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 who take pictures as a souvenir. It was selected as one of the Top 100 historical attractions in Taiwan in 2001.
Jingtong was a prosperous town due to the railroads. The hustle and bustle of old street is close to the entrance of Joingtong 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 prayers 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 is shaped like a sky lantern is composed of 200,000 LED bulbs. The magnificent and enthralling light show captures the attention of all visitors.
The park is behind Jingtong Station. It was next to Shi-Ti Slope Mine and is a tourist attraction now. Tourists can see the entrance of the pit which is made of piling-up stones. In the mining rush of Shidi, mines were transported from Slope Mine. The scenes seem alive again. Plants flourish in Jingtong Coal Memorial Park. Tree roots intertwine, creating a special wall and attracting visitors to capture the scene with cameras. Walking in the Park seems lead you back 100 years ago.
Pingxi was called “Shidiyi”. The train heading to Jingtong will pass an iron bridge which crosses Cankeng Stream. 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. The area is the Old Street area. The station is located between Pingxi and Lingjiao. The station is at a commanding location with the Keelung River underneath. 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 forefathers.
Mt. Xiaozi looks like “Mount Huangshan” from a distance; therefore, it has a nickname called “Xiaohuangshan”. Mt. Xiaozi is at elevation of 360 meters. Tourists can see the Keelung River valley at the peak. There are 4 and 5 special and steep peaks. Mt. Xiaozi is small and steep. The main peak is composed of stones. Tourists can walk along the industrial road upward next to Taiwan Power office on County Lane 106. After climbing on a suspended iron ladders on the vertical stone wall, you can see the Keelung River valley, and overlook the stone stairs on Cimu Peak and Putuo ridgeline. The scenes are 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 the Mt. Jiangziliao over 700-meter-high waterfall. This is the only curved railway platform with an angle of 108 degrees on the Pingxi Branch Line, resembling 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 a plateau. The new bridge was built roughly six decades after the old bridge was completed. A viewing platform opposite the bridge 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 changshans and 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.
Lingyan Temple in Lingjiao township of Pingxi, New Taipei City. Because there are a lot of natural stone caves where water drops all the year around, forming stalactite-like limestone. One of the limestone looks like Guanyin so the residents calls it “Dishuiguanyin” and will 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 sound and rhythm 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. The 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 of this itinerary.
This cascade-type waterfall which has been designated as 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 wide. Water comes out from two holes. It seems like passing through the nose bridge. Tourists can see a 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 2 holes.
There was no train station in Dahua due to its low population. However, a station was established in 1949 because of the rising of mining. Later in 1994, the station became a self-service station due to economic reasons. You need to walk on railroad on the way to Dahua pot holes after getting off at Dahua Station; therefore, you must know the train schedule. Walking on and joining the green scenery while chatting with family or friends are the best ways to relax! Dahua is sparsely populated; therefore, it seems like an empty township except on holidays. Roaming in Dahua, you can completely enjoy the sweet and fresh air and listen to the natural symphony.