Friday, June 06, 2008


We spent last Sunday in Pingxi, a town in Taipei County famous for three things:

1) It is on the Pingxi Branch Line, a picturesque old railway line.
2) It is located in what was once the center of coal mining in Northern Taiwan. There's even a Coal Mining Museum in town.
3) Every year, during the Lantern Festival, people light and release hundreds of sky lanterns. I've never been to Pingxi on the Lantern Festival, but I saw a couple of sky lanterns get launched. Maybe it's what people do on weekends when tourists come to town.

Last year we traveled to Jingtong, a village within Pingxi Township. Pingxi proper is just a few kilometers distant.

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