Guguan Hot Spring
Guguan is located in Taichung’s Heping District and is part of the Dajia River Basin. The name “Guguan” comes from the area’s location, which is tucked within a remote mountain valley (gu means valley) surrounded by mountains (guan means barrier). The region is the traditional home of the Atayal Tribe. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the hot spring were first discovered by the Atayal in 1907. In 1927, with funding from members of the public and the Taichung Prefecture Government, hot spring facilities were constructed at the location. Initially, it was called Meiji Hot Spring. It is rumored that the name was chosen after the Meiji emperor and empress bathed there. Another story is that word meiji in Atayal language was transliterated into Japanese. Regardless, along with the Sakura Hot Spring (Chunyang Hot Spring) and Fuji Hot Spring ( Lushan Hot Spring), the Meiji Hot Spring was one of the three best-known hot springs in central Taiwan.
The hot spring of Guguan emerge in the region’s foothills from an exposed stratum of the jiayang formation. The dajian sandstone layer that lies beneath the jiayang formation reaches a depth of 2,700 meters and is believed to be the reservoir bed for the Guguan hot spring. The hot spring waters circulates at a depth of around 3.5 km before bubbling to the surface through fissures around the Guguan fault line.The spring water is mind and clear, belong to carbonic acid spring, carrying weak alkalis,and contains sulfide and salt; because it contains a large amount of sulfide, you can smell the pungent smell when you close it.
哈崙台部落 Hrung tribe / 裡冷部落 Lilang tribe / 松鶴部落 Tbulan tribe / 南勢部落Pasing tribe / 斯可巴部落 Skeva tribe
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