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Review: Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields (井仔腳瓦盤鹽田)

Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields (井仔腳瓦盤鹽田)

The original site of the Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields was a desert. It was developed into a salt farm in 1818 and is the oldest salt field in Taiwan. In 1952, the field was redesigned and became the only central-style tiled-paved salt field in Taiwan. In 2002, the salt fields were shut down due to the rising costs of labor but were later revived as a tourist destination. It features beautifully made salt tiles that resemble mosaics and has become a popular spot for tourists and amateur photographers. Visitors can find vendors and a temple nearby as well as some historical information littered around the area.

The salt pyramids are created by placing ocean water into the salt ties. When the water dissolves it leaves salt behind, which is then pushed into the pyramid shape. This creates a stunning effect. Most people arrive to catch the sunset reflecting off the crystal clear pools of water. If you are in Tainan, you can take a bus to the Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields, but the quickest way would be to drive a scooter or car. There is a lot of natural beauty and scenery around the area. There are also some popular tourist spots near the salt fields including the Ciqu Salt Mountain and the Beimen Crystal Church. If you have the time, I would definitely recommend visiting it.