Located just outside of Jinshan Cape on Taiwan’s north coast are the Twin Candlestick Islets. Standing about 197 ft. (60 meters) above sea level, the twin islets were originally part of Jinshan Cape, but separated due to plate tectonic processes and coastal erosion.
At one time, the islets were connected by an arch formation, but its present form of two upright pillars was shaped after the top of the arch collapsed. Please watch the following video of the Twin Candlestick Islets and the beauty of the landscape in the vicinity:
Since the islets bear a resemblance to two candlesticks, they were called the Twin Candlestick Islets. They are also called the Husband and Wife Rocks by local people because they look like a cuddling couple.
Legend has it that a faithful wife turned into one of the two rocks after she hopelessly waited for her fisherman husband to return. Unfortunately, the husband came back only to discover that his wife had turned into a rock many years prior. He was heartbroken and cried to the rock day and night. Eventually, he also turned into a rock to accompany his wife.
The Twin Candlestick Islets have become an iconic feature of Jinshan District in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, and many people have visited the site. Because of the husband and wife legend, it is especially popular with couples who believe that their relationships will be blessed when photographed with the companion rocks.
Just opposite the Twin Candlestick Islets is Shitoushan Park, or Lion’s Head Mountain Park (獅頭山公園). The area used to be a military control zone for the northern coast, thus its geography and ecology are well preserved.
There are many trails in Shitoushan Park for visitors to explore the natural beauty of the park and coastline. Among them is a picturesque main trail leading to Zhongzhen Pavilion (中正亭), which has a stunning view of the Twin Candlestick Islets.
Jinshan is a district of New Taipei City, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Taiwan. In addition to the Twin Candlestick Islets and Shitoushan Park, Jinshan is also famous for its 200-year-old Jinbaoli Old Street (金包里老街) shopping area.
Visitors can see a wide varieties of local delicacies, in particular, a number of sweet potato products, such as baked sweet potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, ice-roasted sweet potatoes, and sweet potato biscuits.
Another highlight of Jinshan is its hot springs, which are famous for their natural purity and thermal properties. There are four types of hot springs in Jinshan: seabed, carbonated, sulfurous, and ferrous.
It is said that the springs in Jingshan can whiten the skin and improve blood circulation. While relaxing in the hot springs, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean and the unique mountain landscape on the north coast shore.