Welcome to Pingxi

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.

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