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Pingxi Railway Day Trip


The Pingxi Branch Railway is one of the three remaining branch lines in Taiwan. In Pingxi, the railway and the natural scenery comes together. Walking alone the narrow stone paved Pingxi Old Street among the traditional grocery stores and old antiques harkens back to an earlier, more easy-going era. This is a lovely place to visit and if you feel tired from all the walking, drop by the Honggui Noodle Shop for a quick pick-me up! Pingxi is the only place in Taiwan where it is legal to release sky lanterns. Every year, countless sky lanterns are released into the sky as part of the Lantern Festival festivities. Sky lanterns can also be released at Pingix throughout the rest of the year as well.


Jingtong Station

The Jingtong Station is now more than 80 years old and the timber-built station with its old-time appearance has been photographed by many railway enthusiasts. The sloped roof itself is rich in history and traditional railway fencing can be found here. Stop by for a visit if you get the chance!

Address: No.52, Jingtong St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan

Jingtong Railway Story House

The Jingtong Railway Story House is filled with a sense of nostalgia. It's like a cute version of the children's museum and has many nostalgic merchandise including the round red post box, station's ticket collection bag, oil lantern and train tickets. Tourists always take a photo with the life-sized railway worker figure at the door as well. If you want to travel back in time and indulge in a little bit of nostalgia, be sure to visit the Railway Story House!

Address: No.54, Jingtong St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan

Phone: (02)2495-1258

Jingtong Mining Industry Life Pavilion

The "Jingtong Mining Museum" next to the Jingtong Station is located in what used to the Taiwan Railway Administration dormitory. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the coal mining culture, providing a venue for local art & cultural activities as well as leveraging tourism resources to introduce outside visitors to the local historical artifacts and people. The creation of the Jingtong Mining Museum provides a place for exhibitions and displaying the years of work from local organizations. In the future, the Museum will expand its scope to highlight local features such as the sky lantern folk culture, the ecology of Keelung River's upper reaches, the geology of waterfall pot holes and the traditional dye industry. The convenient Quick offered by the Pingxi Branch Line will be used to stimulate the development of the local cultural and tourism industries.

Address: No.111~117, Jingtong St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan

Phone: (02)2495-2749

Pingxi Old Street

The narrow stone-paved Pingxi Old Street is flanked by mostly two-storey homes and old-style shops. Even the drain covers are embossed with a small lantern representing Pingxi. Here, you can find the increasingly rare general grocery stores and also watch as the train rumbles along the steel bridge overhead. Remember the advertisement where a little girl called Zhang Junya is summoned home before her instant noodles get too soggy? It was shot here in Pingxi! If you want to experience the quiet of small town living, the Pingxi Old Street is an excellent choice!

Address: Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan

Yen Jing Dong Fall

Why is it call the Yanjingdong Falls? The water rushes over a rock cliff between two hollows, so it looks like a nose and a pair of spectacles. Yanjingdong Falls is located upstream of Shifen Waterfall. It has a width and height of around 6 meters and can be seen in its entirety from the suspension bridge. Nature's handiwork can be quite humorous.

Address: Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan

Dahua Pot Holes

 Nature works in mysterious waves. Can you imagine pimples growing on the riverbed? The riverbed between Dahua Station and Sandiaoling is littered with circular holes of different sizes called "Pot Holes" by geologists. Pot holes are formed by the eroding effect of rocks washed down the river. This unusual natural feature looks somewhat like the surface of the moon from a distance.

Address: Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan