Pingxi was an important coal mining town in the early 20th century. The district is also the location of the source of the Keelung River.
Pingxi serviced by the TRA network Pingxi line and is accessible through the following stations:
- 1 Shifen Old Street (十分老街). An unusual market street with a train track running through the middle of it.
- 2 Pingxi Old Street (平溪老街), Pingxi Street. A narrow old street with a variety of shops and snacks.
- 3 Jingtong Coal Memorial Park (菁桐煤礦紀念公園), No. 50, Jingtong Street, ☏ . The area used to be the underground coal mining site.
- 4 Zhongpu Iron Bridge (中埔鐵橋). Built in the 1940s, the bridge is used as a 'love bridge' where people can hang messages of love written on bamboo from the railings.
- 5 Cai Family Mansion (蔡家洋樓).
Parks and natureEdit
Pingxi is popular in Taiwan as a place to send off sky lanterns with messages written on them. Lanterns are often released from the Shifen Old Street.
- 1 Jingtong Mining Industry Museum (菁桐礦業生活館), ☏ . 09:30-17:00. The museum is dedicated to the history of mining in the area. The museum building was originally the dormitory of Taiwan Railways Administration employees.
- 2 Taiwan Coal Mine Museum (台灣煤礦博物館). A museum dedicated to the coal mining industry in Taiwan which features a number of exhibitions, machinery, and an old mining train.
The area has lots of hiking trails.
- 3 Mount Shisunjian (石筍尖).