You-Rui Ecological Park

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  • Address:Huaxin 1st Rd., Qidu Dist., Keelung City 206, Taiwan (R.O.C.) View on Map
You-Rui Ecological Park is located in Keelung's Qidu District, on Huaxin 1st Road. You-Rui Creek, otherwise known as Luliao Creek, is one of Keelung River's tributaries. You-Rui was once the center of living for the Pingpu people, and was also a mining settlement. Coal was transported from the You-Rui mountains, and boxes would be carried all the way to Wudu Station. When the coal resources were depleted later on, the area gradually declined. The government then changed the train's railroad tracks into a bridge pier, and started to construct trails along the creek. The area was designated as a conservation site for fish, becoming You-Rui Ecological Park. Within the park, there's a farm, featuring fruits and vegetables grown organically. You-Rui Creek's ecology is plentiful; you can come across fish and shrimp swimming, and the water quality is clear and limpid. There are also animals such as the black-crowned night heron and butterflies. Along the creek, you'll see an announcement regarding creek conservation, prohibiting fishing in the waters. 
The park's map will display scenic spots that you can come across along the way, such as a viewing pavilion, creekside bicycle trail, landscape trail, Shigong Lake, creekside trail, mine ruins, an abandoned police station, Youxin Bridge, Youliang Bridge, Youai Bridge, Xinghua Bridge, mining pit 1 (Yikeng), Luliao Station ruins,  Huxue Landscape Trail, and more. Yikeng was a pit dug out during the mining period, and numbered. The walls are constructed out of brick layers stacked on top of another, and are stacked using a English-style method. This made the structure more durable and secure. Inside the pit there are traces of coal-transporting tunnels. Shigong Lake is a natural aqueduct, measuring 85 meters in length. At its highest, the water depth measure 2.5 meters, and swimming is not recommended here.
In addition, the Huxue Landscape Trail was a former vehicle lane in the past. This trail is around 1 kilometer in length, and explanatory signs are located at the exit, explaining the landscape here. Due to the long-term effects of different conditions such as topography and geography, many huxue have formed. As the creek water carries along the stones within in, the stones will be stuck  in place and unable to move forward when they come across rocks in the riverbed. The flow of the creek water will cause the stuck stone to spin in place, and over an extended period of time, the stone will eventually wear through the rock and form a circular hole. This kind of hole is called a "huxue". 



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