I traveled to Taiwan for four days and three nights. This time, I visited Taipei and its surrounding areas. In this article, I will write about walking around Jingtong station on the Pingxi Line as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Flying to Taipei & Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
* Day 1: Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, National Taiwan Museum and National Museum of History
* Day 1: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Light-up)
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Jingtong) [This article]
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Shifen)
* Day 2: Pingxi Line (Houtong)
* Day 2: Jiufen
* Day 3: National Palace Museum
* Day 3: National Martyrs’ Shrine
* Day 3: Xinyi District
* Day 3: Taipei 101
* Day 4: 228 Peace Memorial Park, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple and Ximending
* Day 4: Huashan 1914 Creative Park & Return to Home
Breakfast at CAESAR PARK TAIPEI
It was the second day morning of my Taipei trip. To begin with, I will have a breakfast at CAESAR PARK TAIPEI where I stayed for the trip.
There were several restaurants in the hotel and “Checkers” served breakfast.
The restaurant provided a buffet style for breakfast and there were a variety of food more than I expected.
Here is my breakfast on that day.
The restaurant was open from 6 a.m., which was convenient for me as I would like to start my trip as early as possible.
Schedule of the Second Day
On the second day, I planed to make an short trip as follows: “Taipei – Ruifang – Jingtong – Shifen – Houtong – Ruifang – Jiufen – Taipei”. To be more exact, I will move from Taipei station to Ruifang station by Eastern Line and then transfer to Pingxi Line that bounds for Jingtong station, the last stop of Pingxi Line. After I walk around Jingtong, I will take a return train and stop over Shifen and Houtong. Then, I will go back to Ruifang station and take a bus to Jiufen. I will stroll around Jiufen and return to Taipei.
Moving from Taipei Station to Ruifang Station
So, I will go to Taipei station first.
A locomotive was exhibited on the east side of Taipei station.
In Taipei station.
As I heard one day ticket for Pingxi Line is available at Taipei station, I bought it here.
I will board a train bound for Ruifang.
In the train.
This is the one day ticket for Pingxi Line, which I bought at Taipei station.
It took about an hour and I arrived at Ruifang station.
Going to Jingtong by Pingxi Line
I moved to another platform to transfer to Pingxi Line.
Since I had some free time before the next train, I will stroll around Ruifang station.
Here are some snap photos around Ruifang station.
I returned to the platform.
The train has arrived.
In the train.
Pingxi Line is a local train filled with relaxing atmosphere.
Walking around Jingtong Station
After passing through Houtong and Shifen which I will stop over later, I arrived at Jingtong station, the last stop of Pingxi Line.
Since there was some time before the train left, I took some train photos.
At Jingtong, it was OK to step into tracks.
As I had free time for one hour before the next train comes, I walked around Jingtong station.
To begin with, Jingtong station building.
Shopping street in front of the station.
There was a small railway museum.
Here are bamboo wishes.
It is said dreams come true if you write down your dream on the bamboo and hang it.
Jingtong Old Street.
A lot of tourists took photos around Jingtong station.
At the platform.
I found there were few Japanese tourists while there were many Chinese and Korean travelers.
I liked this retro signage.
Now the return train has arrived.
Here are some train photos.
Then, I got into the train to move to the next destination, Shifen.
That’s it for the article about walking around Jingtong station on the Pingxi Line as part of Day 2.
Jingtong is not so popular for Japanese tourists compared with other spots along Pingxi Line such as Houtong and Shifen. However, it is easy to take train photos here as Jingtong is the last stop. In addition, visitors are able to step into tracks as long as trains are away. So, if you have a chance to ride Pingxi Line, I would recommend you visit Jingtong station.
In the next article, I will write about walking around Shifen station on the Pingxi Line as part of Day 2.