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

Welcome back! Which part of Taiwan are you now if you just followed me? We are outside the Taiwan Salt Museum Qigu District of Tainan.  If you have missed my tour on the Taiwan Salt Museum, you can refer to my previous blog.

The museum has a nice structure which is like a pyramid shape. Worth the visit if you are there but do not expect super great expectation.

We are now heading back to Taijiang National Park to visit Taijiang Ecological Culture Zone. To get there, we are going to catch the tourist bus again. In fact, this is the last stop for the tourist bus.

Taijiang Ecological Culture Zone is the Sihcao Park which includes Dazhong Temple, Sihcao Artillery Fort, a small whale museum, walking paths, and the docks for boat tours of the mangrove green tunnel and the wetlands along Sihcao Wildlife Preserve and the Yanshui River just north of Anping. So you got a choice of what you like. On my previous visit, I have already took the boat tour on the mangrove green tunnel which was very interesting. It was a 30 mins ride. You can refer to my previous blog on this; Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History

This time around, I took boat tour to the wetlands along Sihcao Wildlife Preserve and the Yanshui River.  

This boat ride is much longer; 70 mins. We went on a much bigger boat, canopy-covered that spreads out into more open territory.  The first part of the trip is a little dull, but once the boat hits the Yanshui River, the ride really improves and also more sight to enjoy.

You’ll see a lot of fishing nets, mangroves, water birds and various other flora, fauna, and fishing activities. A guide, yes, a guide that gives an informative explanation of the trip, but it’s only in Chinese. So if you do not understand Chinese, do not worry. Just enjoy the view like what I did. =P

  

Mangroves…..

It pulls in close to many of the sandbanks that are home to dozens of bird species. Along with various egrets and ibises, many spoon-bills and other feathered creatures make their migratory stops here, especially in the spring and fall.

Stilt house long the river banks.

Well, the boat tour is still on. Has not ended yet. Follow me to see what we got to see next. IF you haven’t followed me on my e-travel, then quickly follow me. =)

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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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