We have been staying in Jiufern for 3 days 2 nights during our 2nd self trip to Taiwan in Autumn 2012. On the very night we reached Windsor B&B Guesthouse, Jiufen, the guy in charge had told us in the meanwhile he handed us the room key, that since we were going to stay 2 nights in Jiufen and in fact not much to visit within the region, which, indeed half of a day would be enough to roam around the attraction in Jiufern. Therefore he recommended us to board an One Day Railway Journey to the vicinity district of Pingxi 平溪一日遊. There has 3 to 4 renowned characteristic attractions/ stations along the route, which are < Houtong 侯硐 > a.k.a < Cat Village 猫村 >, < Shihfen十分 ( Click Here ) > - the origin of sky lantern, < Qingtong 箐桐 > - The oldest railway station cum the last station of the route and not forgetting < Pingxi 平溪 > if time permits. We were certainly not gonna miss the chance to board on a railway journey as I've never experienced to ride on a train in my country yet. I could feel the excitement of experience it, kinda nostalgia feels to me.
The very morning, right after taking our breakfast in the guesthouse, we set off to < Rueifang Railway Station 瑞芳火車站 >, where, the station to get our train on. We reached < Rueifang Railway Station > before noon from Jiufern by bus. And it merely took us approximately 15-20 minutes.
( Above ) There are 2 platforms for 2 different routes of train. ( Bottom ) In fact, we were told by our guesthouse in charge at Jiufern earlier, there were 3 of the most favorable attractions/ stations along < Pingxi Railway Route >, they were < Houtong 侯硐 >, < Shihfen十分 ( Click Here ) >, < Qingtong 箐桐 > and not forgetting < Pingxi 平溪 > if time permits.
( Above ) The veteran old folk from the inquiry counter was very attentive, friendly and helpful. He is even fluent in japanese apart from chinese. He told us many useful informations about the route of where and what is a "Must" visit or do guidances in order to have a smooth journey.
The timetable of the train.....
The tunnel towards the platforms was filled with an aesthetic perception, where, a multitude of beautiful art pictures in arrays along both sides of the tunnel.
Yeah! Got our 24hours tickets for the "One Day Railway Journey Of Pingxi Route".
Awaiting to entrain....Choo Choo Train....
Here comes our train! Awww....Somewhat disappointed! How I wish I could ride on a steam train which has a huge sound of choo choo instead of this rather modern train!!! Lol~ Nonetheless the train looks lovely with its fancy painting....
Quite a massive passengers entrained, heading to our destination....yahoo!!! Stay tuned!!!