I used the train on two days and I would have used it more if time permitted. I visited Pingxi, Shifen and Houtong. I loved Pingxi, the people were so kind there. A lovely little area full of ambience. There is a nice yet tiny art gallery/postcard shop with lovely postcards made by the owner. I bought a lot of them, and there is even space right there in the shop to write your postcard, get stamps and send it off right there. Aside from strolling around the streets, I made a giant lantern and set it off into the sky. Shifen was similar to Pingxi, just a little more crowded. I spent more than half a day in Pingxi, that I only had an hour or so to spend in Shiften before sunset. So I just walked along the railway and took some pics and visited the local stores. The next day, I returned for a half a day visit of Houtong, the cat village. I really loved it there with all these cats. You can get delicious bubble tea at all these places. Bring a notebook or so, as you can get free stamps at each of these places. I wish I had more time, I would of visited the Shifen waterfall and Jingdong stop. All in all, some great traditional places, that will have you relaxed.
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