OK – Taipei’s Grass Mountain Waterworks are not perhaps the most engrossing of old buildings to be found in Taiwan but they’re quite important. The waterworks are well up the side of Yangmingshan and if you take the stepped route up from Tianmu the waterworks are a pretty sweaty climb. As Taipei grew and expanded in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries so the occupying Japanese had to ramp up the water supply and sanitation facilities. ration could not meet the population’s needs. Therefore, in 1928, the Grass Mountain Waterworks were opened in 1928 delivering 28,800 cubic meters of water from Yangmingshan to 150,000 people in Taipei per day.
So not perhaps the most fascinating structure ever to grace this blog but cities don’t expand and grow without waterworks and other public utilities.
the thrilling waterworks – but still, an original building
And here’s the pipe taking the water down the mountain to Taipei