懷舊風情-九份礦石

05/27/2015 - 11:20
懷舊風情-九份礦石
【懷舊風情】

被山海擁抱聚落的同時,我們終於轉而與大自然和平共處著。

清光緒十六年(1890)劉銘傳修築基隆與台北之間的鐵路時,一名富採金經驗的工人發現河中砂礫混有砂金,掀起基隆河的掏金熱潮,進而發現露天礦脈,我們熟知的-金瓜石。掏金客的瘋狂,辨識金礦的品質開始流傳口訣「七青、八黃、九赤」,也成了現在黃金飾品選購辨別的方式之一。

因採礦而繁榮的山城,各式商家進駐相依,在僅有3.4尺寬的街道,難以見日,便有了「暗街仔」之稱,也就是我們現在走訪的九份老街。最盛時期也曾因每逢入夜兩條橫向通道總是燈火通明,弦歌徹夜不輟。人們在街上摩肩擦踵,一片歌舞昇平,於是「小上海」的外號不逕而走。

自台灣光復後,金礦被開採殆盡,隨著人群逐漸外移而沒落,被賦予了「悲情城市」的稱號。踩在石砌的階梯上,我們感受著美景的古意盎然、細細品味著富育歷史的有情天地,清點過去這些具有數十年歷史的老商店,屋宇相接林立,依照山勢而建、高低分明的建築,結合了各方歷史文化的豐富內涵,讓這座被山海擁抱的城市,覆上另一層色彩。風華褪色後的九份,終於取得了它最原始的寧靜與平淡,而在我們看不見的視角中,也與大自然回歸和平。

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【Elegant Nostalgia】

When we hugged by the mountain and sea, we finally started coexisting with nature.

During the Qing Dynasty (about 1890), a workmen discovered flakes of gold while constructing the new Taipeh-Kelung railway, and in 1893 a rich placer district was discovered in the hills of Kau-hun – Jin-gua-shi, that produced several kilograms of gold a day.

The resulting gold rush hastened the village's development into a town, and reached its peak during the Japanese era. The street only 3.4 feet wide which is hard to see the sun, so it was called ‘ An-gei-a (Taiwanese pronunciation which means dark street)’. Now it is the most famous old street we stroll at Jiu fen.

Gold mining activities declined after World War II, and the mine was shut off in 1971. Jiu fen quickly went into decline, and for a while the town was mostly forgotten. Many present features of Jiu fen reflect the era under Japanese colonization, with many Japanese inns surviving to this day. It became popular again since Hou Hsiao-hsien's A City of Sadness, the first film to touch on the 228 Incident, then a taboo subject in Taiwan, became a big hit in the theatres in 1989.

Maybe the declining of Jiu Fen just back to the peaceful it should have. In the angle we can’t see, Jiu Fen finally started coexisting with nature.