Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 3 (2)

Hi!! You have reached Cigu Salt Mountain, or Qigu Yanshan which is the last stop for the tourist bus before it heads back to town.

This area’s long history of generating salt and its current contribution of over 60% of the nations salt production. It is pretty clear why the area is so renown for this mineral substance. This place (the the museum) can give you little background into the salt industry, but it’s worth seeing just for how bizarre it is.

Chigu Salt Mountain….. mmm I think a small hill would be more appropriate. =P. The mountain itself is a two hectare mound of salt left over from the Taiwan Salt Corporation’s Cigu Salt Fields.

  Look like the ‘mountain’ is high from here but…..  Th hill is climbable, and the surrounding view of the ever-flat area surrounding it is enjoyed by busloads of aged tourists on a daily basis.(but do not put too much high expectation when you are up there. =P) . Steps have been carved into the hard salt to make for easy climbing.

 

Exhibitions of characters made from salt

Taiwan Salt Museum . The shape and the look of the salt piles are strategically designed so that the two piles look like two white pyramids rising out of the salt field.

The museum exhibits does tell you the history of the production from the beginning till salt field ceased production in May 2002. It is very interesting museum if you are not familiar about salt production in pan field.

More exhibits…..

Cute cartoon characters that molded out from salt

….very interesting items; ‘cabbage’ made from salt

Ever wondered how they made them?

These are some of the exhibits which you can in the museum.

A model of the salt production factory back then.

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 3 (1)

This is 3rd day in Tainan, Taiwan of my 10 days free n easy trip. Where to today? Oh.. before that, let’s grab some food for breakfast.

Just outside out Dorm 1828 hostel, there was a stall that sells typical breakfast meals that Taiwanese would have.

  

There were a lot of choice to choose from but the menu was in Chinese. Guess I got someone to help me to translate. =) This was our meals for breakfast.

Fried Chinese pancake with egg….

Chinese burger with ham and egg. Well… a good start for the morning before heading of to our first destination for the day.

Catching a bus in Tainan was quite easy. They has 2 buses that served the route of the most of the tourist area around Tainan; # 88 and #99. We took #99 as the stop we wanted was on its route.

Some snap shots along the way.

One of the stop along the way was the salt pan in Tainan located in Taijiang National Park.

That’s a wide area of sal pans. Read somewhere that this salt pans cover 1,976 hectares!!

Another view shot with some read up for my reader. =)

  

Some history where the visitors can stop and read. I believe you can even try out panning the salt but that’s wasn’t on our plan. It was just short stop (5 mins) by the bus for toilet break for the driver. So we passengers got a chance to walk around and stretch our legs.

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