Shi Ti Slope Mine (石底大斜坑) is an abandoned mine near Jingtong Station on the Pingxi Line. Excavation first started on the site in 1937, with the material being widely used for the rapid construction that was going on at the time in the Pingxi area. Although it does not feature on many tourist maps, it has in recent years started to trend a bit on social networks like Instagram, due to its abundance of old buildings that have been taken over by the forest and countryside foliage.
Once you are done, there is an interesting little walking path back down into the village and station, that winds itself around more dilapidated buildings and foliage. It all feels a little bit like a scene from the TV show Lost, if it was set in Asia! The track down can be found on the eastern end of the mine area.
How to get there
Shi Ti Slope Mine is located a short walk from Jingtong Station, which is at the end of the Pingxi Line. If you want to start your Pingxi Line adventures from here, head on a Pingxi Line train from Ruifang Station (55 minutes, NT$30). Ruifang Station is located on the main line out of Taipei. It’s recommended to get the Pingxi Line one day pass.
From Jingtong Station, head right and walk through the small shopping street. Eventually you’ll get to the main road with a large stone statue of a miner. Stay walking on the right, past the police station, and head up the road that winds up to the right. Next, take the first right and walk up the hill. Continue straight at the crossroads and you’ll soon end up at the mine. It takes about 10 minutes to get there on foot.
Hours and fees
Official website: Pingxi District Office