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Canguangliao Historic Trail – Appreciating silver grass. Searching for gold. Indulging in the flavors of fall and all splendid sceneries.
Rumor has it that the name “Canguangliao” (“canguang” means shining light in Chinese) comes from the scenery when mountains, full of yellowish and white silver grass in fall, give spectacular light rays formed under the sun beams, making Canguangliao Historic Trail a “golden shining” scenic route! From Mudan Train station, take a bus to Shisanceng Old Tree Stop and walk for 10 minutes, and you will arrive at “Canguangliao Historic Trail Entrance”. Along the Trail, visitors will pass by the historic site of Jinguashi Water Pumping Station, small waterfalls, historic site of old grocery store, Jinshan Fude Temple, and more, and they will ultimately arrive at Shumeiping Observation Deck. The total distance is nearly 5km with a walking time of approximately 3 hours; the level portions of the Trail are constructed with stairs of relatively lower difficulty level for walking. Moreover, Canguangliao Mountain is the highest amongst Keelung Volcano Group, so visitors can even look over to Taipei City and Northeast Coast when there is nice weather with an expansive view. After exiting the Trail, follow County Route 102 to Jinguashi Geological Park, where was previously Benshan Mine. Visitors here will have the opportunity to observe traces of the most original mining sights. Then continue traveling to the nearby Jinguashi Shinto Shrine, which was built during the period of Japanese rule in response to the mining development. Even though it is all abandoned now, visitors can still have a glimpse of the sacred and solemn ambiance from the remains of the historic site. If you are interested in having more in-depth experiences of Jinguashi’s golden age, you can continue walking down to the Gold Museum, which is a museum campus transformed from the gold mining areas in the old days. Activities here will include learning about the mining history, the gold culture, and experiencing gold panning; spending a whole afternoon here will be no problem at all. At the end of the journey, visitors will connect to Jiufen Old Street, where they are recommended to order a bowl of cold or hot taro balls or to find a tea place and enjoy a cup of good tea, taking some time to savor this “golden” journey as they take a rest.

Mudan Train Station

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Canguangliao Hiking Trail

Suggested Stay
3 hour

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Jinguashi Geological Park

Suggested Stay
1 hour

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Gold Temple

Suggested Stay
0.5 hour

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Gold Museum

Suggested Stay
1.5 hour

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Jiufen Old Street

Suggested Stay
1.5 hour

Mudan Train Station

Canguangliao Hiking Trail

AddressCanguangliao Mountain, Jinguashi, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24972250 (Ruifang District Office)
OpeningOpen all year long

Traffic information Mudan Train Station to Canguangliao Hiking Trail

Bus

Get off at Mudan Train Station, take Bus Route F812 and get off at Shisanceng Old Tree Stop and will arrive at Trail entrance.

Jinguashi Geological Park

Address18 km on Rt. 102, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel 886-2-24972250
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Canguangliao Hiking Trail to Jinguashi Geological Park

Walk

Follow Canguangliao Historic Trail and walk for approximately 3 hours before arriving at your destination.

Gold Temple

AddressNo. 8 Jinguang Rd. Jinguashi (Gold Ecological Park), Ruifang Dist. New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24962800
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Jinguashi Geological Park to Gold Temple

Walk

Walk for approximately 30 minutes before arriving at your destination.

Gold Museum

AddressNo.8, Jinguang Rd., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24962800
OpeningMonday to Friday: 09:30 to 17:00; Weekends and Holidays: 09:30 to 18:00 [Closing Days]
Ticket InformationNT$80 per person (excluding DIY activities).

Traffic information Gold Temple to Gold Museum

Walk

Walk for approximately 15 minutes before arriving at destination.

Jiufen Old Street

AddressJishan St. Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24063270
OpeningOpen all year round(Business hours of each stall is different, please inquire in advance )

Traffic information Gold Museum to Jiufen Old Street

Bus

Take Bus Routes 788 or 965 at Jinguashi (Gold Museum) Stop and get off at Jiufen Old Street (Jiu Dao) Stop; it will take approximately 10 minutes before arriving at your destination.

Return trip traffic information

Bus

Take Bus Route 965 from Daitian Temple (Tianpantang) Stop and get off at Ruifang Train Station. Transfer via Taiwan Railways for your return journey.