[ 這也是我的願望嗎? ] (笑)
The writing on the wishing bamboo (one of the hundreds) by the old railroad reads: Find a man who treats me well (p.s. & got $$$).
On the last day of the first month of 2009, we traveled (or rather moved ourselves) to a small mining town called Jingtong (菁桐) in the Taipei County for one of the major events of the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival (平溪天燈節). More on the story of the festival in later posts. Some say a small town like Jingtong or Pingxi will bore you after 2-3 hours. When we were there, we wonder how this could possibly be true? There’s so much things to experience and see. They must be missing out on what these small towns are about. We planned on…
visiting 2 towns (Jingtong and Pingxi) but only ended up spending all of our time in Jingtong). It could’ve taken longer too I think.
We took the festival bus from the Taipei Zoo (where it was crowded with people wanting to see the new pandas from China). The journey on the road into the mountains took about 40 mins (that is without stopping or traffic jam).
The tiny Jingtong Elementary School (菁桐國小).
It’s like the tiny houses where you’d find little kids having their own “afternoon tea” in.
菁桐鐵路旁的老房子 // Houses by the old street of Jingtong.
The only train station in Jingtong. It was also the film location for the Taiwanese film: Keeping Watch (沉睡的青春). More info. about the film on my previous post on the film on: http://blog.yam.com/perladipace/article/17187668
I somehow thought this photo was kinda cute.
[ 選洗煤場 ]
This scary looking architecture was used to wash and collect coals from the mines.
The entrance into the mine? It was too dark and scary although many other visitors went closer in. We didn’t dare to go. :p
Back down to the ground where the train runs. The building to the left (smoky one) was part of the system of the coal washing architecture up the hill. We speculated the coals were collected down here with the trolleys/train and shipped elsewhere from there. There are still trains running on this rail track although you see a lot of people walking and playing around here. The thing is there’s only 1 train that comes here in an hour and it’s one of those old, nostalgic trains that you would associate with the old romance with railway travel.
Hence people flooded the platform, not necessarily to board the train, but to take photos of it coming in.
By the track, there were hundreds of these bamboos hanging from the fence. I’m not sure whether there are stories behind this practice or just something people came up with to earn some cash. But when you take a look at the wishes written on these bamboos, you’d find some heart-warming, or funny, or silly, or… all kinds of you-name-it kind of wishes.