Situated in the northeast area of New Taipei City, Pingxi is a well-known mountain town, which is near the upstream of Keelung River and surrounded by mountains.
As the Keelung River runs through this small town, which has caused very obvious erosion and dissected topography in the vicinity, there are a number of faults and peculiarly-shaped rocks and boulders.
Numerous waterfalls of different sizes appear where the river flows, including the Shifen Waterfall, Lingjiao Waterfall, and Yenjingdong Waterfall (meaning glasses hole) as well as a few potholes.
These natural phenomena are all rare landscapes in northern Taiwan.
Pingxi is also known as the “home of sky lanterns.” The ancestors in Pingxi hid in caves around hillsides upon the invasion of armed bandits. Those who remained in villages would release sky lanterns to inform their villagers in hiding that the crisis was over. Hence, sky lanterns were also called peace lantern or blessing lanterns.
Today, visitors come to Pingxi to release a sky lantern during Lunar New Year holidays to wish for a prosperous year ahead. As environmental awareness increases in recent years, the eco-friendly materials of sky lanterns have been adopted to achieve the balance of tourism and ecology, and sky lanterns are released in a controlled quantity each year.
Located in Pingxi Township, the Lingjiao Waterfall is less than a five-minute walk from Lingjiao Station. It is the second largest waterfall in Pingxi, only next to Shifen Waterfall. With eleven meters in height and forty meters in width, this waterfall is of a drape shape. As you enter this mini train station, you will see an activity center on its side.
Walking along the rail tracks, a signboard reading “Lingjiao Grotto Waterfall” is erected there, and visitors can enter through an unmanned small gate. When the volume of the waterfall rises, it looks like a spectacular white curtain.
However, it is forbidden to come near the waterfall or play in this area because of the vortexes formed in the waters. For the sake of safety, the waterfall is closed to the public, but tourists can admire this majestic curtain-like waterfall at a distance.
The name of Xiaozishan was passed down from Qing Dynasty, when a son of filial piety swore to take revenge for his father’s death by a tiger’s attack in the mountains. He completed his task and then died there. Xiaozi means “a son of filial piety” in Chinese.
Xiaozishan is 360 meters a.s.l., and known for its precipitous, steep slope, thus also called “Little Yellow Mountain”, showing how dangerously steep the slope is! The entrance of this mountain is by the City Highway 106, opposite to Pingxi Junior High School.
It takes approximately two hours to complete the winding mountainous trail. Of the entire route, the most dangerous part would be a section noted for its nearly vertical bluff and hanging-in-the-air steel ladder positioned to help hikers get to the top.
It requires courage and strength to scale the mountain.
When you reach the top, you can overlook the views around the mountain and enjoy the unbelievably panorama of the valley of the Keelung River.
Located at one of the main roads in Pingxi, the Azhen Restaurant lures diners with its authentic local flavor advertised by a wooden signboard.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of Chinese dishes, especially stir-fried dishes with local produce.
The experienced lady of the restaurant is a chef of speed, who can serve a house of diners within minutes. Diner may want to order some lighter dishes in hot summer.
Lishan Scenic Area
Lishan Visitor Center provides information on the attractions in the Lishan Scenic Area, which helps visitors to understand the natural sceneries and cultural characteristics of the Lishan area. The staff reflects the hospitality of the indigenous people, warmly greeting visitors from far and wide. The visitor center is the best first stop to get to know Lishan. For those who love to take pictures, do not miss the free Atayal traditional clothing experience and the “future postal service” postcard delivery service.
Fushoushan Farm between Mt. Hehuan and Mt. Snow at altitude 1,800-2,580m is surrounded by mountains and wide view. In addition to the area more than 800 hectares, there are unique landscapes of clouds, mists and plantations; therefore, it is called the Petite Switzerland in Taiwan. There are impressive landscapes in all seasons with precious agricultural specialties and natural tourist resources. There is the Heaven Pool on the top of the farm where there is water all year long. Also, there are dozens of temperate fruits, mountain vegetables and flowers. Therein, Fushou Everspring Tea is the prime in Taiwan loved by the public.
National Museum of Taiwan Literature
中文版：https://goo.gl/6gx6B7 The Famous Writer Ye Shit-Tao born in Tainan said: ” Tainan is a perfect place for dreaming, working, falling in love, getting married and living. ” Many historical sites in Tainan such as Grand Matsu Temple, Confucius Temple, Chihkan Tower, Hayashi Department Store and National Museum of Taiwan Literature (former Tainan Prefectural Government) often appeared in his writings. In his opinion, Tainan is a great place for living. National Museum of Taiwan Literature(NMTL) is one of these tourist attractions located in downtown. This building has a distinguished history tracing back to 1916 full of an elegant atmosphere. You could see the exhibition, read, participate in cultural activities or enjoy the spirit joyfully in this quaint museum. Come with parents, friends or children because age is no limitation here. Everyone can find their own silent corner and immerse yourself in the beauty of literature. We cordially invite you to visit NMTL. Start your Fantastic trip in Tainan from here. You will figure out why Tainan is a perfect place for living. Don’t forget to make yourself available for historic relics and food nearby. The opening hours is 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M(Closed on Mondays) NMTL Official website https://www.nmtl.gov.tw/ NMTL Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NmtlTainan/
「離島，不離島」是形容和平島最貼切的詞句。只需要轉個彎，越過一座70公尺的橋，就可以從擁擠的都市來到和平島。 五百萬年前浮出海面的和平島，原是三座孤立的島嶼，分別是桶盤嶼、社寮島、中山仔嶼。後來陸續建設與填海造陸，將三座小島連接起來組成和平島。而原本的中山仔嶼，就是「和平島公園」的所在處。 和平島，現以和平橋與台灣島相連。島上的海岸受強烈的海蝕及風化作用，形成了各種天成的地形景緻，是遊憩攬勝及教學的自然教室。 現代人馬不停蹄的忙碌生活常讓人迷惘，不如收拾簡單小行囊往和平島公園出發！說走就走，坐在沙灘聽海浪拍打岸上岩石的聲音、哼一首最喜歡的歌，三五好友隨興草地野餐，享受悠閒的漫島生活美學，Find your peace就是如此簡單。
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