Historic Pingxi: Coal Mines, Old Streets and a Magnificent Waterfall

The first stop on this tour is the beautiful Shifen Waterfall, the widest in Taiwan and nicknamed Taiwan’s Niagara Falls. It’s a great place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take some striking photos. The next stop of the day is the Taiwan Coal Museum, established on the old site of an actual coal mine that began operations in 1965. At the Museum we will be able to see how coal was extracted underground, sorted through a series of conveyor belts, and transported through the tracks of the Pingxi Line that merges into the main Taiwan railway system. For lunch, you may bring your own or you may purchase a special miners’ lunchbox, complete with a metal lunchbox, handkerchief and stainless steel chopsticks to keep as a souvenir of our day. (Must be reserved in advance.) From the Museum we will ride the little coal train to our last stop, Shifen Old Town where we will have some free time to walk around, browse the shops or send up a sky lantern where the well-known tradition originated. (We will introduce you to a vendor who offers eco-friendly lanterns--this is optional and at your own cost). Accompanying us on our tour will be Mr. San-Yuan Lin, formerly of the Chunghwa Telecom Foundation and Microsoft. Mr. Lin grew up in Pingxi and is very knowledgeable of its history, geography and people. Following his retirement, he passed the street entertainer license test and has promoted the art of straw weaving, a skill he learned from his mother. Affectionately known as the “Straw Weaver CEO,” Mr. Lin will be our insider guide to Shifen. Transportation, special guide and entrance fees included.

Instructor: Helen Chen

Depending on the activity, online registration closes between 3-5 days before an activity begins. After this time, please contact the Center directly to see if spaces remain available.

November 19th, 2020 8:30 AM through  3:30 PM
Corner of Zhongshan N. Rd., Sec. 6 & Lane 290, #292
Taipei, 11161
Phone: 0228368134
Event Fee(s)
Pingxi Tour (Bring Own Lunch) NT$ 1,600.00
Pingxi Tour (With Miner's Souvenir Lunch Box) NT$ 1,870.00

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