Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Chengxing (Shengxing) Train Station

More info about this tourist area (勝興車站).....

The Chengxing (Shengxing) Train Station is located at the highest point of the western railway trunkline, 402.326 meters above sea level. The train station, completed in 1906, is built entirely of wood in the Japanese huya (lit. Teeth of a Tiger) style, which is supposed to ward off evil spirits. Many artifacts from the Japanese occupation period can still be seen here, such as the old train signals that originally stood between the Chengxing (Shengxing) and Tai-an Station, which were later replaced by a central control system.

At 9:10 p.m. on September 23, 1998, the southbound No. 167 pulled to a stop, marking the end of train service on the Jiu Mountain (Jiushan) Line as traffic switched to the New Jiu Mountain (Jiushan) Line.

Though the trains no longer stop at Chengxing (Shengxing) Station, the station endures as a nostalgic tourist attraction. The station is a popular location for wedding photos, and visitors come to walk the abandoned tunnel. The area has also risen as a new destination for cross-country cycling. On April 16, 1999, the Miaoli County Government designated Chengxing (Shengxing) Station as a county-level historic site.

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GPS Coordinates: +24° 23' 16.83", +120° 46' 54.74"


StefanMuc said...

Beautiful pictures. Looks like it's really fun for the kids, too.

Andre said...

hi stefan, it was just ok. typical taiwanese tourist trap i thought. olivia did enjoy the mini-train train, other than that there's really not much else there. however, it's always nice to get out of the city especially when it's sunny!