The Wormhole, a mysterious river paradise
The Wormhole is one of the area’s best kept secrets, located to the North of Shiding. The river forms a spectacular natural gorge that stretches over a 120 meters along the valley. Tourists can swim and paddle along the narrow gorge through deep clear water. Visitors will find themselves in a lush tropical forest, marveling at the remote natural surroundings with streams, green hills and indigenous forest. The Wormhole is definitely one of the best summer retreats for visitors to the area. However, during the rainy season, the Wormhole can become dangerous to tourists due to sudden rising river levels. It is therefore recommended that tourists be guided by the locals.
The secret Wormhole is located in the vicinity of No.34, Shuang-Qing Rd., Shiding Dist., New Taipei City.
GPS: Parking 25.00994，121.68446
Jingtong Tunnel Station (Jingtong Old Street)
Jingtong Train station is located along the Pingxi Line. Jingtong Tunnel’s origins can be traced back to a local Taiwanese tribe that used the tunnel for natural mineral extraction. After the decline of the mineral industry, the now remains of the old mines can still be viewed by visitors to the area. Visiting Jingtong Old Street is like taking a trip back into time with the daily utensils and equipment used by the miners still on display in the old tunnel. Tourists are taken on a journey through history and guided through various unique sites.
Activities: Writing wishes on the bamboo poles, lighting sky lanterns
Scenic spots: Railway Story Store, Jingtong Coal Mine Museum, Sky Lantern Police Station, Jingtong Coal Memorial Park, Japanese-period dormitories
Address: Jingtong Old St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
(Jingtong Old Street is approximately 15 minutes away from LOFT17)
Jingtong Sky Lantern Police Station (Pingxi Police Station)
This multi-functional police station (Pingxi Police Station) not only maintains public order in the small town but also serves as a tourist information center. The building is famous for its nine-meter-tall glass structure, which has the appearance of a sky lantern, and is composed of 200,000 LED bulbs. In addition, the Sky Lantern Police Station offers customized “Police Sky Lanterns”. This magnificent and enthralling light show captures the attention of all visitors to the area.
Sky Lantern Police Station: 24 hours
Passenger service counters and stores: Weekdays 10: 00-21: 00 / Holiday 09: 00-21: 00
Police Wishing Sky Lantern Show: Weekdays 16: 00-19: 00 / Holidays 16: 00-20: 00
Activity: Lighting police sky lanterns
Address: No.141, Sec. 2, Jing’an Rd., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City 226, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Shihfen Old Street
Shihfen (Old Street) Station
The most memorable part of Shihfen Old Street is the nostalgic scene of trains passing by in front of the village houses. The trains regularly pass between two rows of houses within the narrow old street. Tourists can get up-close and personal with the passing trains without any barriers. The tourists can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town, enjoy various local delicacies and buy souvenirs from the local shops.
Activities: Watch the passing trains in front of houses
Scenic spots: Shihfen Old Street, Jingan Suspension Bridge
Address: Shifen Old St., Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City
(To Pingxi, approximately 22-minute drive from LOFT17)
Pingxi Old Street
Pingxi (Old Street) Station
Pingxi is a picturesque town surrounded by beautiful mountains and green forests The natural landscape surrounding Pingxi includes large waterfalls and a unique river scene. Pingxi Old Street is lined with traditional style houses and shops, such as the Gama shop (a traditional grocery store) and traditional vendors which sell various kinds of snacks and fresh produce. The simplistic life style and old-fashioned atmosphere from the old street explains why quite a few advertisement companies and movie makers have selected this location as the backdrop for their films. Why not take a walk and enjoy the local ambiance here!
Activities: Trains flying in the sky , visiting traditional Gama shops.
Scenic spots: Chang Chun Ya Avenue, Japanese Air Defense, Pingxi Taro Ball Shops
Address: Pingxi Old Street, Pingxi Dist., New Taipei City
(To Pingxi, 20-minute drive from LOFT17)
Shifen Waterfall is a must-see scenic spot in Pingxi district. Visitors can take a walk along the scenic trail from the Shifen information center along Si Guang Lake. Along the peaceful hike you can enjoy the fresh country air and beautiful surroundings. After about a ten minute walk, the rumbling sound from the waterfall can be heard. Shifen Waterfall is a truly majestic sight, with its clear green water falling over high cliffs with a dense indigenous forest backdrop. People can’t help but breathe in the fresh misty vapor from the waterfall. The waterfall appears especially spectacular under the sunshine when small rainbows appear in the light. Since there are three locations from which to view the waterfall, visitors can appreciate the beauty of waterfalls from different angles. The stairs along the first and second locations are steep. Therefore, the third location would be recommended for older or disabled visitors. The Si Guang Suspension Bridge across the Keelung River is located next to the information center. Travelers can also appreciate the beauty of Si Guang Lake and the natural water holes formed by the Keelung River from the viewpoint of the bridge. The wooden path behind Shifen Information Center leads to another suspension bridge. From the bridge, travelers can view the “Glass hole waterfall”. Although the waterfall is not as high as Shifen waterfall, the clear water flowing from the two rock holes still manages to inspire many visitors.
(To Pingxi, 25-minute drive from LOFT17)