This is my last part of my series on my trip to PingXi train line.
The old building in Shifen is nice. It’s a small town all within walking distance. It was previously also a mining town.
While walking back to the train station, I managed to catch a close up of the lantern with hand written messages by the visitors who purchase and release it later. Can you read or understand what was written?
There were also lots of shops selling souvenirs of the miniature lantern where some can even glow at night.
Below is the message that was written by the tourists or local visitors on a bamboo sticks. Not sure what they wrote though. (I can’t read Chinese. Just only spoken and still struggling)
…..and cute mailboxes too to sent yr snail mails.
Here is another shot of one of the old machines which was used during mining times.
A beautiful view of the hills with the bridge over a small river.
My next and last stop was PingXi town.
Where should I head too?
A beautiful painted mural.
That’s all folks. So wanna guess what’s or where will it be for my next blog?
Heading to the Shifen waterfall was an easy walk but because it was raining early, it was really a humid day. I was sweating all the way there. It took me about 30min walk from Shifen town to the waterfall.
Upon reaching the place, I had to pay a small entrance fee. A short walk from the entrance, I reached at the top of the falls.
Walking down the steps… and I reached the bottom of the waterfall.
From the place where I was standing, I could feel the shower from the waterfall.
Another shot of the waterfall.
After spending a while and enjoying the brief ‘shower’ , I headed back the town.
From Huotong to Shifen, it took about 15 to 20 min train ride. The train ride was beautiful; cutting thought the hills, green trees and a beautiful waterfall before you to reached Shifen. When arrived at Shifen, I was surprised to see the stalls so close the tracks. You will understand when you see the pictures below.
This is the photo from the station and the paths to the Shifen town where the stalls are literally on both side of the tracks.
Me walking on the tracks. You could see lots of people
Shifen is famous for the sky lantern. You can see lots of stalls selling the lanterns from deco size where some could even glow at night to the big ones which you can write messages on four side of the lantern and then release it.
People releasing the sky lanterns.
… up up and away.
I continued walking along to the town and headed to the Shifen Waterfall. It was a nice and easy walk and along the way, I had to cross the railway tracks.
A beautiful shot of the railway tracks.
A bridge near the Shifen Waterfall with the hill at the background.
Welcome back! We are still in Huotong. Walking along a small street and a gloomy day with a magnificent view of the mountains.
A temple along the street which I managed to capture.
Heading back to the Huotong station, I had to cross a covered pedestrian bridge to get over the other side of the track. In the covered pedestrian bridge, you could see people feeding cats and cartoon cat size stand.
Another beautiful view of the mountains from the other side of the tracks.
A lazy cat sleeping on the souvenir items while visitors taking photos of it.
…… my next stop was Shifen
This small town is really interesting. Do follow me on my next blog. 😊