December 28, 2015
2163 TAIWAN - Pingxi Line in Shifen
The Pingxi Line is a 13km long, single-track narrow-gauge railway branch line, one of three remaining open from the Japanese era. It was completed in July 1921 and originally was aimed to the transport of coal. In nowadays it runs through Ruifang and Pingxi District in New Taipei City, and is used only in touristic purposes. The towns along the line were all once thriving mining towns, all feature “old streets” selling tourist paraphernalia and old Japanese buildings.
Towns are presented in order starting from Sandiaoling Station (from Taipei, Jiufen or Hualien). Shifen Old Street Shifen, the first main stop, is the only place remaining in Taiwan where the train passes just a few metres from the road on either side, and sky lanterns are released from the tracks themselves. It is now crowded with tourists, mostly decorating sky lanterns, but it still retains its real historic vibe. Nearby is the Shifen Waterfall - the broadest and one of the most spectacular in Taiwan.
About the stamps
The first stamp is part of a series of lighthouses issued on July 28, 2010.
The last two stamps are part of the series Chinese Classic Novel "Red Chamber Dream", designed by Shen Cheen and issued on March 30, 2015:
• Daiyu Burying the Flowers (5 TWD) - It's on the postcard 2163
• Tanchun Starting a Poetry Club (5 TWD)
• Granny Liu Touring Daguanyuan (10 TWD) - It's on the postcard 2163
• Miaoyu Tasting Tea (25 TWD)
Pingxi Railway Line - Formosa Guide
Sent from New Taipei City (Taiwan), on 08.12.2015
Photo: Lin Chien Chuan Art Co. / 2015