Also referred to by the Miaoli local government as “Yungheshan Reservoir”, Yung-Ho Shan Reservoir sits towards the southeast of Toufen Township.
Built in 1980 and sitting at an elevation of 89.5 meters, Yung-Ho Shan reservoir is the main source of water for Toufen and neighbouring Jhunan and Sanwan Townships.
According to the government, daily water consumption sits at around 95,000 cubic meters of water a day with treatment carried out at nearby Yongshin Water Treatment Plant.
One of the more interesting aspects of Yung-Ho Shan Reservoir is that it was the first reservoir built in Taiwan without a “sluice” (gate(s) to control the overflow of water when the reservoir is full).
Instead, on the otherside of the walkway that borders the reservoir you have a huge concreted slope, with the idea I guess being that the excess water drains off and runs into nearby Dongxing River.
Update January 18th, 2012 – Mike informs me that the photo below is actually the reservoirs “spillway”, and is used to drain water from the reservoir when it reaches peak capactiy.
As Mike’s comment at the end of this article explains, there seems to be a bit of confusion on the lack of sluice gates at Yung-Ho Reservoir. /end update
Not too sure what happens to the walkway when the overflow channel kicks in, but I’m guessing it gets closed off to the public.
After walking around the reservoir area itself, you can then escape off into the dividing mountain ranges between Toufen and Miaoli City, which continue to provide pretty decent views of Yung-Ho Shan Reservoir itself.
Look hard enough, and you’ll even catch some locals fishing (or swimming?) in the local water supply…
Not too sure what was going on there but they were doing it in plain sight and nobody seemed to care (the reservoir is supposedly managed by Taiwan’s EPA).
Speaking of locals, during our visit we also had these clowns completely destroying the serene atmosphere of the reservoir with their godawful KTV yodelling:
Who the fuck goes to a reservoir in the mountains to belt out crappy 80s Asian music at rock concert volume levels?!
Access wise the road up to Yung-Ho Shan Reservoir is a bit steep but still totally doable on a bike:
Failing that there’s always taxis, scooters and even a bus service (running between Toufen and Miaoli City through the mountains).
Not bad for a half day trip, which is easily extendable to a day if you explore the surrounding area on foot or bike.
Better yet, pack yourself a picnic and just enjoy the view (and bring some earplugs to block out the awful singing)!