Meet Up

12:15-12:30

Meet up at main entrance, TICC.

Lunch Time

Provide Lunch box on the bus.

Bitou Cape

13:30-13:50

Bitou Cape is one of the Three Capes of North Taiwan, the other two being Fugui Cape, the island's northernmost cape, and Sandiao Cape (Sandiaojiao), its easternmost. Most of the sea-eroded landform types of the entire Northeast Coast are found here, including the sea cliffs, undercut bluffs, and platforms which are more fully developed here than anywhere else in Taiwan. The sea-eroded platforms are thick with mush-room-shaped rocks, honeycomb rock, tofu (bean curd) rock, and marine fossils, all of which make this an outstanding natural geological classroom.

A paved footpath leads off beside the Bitou Elementary School here and onto the cape, giving access to splendid vistas of sea and sky. The path terminates at the tip of the cape and Bitou Cape Lighthouse, which was first constructed in 1896 and was rebuilt in its present form after being destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II.

Nanya Rock Formations

14:00-14:20

At 81.8k, Coastal Highway in Nanya, there is a vast area of strange rocks that mark the start of a geological journey into the Northeast Coast. Their weathering patterns are so graceful that they look like paintings. Such dynamic wave-like patterns also remind people of the vigor of oceans. It is fair to say they are the most eminent features of the Northeast Coast.

Because the Nanya Coast leans against a steep hill, cliffs and eroded rocks are many. The rocks here belong to the Dapu Sandstone Layer, which is so rough that it took a long time for nature to sculpt the rocks into the way they are today. The formations here are quite different, such as columnar joints and needle -shaped rocks. But the strange rocks have not only been formed by nature, especially those standing between Suinang Cave, Nanya and Heme. They have been chiseled by highway construction workers with dynamites as these workers tried to thrust a way through the mountains. Natural or manmade, all of the rocks are inspiring. Many say their imagination run wild as they watch the rocks from different angles.

Take a closer look and you shall feel even more inspired by the rocks, not only because of their shapes, but also their patterns and colors. Washed by abundant rain during monsoon seasons, the rock surfaces have over time been covered with iron oxide with refined patterns. Due to weathering and erosion, the surfaces have different shades which make them look like earth-color paintings.

Yin Yang Sea

14:30-14:40

Yin Yang Sea is located beside the northern coastal road in the Gold Ecological Park region, a curiously colored patch of water. The complementary blue and yellow coloring of this bay brings to mind the ancient Chinese principle of yin and yang, the natural concept of duality. Just as with the dichotomy of light and dark, or cold and hot, Yin Yang Sea expresses a natural balance of two sides of a mutual whole. This awe-inspiring scene provides a perfect opportunity to pause and contemplate what other contrary forces in nature are actually interconnected concepts. Remove assumptions, take a step back, and open your mind to the beauty of nature

 

Jinguashi (Passing By)

14:40-15:00

Jinguashi, which translates to something like “Gold Melon Rock,” is famous for its place in history as a vast gold mine exploited mostly by the Japanese colonists in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today, the mines are dried up; the gold rush has ended. However, it remains mostly intact, a stunning image of a bygone era, nominated for the honor of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

JiuFen Old Street

15:00-16:30

Founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893, quickly developing the town due to a gold rush. Many buildings in the town remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence on both architecture and culture on the island. During World War II, the town housed a Japanese prisoner of war camp where captured Allied Force soldiers (mainly British) were forced to work in the gold mines. After the war, gold mining activities declined, and the town today exists mainly as a tourist destination remembering and celebrating Taiwanese history and culture.

From the beginning of the 1990s, Jiufen experienced a tourist boom that has shaped the town into an attraction easily accessible from Taipei City as a nice day trip (around 2 hours away roundtrip by public transit). Today, the town is filled with both retro Chinese and Japanese style cafés, tea houses, and souvenir shops, as well as fantastic views of the ocean.

Back to TICC

The tour will be happily end here, we will arrive TICC around 17:30- 18:00