Shifen Old Streets 十分老街
Located in the Pingxi area (平溪), Shifen Old Streets is a collection of lanes and alleys in and around the Shifen railway station area. Originally built for transporting coal during the Japanese era, the station and track runs straight through the village.
With the marketplace surrounding the train station and the openness in which people can freely cross the track running straight through the centre of town, the marketplace area of Shifen is a great place to grab some xiaochi snacks and some souvenirs.
The 40 metre tall Shifen Waterfall (十分大瀑布) is located 30 minutes away by walking northeast from the train platform area on either side of the tracks. The right side will be more busy and pass by the Cheng-An Temple (成安宮), while the left side is more scenic. Note that the waterfall is located on the right side, and those who walk on the left side will have to cross the tracks again further down the path.
Events such as the Sky Lantern Festival draw visitors year round to the Pingxi area to create a Chinese Lantern (天燈) with a wish written on it to set into the sky.
From Taipei Main Station, take a northbound train (except Keelung-bound trains) towards Ruifang Station. Transfer to the Pingxi Line (平溪線) and purchase a One Day Ticket for the Pingxi Line, NT$52.
A shuttle bus service is available to Shifen, stopping first at Jiufen (九份) then on to from Taipei City at Ximending Youth Shopping District (西門町), leaving in the morning and returning before dinner.