I took the train from taipei to the start of the pingxi railroad line, which was a 40 minute ride. From there the views of the taiwan countryside aboard the railroad train are breathtaking. I stopped at ping xi, and at shimen station. There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the way. If the weather was a little dryer, I imagine it would be very nice to walk from town to town. It's best to allot a whole day for this trip.
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