People have already written some about the Pingxi line in the Your most memorable train ride in Taiwan thread. But as I just rode out to Pingxi earlier today and am feeling a much happier person for it I thought I’d give the line and its associated places their due with their own thread. I’m beginning to consider the possibility that my wife’s contention that exercise, fresh air, and sunlight occasionally have advantages over a life spent in front of a computer screen might actually have some merit. :shock:
It had been a few years since I’d been out there. I was surprised to see that the train had been switched from the old green model to a modified dianche (regular dianche but with seating like normal trains). So a little of the ambience is gone. On the other hand, I wasn’t about to complain about having air conditioning on the train.
Today my wife and I stopped in Pingxi itself and climbed up some of the pointy mountains. From the station, cross the river and then go right. Very soon on your left will be a signpost (with English and romanization). Follow the path there.
There are lots of other trails and places to go along the line, though.
Trains from Taipei take only about 45 minutes to reach Ruifang, which is where most people transfer to the Pingxi line. From Ruifang to Pingxi takes about 40 minutes; the ride alone is worth the trip.