-- By Amelie Tseng Translated by Cara
Most of us tend to take transport that
gets us to our destination in the quickest time. The
result is that we miss out on seeing lots of interesting
places. Why not spend less money and more time, and
take a slow train journey?
Choose any of the slower trains (one
every 20 to 30 minutes), because the fast trains like
Tze Chiang or Chu Kuang don't stop at smaller stations.
There are usually detailed information on train types,
time and stations at the ticketing office for you to
refer to. Or simply enquire at the counter. Starting
from Kaohsiung going north, you can stop at BaoAn Station,
close to Tainan, where you can buy one of those popular
train tickets, which say "Yong Bao An Kang"
(meaning "Health and Safety Forever"), as
a souvenir. You can also see Taiwan's oldest railway
station, made from cypress wood from Ali Mountain. Continue
on to LongTian Station, where President Chen's hometown
XiZhuang Village is located, and have a look at the
well-preserved old homes.
Next stop is XinYing, featuring a small
train that used to transport sugar canes to the Taiwan
Sugar Company at the XinYing Railway Culture Garden
Center. This will take you to WuShuLin Station, where
you can see how sugar was made in the old days, or visit
the WuShuLin Museum. Or head on to BaLaoYe Station's
Ying Chang Farm and have a go at milking cows and tasting
some of the fresh milk and dairy products. On the way
back, stop at GangShan for some goat meat or famous
spicy bean paste and Longan Honey as gifts for friends
and family, bringing your train journey to a perfect
For a detailed train timetable, visit
For relevant travel information, please contact the
ShinYing Station Travelers Service Center, ask any railway
station service staff members or the friendly locals.