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Tourists break into under-construction waterfall viewing platform to snap selfies
遊客施工期間硬闖尖石青蛙石步道

Two people take a selfie on the glass viewing platform at the still-under-construction Frog Rock trail in Hsinchu County’s Jianshih Township.
位於新竹縣尖石鄉尚未完工的青蛙石步道,兩個人在玻璃觀景平台上拍照留念。

Photo: Tsai Meng-shang, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡孟尚

Jianshih Township office in Hsinchu County has installed a new hiking trail deep within a mountain forest valley at the famous local scenic spot Frog Rock. The walk includes a waterfall-viewing trail which features an approximately 6 meter-long glass viewing platform. However, although construction work is not yet finished, a large number of visitors to the area have forced their way into the construction site past construction hoardings to take a look around.

Jianshih Township office secretary Yeh Chang-cheng says inspection work is still ongoing and during this period the contractor is still in charge of managing the site. Yeh says the only solution is to improve access controls to the site and says he has already asked the contractor to erect warning signs and to advise tourists not to enter. Yeh added that if visitors to the area persist in forcing their way into the site and their actions lead to safety concerns or an altercation, the contractor will report trespassers to the police.

Jianshih Township office has called on visitors to put safety first and refrain from entering a dangerous construction site. The office says it expects the trail will be ready to accept visitors by mid-December and welcomes members of the public to visit once work is complete.

Jianshih Township Mayor Yun Tien-pao says he secured approximately NT$30 million of funding from central government to build the new trail, most of which uses a wooden boardwalk design. The walk is divided into two main sections: a waterfall-viewing trail and an ecological trail. The bulbous viewing platform at the end of the waterfall-viewing walk, which is shaped like a three-leaf clover and uses a suspended steel girder and glass design, takes its inspiration from viewing areas at popular scenic spots in other parts of the country. When standing on the platform, visitors will be able to look up in the direction of Frog Rock and take in the spectacular iridescent waterfall, while looking down through the clear glass they will get a clear view of the valley below.

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. waterfall

n. 瀑布 (pu4 bu4)

2. viewing platform

n. phr 觀景平台 (guan1 jing3 ping2 tai2)

3. ecological

adj. 生態 (sheng1 tai4)

4. spectacular

adj. 壯觀 (zhuang4 guan1)


(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY EDWARD JONES)

新竹縣尖石鄉公所在知名景點「青蛙石」新設深入山林溪谷的步道,其中賞瀑步道的盡頭是段長約六公尺的玻璃觀景平台,還沒完工就有不少遊客自行從施工圍籬鑽入工區參觀。

尖石鄉公所秘書葉長城說,工程還沒完工驗收,施工期間工地由包商管理,只能加強工區進出管制,已請包商豎立警告牌並勸導,若有遊客執意硬闖,有安全顧慮或衍生糾紛時,包商將報警處理。

鄉公所呼籲安全第一,千萬不要冒險進入工區,這條步道預計在十二月中旬就會開放,屆時歡迎大家來欣賞體驗。

尖石鄉長雲天寶說,向中央爭取約三千萬元施作的這條步道,大多是以木棧道的方式鋪設,分成賞瀑步道和生態步道兩大部分,其中賞瀑步道的盡頭規劃一個雙圓弧形的賞景平台,參考國內相關景點的流行作法,採用鋼梁懸空鋪設玻璃的設計,遊客站在這個平台上,抬頭往青蛙石方向可以看到壯觀的彩虹瀑布,低頭可以從透明玻璃清楚看到底下的那羅溪谷。

(自由時報記者蔡孟尚)

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