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Ping Hsi Branch Railway Line

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Address: Ping Hsi, Xinbei, Taiwan
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Phone Number: +886 2 2349 1635
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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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Sky Lantern..

A place for sky lantern tradition. This tourist spot located along the railway with moving trains from time to time. Great view, local snacks etc. Definitely worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Read on internet trying to see what is all the hoola-hoop on this Pingxie line. It's an old train, in old town, on cobble stone. really nothing much to do - other than tourist trap to release lantern - kind of unique. Not so great food, souvenir etc. Maybe the local got a kick out of riding the old train?... More 

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Tainan, Taiwan
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The train ride itself is worth doing, some of the scenery is absolutely wonderful but sadly the stops along the way have become too popular. I spent 6 hours, travelling to/from Ruifang and stopping at Jingtong/Pingxi/Shifen but I felt my time could have better used elsewhere. There isn't a great deal to see and wandering the old streets/seeing Shifen waterfall... More 

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Thank Chapeltom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A place for sky lantern tradition. This tourist spot located along the railway with moving trains from time to time. Great view, local snacks etc. Definitely worth a visit.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We took a fascinating tour by train via the Pingxi railway line, from Taipei railway station. Leaving busy Taipei, we enjoyed a relaxing moment along the railway line and finally approached Pingxi. There were many tourists at Pingxi, but most of them were only engaged in one activity - writing down their wishes on the sky lanterns and sending them... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Even though the train itself is not so much of an eyecatcher, the scenery you go through is very much worth it. Better get out your camera.

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Thank Dirk B
Hanoi, Vietnam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

There are some good sights along the way but the railway itself is a bit of a shambles. The trains are slow and only run every hour, so be prepared to spend half your day either on one or waiting for one. The problem of the infrequency is compounded by a lack of clear information (in English at least), which... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I'm giving the railway line three stars for it "could" offer a good day trip outside Taipei. But in reality, this trip has become so popular that travelers (especially from mainland China and Korea, I can't help but notice) flooded the small towns (Shifen, Pingxi, Jingtong, etc.) along the route. Residence-turned small businesses dominated the area around the train station.... More 

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Thank Kuo-ming S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

When I was here, there were so many people tried to make a wish on lantern, then released it to the sky, so do I and my family. We saw the train through here twice and it was so near.

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Thank NONI L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 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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