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Ping Hsi Branch Railway Line

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Address: Ping Hsi, Taipei, Taiwan
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Phone Number: 886 2 2349 1635
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Pass by farms and small rural villages outside of Taipei on this railway. A...

Pass by farms and small rural villages outside of Taipei on this railway. A relaxing and scenic escape from the bustle of the city.

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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip From Taipei: Old Pingxi Railway Line and Sky Lantern...

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Crowded but worth it

It's a great day trip. Catch the TRA train from Taipei Centre to Ruifeng (about 45 minutes) and then Ruifeng to Shifen (about 20 minutes). You can spend time at Shifen - train... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great day trip. Catch the TRA train from Taipei Centre to Ruifeng (about 45 minutes) and then Ruifeng to Shifen (about 20 minutes). You can spend time at Shifen - train stops in the centre of the town, or you can walk about 20 minutes to the Shifen waterfalls. Note...there are scooters for hire but it's not an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

We did a self tour here with limited time. To be exact, we spent less than an hour here and catch the next train back to ruifang. This place is too crowded with tourist. We did not release the lantern as we doesnt feel to. Just took photo at the railway track and the hanging bridge. This is just a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I did half day trip myself stopping over Jingtong and Pingxi. From Jingtong and Pingxi, I walked along the railway instead of hopping back to train. It was worth walking as you see beautiful scen6and local living close to you. Old streets themsleves are pretty touristic but i suggest you get out from old street and walk around the village.... More 

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Nonthaburi Province, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

The ancient railway line by TRA from Taipei Main Station to Ruifeng then buy Pingxi line ticket at Ruifeng station Then start your journey along Pingxi Railway line. Visit Shifen to release the lantern, Pingxi to visit the old main road, May have a plan since the crowd and may miss the train.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Very unique experience to witness the lanrern festival at Pingxi. We had a little trouble reaching there but the conductors are all very helpful and direct you onto the right route. Couple of small souvenir shops along the railway, overall a great experience and a nice way to usher in the new year with a lantern with all your well-wishes... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

We did not ride the train but still had a great time. A local friend drove us to Jing Tong Old Street and we walked the railway line to Pingxi Old Street. It was at the end of the Lantern Festival and there were many day trippers launching lanterns from the railway line running through the Old Streets of Jintong,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Kids would love the lantern. We went there in a private taxi. We grouped a few surrounding attractions to visit the same day. I saw the Pin xi train and it was packed. The journey of train and coach is not recommended for family with young kids. Too exhausting. It was also very touristy so we didn't stay for long.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Take TRA from Taipei main station to ruifang. Don't exit, go to platform 3 for train to pinxi via the underpass. Check the schedule prior to ur trip, lest u risk waiting for an hour for the next train. The train is always very packed & moves very slowly. Not a wonderful experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

As noted elsewhere you can use easycard to get travel on Ping Hsi branch line including to Sandiaoling Station from where the waterfall walk can be accessed. It is signed from the small station and the round trip to Motian Falls takes about 2.5 hours. After Hegu Falls path becomes muddy and rocky so hiking boots preferable to trainers. Section... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is really an exploration of different old streets in Taiwan, from Jiufen to Pingxi and ending at Jingtong. Houtong looked worth stopping at too, especially for cat lovers, but I didn't have enough time for it. These are the places to stop at if you want to be among the hundreds of tourists releasing sky lanterns with their lifelong... More 

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