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Ping Hsi Branch Railway Line
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Have fun on the railway track

Like good old days when we were little kids. We went out door before the weather is too hot (and... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
DavidASU
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Union City, California
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Pingxi Historic Branch Railway Line

This historic rail line is steeped in history. While the coal mines are shut down and many people... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2018
backpacker31
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed December 23, 2018

This is a recommended day out if you are visiting Taipei. We found contradictory information about the Pingxi line when we were researching the area so hopefully this will guide others.

We went to Houtong (Cat Village) first as it seemed to be the most efficient way to visit every stop on the line but we were disappointed. It's not very picturesque and I wouldn't bother unless you have never seen a cat before. There are a few gift shops selling catty things and a couple of cafes but they were all closed when we went (they don't open until mid-morning!).

We then went to Sandioaling to walk the trail. This is a lovely partially shaded walk just off the train tracks. There are two nice waterfalls that take around an hour to reach that are well worth the visit and a couple of rope bridges but they are not high up. The trail then got a bit hairy (there's a little rope climb) and we turned back.

We then took the train to Shifen which is packed with tourists but is a nice bustling place with lots of busy stalls and an endless supply of people letting off Chinese lanterns. I really liked it. The waterfall is around half an hour away and is spectacular though very busy.

We then went to Pingxi itself and to the end of the line Jingtong. Both are nice enough little villages but far from essential. There were a few people letting off Chinese lanterns in Pingxi but its nothing like as busy as Shifen in that regard.

In conclusion, the Pingxi Line is well worth a visit. Shifen and the Sandiaoling trail were the highlights of the day with the other stops only really worth visiting if you want to make a full day of it.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful old school train and tracks. Nice scenery along the way including going thru tunnels. Has some popular tourist spots along the way.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Most people change to this local railway for visiting Shi fen at 瑞芳 station. It’s packed by tourists and most of them get off at Shi fen. It’s a lovely slow local single railway ride. When you approach Shi fen station, you can see tourists walk along the railway, it’s fun to waving hands to them.
Easy card can be used.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Like good old days when we were little kids. We went out door before the weather is too hot (and humid). After releasing the lantern (Lantern King) blessing our loved ones, family members, friends and schoolmates, we came to railway track to dance around and have photos to memorize this visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DavidASU
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

This historic rail line is steeped in history. While the coal mines are shut down and many people have moved away, this rail branch allows people the opportunity to take a step back in time and explore the villages that continue to survive thanks to this line. The scenery along the route is beautiful - lush green mountains, rivers and tony hamlets dot the landscape. Note, this is a very popular tourist route and the train can get packed - standing room only even during the week. I can’t even imagine this line on the weekend or during a holiday!

Date of experience: January 2018
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