Jiji

Jiji

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Train Festival, 2012 Jiji Line, Taiwan

The Jiji Line (集集線) is a branch line of the Taiwan Railway Administration, located in Changhua and Nantou Counties in Taiwan. The length of the line is 29.7 km.

History

The line was originally built by Taipower to facilitate the construction of power plants in Sun Moon Lake. Afterwards, the colony government purchased the route in 1927.

The line was severely damaged in the Chi-Chi earthquake on 21 September 1999, but was reconstructed in Feb. 2002.

Operation

In Jiji line, there are twelve runs everyday, however, only one runs between Ershui station and Checheng station, and the others travel between Taichung station and Checheng station. The headway between each number of runs is about two hours. Because it's a single line, only one way can run all the time.

Stations and fares

Stations

  • Ershui(二水) - Connecting to the Western Line
  • Yuanquan(源泉)
  • Zhuoshui(濁水)
  • Longquan(龍泉)
  • Jiji(集集)
  • Shuili(水里)
  • Checheng(車埕)

Fares

A one-way ticket fare, from Ershuei to Chechang, is NT$44 by mileage for adults. And, an unlimited-rides pass fare is NT$80, for used in one day. The Jiji Line ticket and one-day round-trip pass is available for purchase at all the following stations: Jhunan, Miaoli, Fongyuan, Taichung, Changhua, Yuanlin, Tianjhong, Ershuei, Dajia, Shalu, Douliu, Dounan and Chiayi.

Using the MRT calculation, the fare will be NT$55 in the future, and will be support Easycard.

Like the Pingxi, Alishan and Neiwan lines (the latter closed at the time of writing), the 19km narrow-gauge Jiji Small Rail Line (Jíjí Xiǎo Huǒchē) once served an important industrial purpose. In the Jiji line’s case it was assisting in the construction of power plants. But these days the line remains open to boost local tourism.

The 45-minute train ride begins south of Changhua in the wide, fertile plains of Ershui. It then proceeds into the forested hills around Jiji and ends at Checheng, a vehicle yard surrounded by high mountains in Nantou County.

While the train ride is short, the list of things to see and do in this area is long: you can cycle, hike, bird- and monkey-watch, as well as visit temples, museums and historic buildings. You can visit any time of year, but don’t bother on a summer weekend when crowds really make the place unpleasant and miniscooters roar up and down the bike paths. Winter weekdays are lovely and quiet and the weather is usually dry and in the mid-20s. If you plan on staying in the area, a hotel in Jiji is your best choice. Accommodation in Shuili and Ershui is pretty dreary.


Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/western-taiwan/jiji-small-rail-line#ixzz2MduqTQZX