Storm unearths treasure
Storm unearths treasure: Typhoon “Haiyan” recently made landfall in Taiwan, bringing treasures.
After the typhoon passed, Baibao Creek in Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, was filled with Taiwanese jade.
According to Taiwanese media reports, professional tour guide Zhong Xianrong took VIPs from Taipei to Baibao Creek in Shoufeng Township to search for treasures after the typhoon. They were amazed to find that the riverbed was smooth and filled with Taiwanese jade that had been washed out by the floodwaters.
Baibao Creek is a tributary of the Hualien River in Hualien County. It is located in Chunan Village, Shoufeng Township, and originates from the southern foothills of Guava Mountain.
The riverbed is rich in treasures such as Taiwanese jade and serpentinite. At the mouth of the creek, one can see unique landforms caused by river erosion. The river erosion here tells the story of Baibao Creek, Lao Creek, Wenlan Creek, and Liyu Lake, creating a unique historical landscape.
Taiwanese jade, also known as Toyota jade, Taiwanese flash jade, Taiwanese green jade, or Taiwanese soft jade, is a type of jade that comes in shades ranging from light green to deep green. It is produced in the Lao Nao Mountains area of Hualien County. It was first identified by Liao Xuecheng in 1956 and large-scale mining began in 1965. However, its production gradually declined after 1978 due to reduced output.
Many countries around the world produce jade, including China, the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of jade processing in Taiwan, with Taiwan being the world’s largest exporter during that period. Taiwanese green jade gained worldwide fame, earning it the name “Taiwanese jade.”
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