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Pingxi Branch Rail Line Tours

The 8-mile (12.9 kilometer) stretch of track known as the Pingxi Branch Rail Line, falls a bit off the beaten tourist path but is a day well spent for its charming old-school train experience and excellent stops along the way, most notably the towns of Shifen, Jingtong and Pingxi.

The Pingxi Branch Rail Line was completed in 1921, and until the late 1980s, it was used exclusively as a mining train, transporting coal south from the mountains of Northern Taiwan. Today, the train whisks passengers through a wooded gorge area, past waterfalls, trail heads and old mining towns. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to get out of the city for a day and see the Taiwanese countryside.

Trains only pass along the line every hour or so, but because many of the stops and attractions are relatively close together, it’s possible to walk from one station to the next if you’ve just missed a train. Pick up a line map and schedule at the station before you head out so you’ll know when and where you need to be to catch the next one.

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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience, Taipei, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 108 Reviews

Travel to the remote mountain town of Pingxi, renowned for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Visit Shuinandong Area and see the unique blue and yellow color ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei, Taipei, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

This is a romantic, nostalgic tour aiming to take you back to the golden age of a historic coal mining town Pingxi. Visiting the Shifen Old Street brings you ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Half Day Culture Tour: Shenken Old Street and Pingxi Sky Lantern from Taipei, Taipei, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Half Day Culture Tour: Shenken Old Street and Pingxi Sky Lantern from Taipei

Shenken and Pingxi rural districts are both located in New Taipei City. Shenken is formerly an agricultural and mining town, and it is now famous for its ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00
Small-Group Tour: Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen from Taipei, Taipei, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Tour: Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen from Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a full-day tour of the highlights of the Northeast Coast including Yehliu Geopark, Golden Waterfall, Jiufen Old Street, Shifen Waterfall and Shifen Old ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00
5-Hour Must-Go Shifen & Sky Lantern Private Tour with a Tour Guide, Taipei, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

5-Hour Must-Go Shifen & Sky Lantern Private Tour with a Tour Guide

Enjoy Taiwan country landscape on the way to Shifen. Shifen is a town rich in culture and history which provide a nice glimpse at Taiwan's beautiful natural ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $290.00

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