It is hard for tourists to imagine that this tiny station used to be a major coal transportation hub in the past. The quaint appearance of the station attracts countless rail enthusiasts in taking souvenir pictures. It was selected as one of the Top 100 historical attractions of Taiwan in 2001.
Jingtong was a prosperous town due to the railroads. The hustle and bustle of old street is adjacent to the entrance of Jingtong Station. The increasing influx of visitors spurred the rise of shops. Local snacks, agricultural products and souvenirs can be found in special shops. Tourists can write wishes on bamboo tubes and hang them on eaves along the railway. Bamboo tubes will hit each other, making a beautiful sound while tourists touch them. People who don’t know may think that the sound comes from Japanese clogs!
The museum presents the history of the coal industry in Jingtong. All mines in this area have been shut down, but they have left a considerable industrial heritage. These sites have turned into tourist attractions with local characteristics. The museum provides visitors with an in-depth understanding of local historical artifacts and native culture.
This multi-functional police station not only maintains public order but also serves as a tourist information center. The nine-meter-tall glass structure, which has the appearance of a sky lantern, is composed of 200,000 LED bulbs. The magnificent and enthralling light show captures the attention of all visitors.
Jingtong Coal Memorial Park, located behind Jingtong Station and next to Shi-Ti Slope Mine, is now a tourist attraction where tourists can see the entrance of the pit made of piling-up stones. Scenes of coals transporting from the Slope Mine during the mining rush of Shidi seemed vivid again. Flourishing plants flourish and intertwined tree roots created a special wall at Jingtong Coal Memorial Park, attracting visitors to capture this incredible image with cameras. Walking in the Park seems to lead you back 100 years ago.
Pingxi used to be called “Shidiyi”. The train heading to Jingtong will pass an iron bridge which crosses the Cankeng Stream from which you can overlook Pingxi and the Shidi cluster. You will see Zhonghua Street after exiting the station. Walking along the slope downward, you will come to Pingxi Street. This area is the Old Street area. The station is located between Pingxi and Lingjiao at a commanding location with the Keelung River beneath it. Birds flock to the old tree at the entrance and try to find something to eat. Tourists may have the chance to see them nose-diving to catch prey.
In WW2 Pingxi became a prime target for air raids due to its highly productive coal mines. Local residents therefore dug five tunnels near Guanyingyen which served as air-raid shelters. The seemingly endless tunnels provide a glimpse of the discipline and caution of the area's forefathers.
Mt. Xiaozi looks like “Huangshan Mountain” from a distance; therefore, it is nicknamed “Little Huangshan”. Mt. Xiaozi has a peak elevation of 360 meters. Tourists can see the Keelung River valley from the peak. There are four or five special and steep peaks nearby. Mt. Xiaozi is small and steep, with its main peak composed of stones. Tourists can walk upward along the industrial road next to the Taiwan Power Office on County Lane 106. After climbing up a suspended iron ladder on the vertical stone wall, you can see the Keelung River valley and overlook the stone stairs on the Cimu Peak and Putuo ridgeline. The view is out of this world.
This area was cleared by Lin Guo-Hua, a native of Xinghua, during the Qianlong period. It was named “Lingjiao” due to its location south of over 700-meter-high waterfall of Mt. Jiangziliao. This is the only curved railway platform on the Pingxi Branch Line, with an angle of 108 degrees, making it resemble a smiling face. It is a popular spot for photography.
Viewed from a distance the newly built Pingyang Bridge and the older bridge form a semi-circle on the plateau. The new bridge was built roughly six decades after the old bridge was completed. A viewing platform opposite the bridges allows visitors to take group photos with the uniquely shaped bridges as the backdrop to capture beautiful memories.
This Western-style residence which is located behind the Lingjiao Station is a gorgeous red-brick structure featuring an arched arcade and a wide-open courtyard. Images of the male and female owners dressed in cheongsams combing their pomaded hair appear in the minds of visitors. This is an ideal spot to capture nostalgic images of Taiwan of the 1930s and 1940s.
Located in Lingyan Temple in Lingjiao Township of Pingxi, New Taipei City. Because there are a lot of natural stone caves where water drops all year round, stalactite-like limestones are formed. One of the limestones looks like Guanyin so the residents calls it “Dishuiguanyin” and come to the place to worship.
This is one of Wanggu’s ancient trails which have recently been restored by the New Taipei City Tourism and Travel Department. This public path is ideal for families and lovers. It gives hikers a glimpse of the beauty of the waterfall layers and allows them to explore the rich natural ecology and enjoy the celestial sounds and rhythms of the creeks and the waterfall.
The Wanggu Waterfall consists of four layers known as fall 1, 2, 3, and 4. The natural beauty of the ponds and mountains of the Wanggu Waterfall are hidden in a valley resembling a Xanadu cut off from the world. Snow-white water pours down in myriad silk strands generating a refined and sophisticated physical, mental and spiritual experience.
This is the largest station and a major rail intersection on the Pingxi Branch Line. The train drivers must exchange ancient copper tablets (train passage permits) at this station before they are allowed to continue their journey. Shifen Old Street and Jingan Suspension Bridge, which are located in the vicinity of the station, attract many visitors who capture photographic memories of these sites.
The most unique feature of the Old Street is that it is linked and connected just like a rail track. The distinct look and “feel generated by the tracks and passing trains” explains why quite a few local pop singers have selected Shifen Train Station as the backdrop for their music videos. The famous movie director Hou Hsiao-Hsien shot “Dust in the Wind” at this site. Visitors of the Shifen Old Street can experience the vibrant and multi-faceted atmosphere.
The bridge was constructed in 1947 for the purpose of transporting coal. It is located in the vicinity of Shifen Station and the Old Street. The bridge which is painted in blue and white spans the Keelung River and has turned into one of the most photographed attractions om this itinerary.
This cascade-type waterfall which has been designated the “Niagara Falls” of Taiwan features rock steps that are arranged contrary to the water direction in inverse slanted layers. The waterfall appears majestic and spectacular. The pond is always covered in mist. If the waterfall is drenched in sunlight, an inclined rainbow appears over it. This site is therefore also known as the “Rainbow Abyss”.
Yanjindong Waterfall is right above Shifen Waterfall. It looks like a pair of glasses so it is called “Yanjindong”. The waterfall is 6 meters tall and 6 meters wide. Water exits from two holes, Like it's passing through nostrils. Tourists can see the complete scene from the suspension bridge. It is an interesting experience. Yanjindong Waterfall formed due to erosion. The walls of the trench have been eroded by water for a long time, creating the two holes.
There used to be no train station in Dahua due to its low population. However, a station was established in 1949 because of the rise of mining. Later in 1994, the station became a self-service station due to economic reasons. Walking within the green scenery while chatting with family or friends is the best way to relax! Dahua is sparsely populated; therefore, it seems like an empty township except on holidays. Roaming around Dahua, you can completely enjoy the sweet and fresh air and listen to the symphony of nature.
Shi Ti Slope Mine is located above the Jingtong Train Station of the Pingxi Railway Line. Completed in 1937, it is also known as the old mine. Taiyang Gold Mine Office has mines all over Pingxi and Shiding. To save transport cost, Taiyang built the Shi-Ti Slope Mine and altered the original out-of-mine transport system.
The library has an expansive view. In between book pages, one can admire the passing trains of the Pingxi Line. Hopping about on the station slopes are Taiwan blue magpies, listed as a protected species. Reading, trainspotting, and bird watching can all be enjoyed at the Pingxi Library.