Taiwan Coal Mine museum
Taiwan Coal Mine museum
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Neighbourhood: Pingxi District
The formerly prosperous mining industry of Pingxi District has presently bid its time of black gold farewell, washing off its glories and returning to simplicity, it attracts travelers to stay by picking up a downshifting pace. If you like the mountains and water, come seek out the secluded Wanggu Waterfall and the majestic Shifen Waterfall; if you are a railroad scene enthusiast, there is no harm in taking the train along the Pingxi rail branch line and making random stops in the unique surrounding stations. Quaint Jingtong Station and Serene Wanggu Station calm the mind for relaxation. Shifen Station and Shifen Old Street with its distinct scene of “a train passing through the front doors” and nostalgic old street makes every corner worthy of savoring. You must experience releasing sky lanterns when visiting Pingxi. Write down your wishes and let the sky lantern bring them slowly to the sky. There is also the one and only “Sky Lantern Police Station”, not only with daily dazzling light shows but also offering customized “Police Wishing Sky Lantern” so tourists can hand draw images or writings and display them on LED sky lanterns.
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PeterAndJulian
Taiwan4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The Taiwan Coal Mine Museum is one of the place of interests in Shifen. You can get a taste of Shifen's history. A bit run-down and unmaintained, but it seems like a 'time travel' back-in-time. You find some interesting exhibitions, explanations illustrated by pictures about miners' life. It recalls and show respect for the miners who spent their hard life here. The most-loved part of the visit was the miner-train travel at the end of the visit. We really enjoyed it! The staff was so friendly and helpful. Maybe his english is not the best but he is fine to answer your any question. Also, there's an adorable doggie with him. It's worth to visit and pay the 200 TWD for the entrance fee. Maybe it helps to conservate this historic place for the next generation. Many people complaining about the high entrance fee. I was going to rather pay that fee than for the hand-painted 'tourist-attraction' lantern at the old street of Shifen.
Written 5 June 2019
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SmurfSingapore
Singapore, Singapore1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
NT200 each for entrance with a free coal miner's cap key chain. Very unique ride on the coal mine train and walk through of the life of a coal miner.
Written 6 February 2017
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Marco S
Esens, Germany29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
The stuff speaks no English, but they are really nice. The most signs are on English. But I think its bad that you cant go into the mountain. When you arrive at shifen with the train don't go up at the T-shape crossing. go street on and over the parking space. From there you can see how the coal got on the trains / trucks and you get to a small railway which will bring you up. Don't forget insect spray! If you will go up on the hill at the crossing you'll walk serpentines for one hour till you reach the museum.
Written 8 November 2015
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Whinypooh
Singapore, Singapore81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
Went on 13 Nov 2014. It was difficult to travel to the place if you did not arrange for transport such as a private guide or cab. Its quite impossible to walk there from Shifen Railway Station, even though the lady did advised us to walk there.

The museum looks quite run-down.. Paid TWD200 per adult and 100 for child.

We first were brought to a room and went through a video which lasted for like 15-20mins. We then went on the cart ride which took us to the pit where they used to dump the coals (or something like that). The cart then took us back to the museum, and we were told to walk around. Everything was done on our own. There were no guides at any point of time to explain to us on the history. The lady who attended to us just went like "just go this way and there will be TVs to explain to you" and then she just walked away.

Was quite disappointed at the service. They didn't have the pick-up/ send-off service at the time we visited, so the lady wasn't very happy when her collg told us that she can send us back to the railway station.
Written 20 November 2014
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LifeIsAOneTimeChance
Taipei2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
Went on 6 Aug 2014. Positive is that the people working there, are friendly! But: Poor presentation!! Absolutely overpriced with 200NT (for Taiwanese standard)! Only interesting is the short ride with the old train. Btw, my Taiwanese friend, with whom I went, has the same idea about the Coal Mining Myseum than I've.
Written 7 August 2014
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DayTrip42899025625
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
📌[Xinpingxi Coal Mine Museum Park]: No. 5, Dingliaozi, Xinliaoli, Pingxi District, New Taipei City
Business hours: 0900-1600 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
📌Ticket: 200 yuan
📌02- 24958680

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"I came back from Canada to take this position because of my father's last wish. I didn't know anything about mining before, but for the sake of cultural preservation, I spent 1,000 days working underground to present what everyone sees now."

We took the yellow "One-Eyed Monk" train (which I personally think looks more like a little soldier) that is the favorite of Japanese railway fans. We trembled forward on the narrow railway and shuttled through the green park, as if we were on a dragon train. The country of cats.

Gong Junyi, 64, returned to Taiwan from Canada in the 100th year of the Republic of China to take over his father's unfulfilled dream and run the "Xinpingxi Coal Mine Museum Park" for 12 years. Under his tour, I felt like I had entered Taiwan’s black golden era 40 to 50 years ago. 6. Taiwan’s coal mining industry led us through two energy crises in the 1970s. When I was a child, I saw big news about mining disasters in newspapers from time to time. I learned from Gong Dong that miners are a high-risk job (the fatality rate in mining disasters is as high as 1/10), but the income is quite high (the basic salary in 1959 was 600 yuan, and the monthly salary of public teachers 1,500 yuan, but the daily salary of a miner is 150 yuan, and that of a foreman can be nearly 200 yuan, and the monthly income is as high as 3,000 to 4,000 yuan)...

Because the mineral seams in Pingxi, Taiwan are very thin, with some being only 30 centimeters long, they can only accommodate shorter and lean men to work in mines that are 4 to 500 meters deep underground (like a 101-meter-high building). The air in the pit was turbid and thin, so it was necessary to use...
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Written 22 November 2023
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