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One-Day Railway Trip on the Pingxi Line
As the train enters Yilan Line from Ruifang, we will arrive at Houtong and enter Pingxi Line from Sandiaoling. This railway line stretches amidst the verdant and lush mountainous area of Northern Taiwan, was built due to past prosperous coal mining industry, and is still operating. Besides transporting passengers, this is a popular route for railway trips in which it starts from Houtong. The magnificent achievements of the mining industry can be seen throughout the place in which they brought about railways and the prosperous development of towns along the way. Coming to Shifen, the origin of Sky Lantern and the largest station along the Pingxi Line, this is a major train intersection station. Looking back at the mining history of Pingxi, Shifen is the earliest and largest settlement developed. Its greatest feature is that the old street stands side-to-side with the railway track and presents the unique railway scenery of “the train passes through your front door”. Although the coal mining industry is a thing of the past, countless coal mining relics still remain along the Pingxi Line. It is rich with scenery and culture, in which visitors can seek tranquility at small unmanned stations, or enjoy traditional gourmet foods, visit grocery stores and hardware stores dating back to your grandparents’ days at bustling old streets. You can also get a Happiness Stamp at the station or fly a Sky Lantern written with your wishes for this year. You can enjoy a spectacular day and this is the branch line you cannot dare to miss.

Houtong Station

1

Houtong Cat Bridge

Suggested Stay
20minutes

2

Houtong Cat Village

Suggested Stay
1hour

3

Houtong Cat Information Stop

Suggested Stay
30minutes

4

Shifen Railway Station

Suggested Stay
30minutes

5

Houtong Coal Mine Ecological Park

Suggested Stay
1hour

6

Shifen Old Street

Suggested Stay
1hour

7

Shifen Waterfall

Suggested Stay
2hours

8

Pingxi Station

Suggested Stay
20minutes

9

Pingxi Old Street

Suggested Stay
30minutes

10

Jingtong Railway Station

Suggested Stay
30minutes

11

Sky Lantern Police Station

Suggested Stay
1hour

Houtong Station

Houtong Cat Bridge

AddressNo.70, Chailiao Rd., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24971266
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Houtong Station to Houtong Cat Bridge

Walk

After leaving the train station, follow the signs and walk for about 2 minutes.

Houtong Cat Village

AddressChetouding Village (Cat’s Village), Houtong, Guangfu Borough, Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24971266
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Houtong Cat Bridge to Houtong Cat Village

Walk

Walk for about 1 minute.

Houtong Cat Information Stop

AddressNo.343, Chailiao Rd., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24061059
Opening8:30-17:30

Traffic information Houtong Cat Village to Houtong Cat Information Stop

Walk

Walk for about 5 minutes.

Shifen Railway Station

AddressNo.51, Shifen St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Tel 886-2-24958307
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Houtong Cat Information Stop to Shifen Railway Station

Train

Take the train heading for Pingxi at Houtong Station and get off at Shifen Station

Houtong Coal Mine Ecological Park

AddressNo.42, Chailiao Rd., Ruifang Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24974143
Opening8:00-18:00

Traffic information Shifen Railway Station to Houtong Coal Mine Ecological Park

Walk

Walk pass the Cat Bridge to leave Houtong Station and reach it across the station.

Shifen Old Street

AddressShifen Street, Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Tel 886-2-24951510
OpeningOpen all year round

Traffic information Houtong Coal Mine Ecological Park to Shifen Old Street

Walk

You can reach “Shifen Old Street” right after you leave “Shifen Station”.

Shifen Waterfall

AddressNo. 10, Qiankeng, Pingxi District, New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24958605
OpeningDuring non-summer seasons (October till May) will be from 9:00-17:00, with the latest park entrance time being 16:30. For the summer season (June till September) will be from 9:00-18:00, with the latest park entrance time being 17:30.

Traffic information Shifen Old Street to Shifen Waterfall

Walk

Follow the signs and walk along Shifen Old Street for about 20 minutes.

Pingxi Station

AddressNo. 12, Zhonghua St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24972033
Opening06:00~22:00

Traffic information Shifen Waterfall to Pingxi Station

Train

Take the train heading for “Jingtong” at “Shifen Station” and get off at “Pingxi Station”.

Pingxi Old Street

AddressSection 2, Jingan Road, Pingxi District, New Taipei City.
Tel 886-2-24951510
OpeningOpen all year round(Business hours of each stall is different, please inquire in advance )

Traffic information Pingxi Station to Pingxi Old Street

Walk

Walk for about 5 minutes after leaving Pingxi Station.

Jingtong Railway Station

AddressNo.52, Jingtong St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Tel 886-2-24972033
Opening06:00~24:00

Traffic information Pingxi Old Street to Jingtong Railway Station

Train

Take the train heading for “Jingtong” at “Pingxi Station” and get off at “Jingtong Station”

Sky Lantern Police Station

AddressNo.141, Sec. 2, Jing’an Rd., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City
Tel 886-2-24952358
Opening(1) Police Station: 24 hours; (2) Police Wish Sky Lantern Show and Launch Time: Holidays: 16:00-20:00; Weekdays: 16:00-19:00; [Closed] Lunar New Year's Eve

Traffic information Jingtong Railway Station to Sky Lantern Police Station

Bicycle

Walk along Jingtong Street for about 10 minutes after leaving “Jingtong Station”.