Pingxi Old Street (平渓老街) is a lovely, colorful shopping street on the Pingxi Line, and a must for those exploring various stops along the line. It has a decent selection of family-run shops and stalls, selling locally made clothes as well as some tasty snacks. While it can still get busy at weekends, it is often much quieter than Shifen Old Street on weekdays.
Built on a hill, and under the Pingxi Line tracks, it’s a rather unique shopping experience. The narrow lanes have been brightly painted and adorned with cute hand-made decorations, the combination of which makes the odd photo hard not to take. The shops still look like they were back in the 30s and 40s, so it really feels like a bit of a timewarp!
Once you are done checking out the shopping street and if you have time before your next train, head up to the Eight Spirits Cave or take a stroll along the river. On the way to the cave you’ll also come across the colorful post office and it’s ‘keai’ (cute) mascot outside. Just like Shifen Old Street, visitors can also buy sky lanterns to release into the air.
How to get there
Pingxi Old Street is located just outside Pingxi Station on the Pingxi Line. If coming from Taipei, you’ll change for the Pingxi Line at Ruifang Station. Pingxi Station is near the other end of the line from Ruifang (about 45 minutes, NT$30), with services approximately every hour each way. Just head down from the station exit and you’ll soon see the little shops and stalls. Get yourself a Pingxi Line one day pass at Ruifang or Taipei stations beforehand.