Updated on: August 13, 2017
Chigu Salt Mountain 七股鹽山 contributes to an estimated 60% of the national demand for salt. Steps have been carved into the two hectares mountain of salt leftover from Taiwan salt corporation to form the Chigu salt mountain which visitors attempt to climb daily for a bird eye view of the surrounding area.
There are a number of theme park decorative statues, pony rides, go kart rides, salt spa and boat rides littered around area which suggests that this area could have been a botched attempt to transform this area into a tourist destination. One pretty creative mention would be the reindeer, sleigh and Santa Claus outside a house by the salt mountain.
Kill two birds with one stone and visit the double pyramid Taiwan salt museum just beside for insights into the history of Taiwan salt industry dating close to 300 years ago with visual displays of wax statues recreating scenes of salt drying workers at work, along with various interactive aids for better understanding. While salt industry was a pretty huge economic contributor in earlier days, salt imports which prove to be a more affordable option caused the demise of many salt industry players.
Do not forget to bring home some unique gifts made of salt from the gift shop.