March 5, 2010

Shi Fen Station, Old Street and Waterfall。Ping Si Branch

乘著小火車來到十分站,遊客一定會注意到,這裡與平溪支線其他的車站相比,都還要來的寬闊許多。沒錯,十分站是平溪支線最大的車站,也是除了三貂嶺外,唯一擁有雙線軌道的車站,支線往來的列車都會在此交會。

When you come to Shi Fen station by train, you would notice that Shi Fen station is larger than other Ping Si Branch stations. In fact, Shi Fen is the largest station. Beside San Diao Ling station, Shi Fen is the one has the dual tracks which allow trains to intersect here.

十分站有二座月台,一座岸式月台、一座島式月台。立在鐵軌交錯之中的第二月台,遠看還真像極了一座小島。

There are two platforms in this station; one is a shore-type platform, the other an island-type platform. The second platform standing in the rails looks like a small island.

緊鄰著十分車站,是十分老街,民宅緊鄰著鐵道兩側興建,當居民坐在門前話家常時,伴隨著來的不是鳥語花香而是隆隆的火車聲。

Next to the station is the Shi Fen Old Street. The houses are built adjacent to the rails. When the residents sat in front of their houses to chat, they don’t hear the birdsongs, but the train rumbling sound.

老街上的布坊、斗笠店、雜貨店、麵攤及小吃店,還有販售紀念品、天燈的商店,甚至蔬果菜攤皆毗鄰而居。雖然是觀光勝地,但老街處處流徜著鄉下人家的純樸與悠閒,居民坐在門前乘風納涼、吃東西聊天,一切都是那樣的隨意自在。

There are fabric stores, bamboo hat shops, grocery stores, noodle and snack bar, as well as the souvenirs stores, sky lanterns shops, or even the fruits and vegetables vendors are next to each other. Although this is a tourist place, the old street still has the rural relaxing feeling. Residents sit in front of their houses to enjoy the cool air, chat, and eat.

狗兒早已習慣火車的陪伴,即便火車轟隆隆,他也照樣睡的香甜。

Doggy is used to the rumbling noise of the trains; it still sleeps soundly.

十分老街不僅是攝影熱門之地,也是寫生的好地方。我還曾經遇過一群來自日本的爺爺奶奶在此作畫呢!

Shi Fen Old Street is not only a photography place, but also a good painting place. I have encountered a group of grandpas and grandmas who came here to paint from Japan.

十分有座相當著名的「靜安吊橋」,它就佇立在火車站旁,連接著十分村與南山村。靜安吊橋原為台車運煤之用,礦場結束經營後,經過政府重新整修而成為居民往來的人行吊橋。

The famous “Jingan Suspension Bridge” is located behind the train station. It connects the village of Shi Fen and Nanshan. Jingan Suspension Bridge was originally used for transporting coal. After the operation was ended, the government renovated it to become a pedestrian bridge.

從吊橋上望出去的景色

Here is the scenery from the suspension bridge.

南山村是開車至十分的必經之地。這裡的許多住戶將門窗及牆壁漆成藍色,別有一番風味。

If you drive to Shi Fen, you would see Nanshan village. The residents here painted their window, door and exterior walls to blue. It is one of the characteristics of this village.

距十分老街約莫十五至二十分鐘的步行路程,有個台灣最寬、最大且水量最為充沛的十分瀑布。穿過十分遊客中心的入口,即抵達「十分瀑布風景區」。

About 15 to 20 minutes walking distance from the Old Street, I arrived at the Shi Fen Waterfall which is the widest, largest, and most abundant water waterfalls in Taiwan. Pass the Shi Fen Visitor Center, here is “Shi Fen Waterfall Scenery Area”

走入景區,首先映入眼簾的是一個潭域廣闊、四周景色優美的水潭,名為四廣潭。沿著河潭邊的木棧步道散步,擁抱翠綠山林的同時,還可以欣賞到潭裡的壺穴景觀。

Into this area, the first thing that catches my eyes is a wide pool surrounded by the landscaped pools. It is “Siguang Pond”. Follow the trail by the pond; I also see the potholes in the pond.

步道的盡頭處,有一個高與寬各約6公尺的瀑布,因兩側的岩洞,看起來猶如一副大眼鏡,所以被稱之為「眼鏡洞」。

At the end of the trail, a 6 meter tall and wide waterfall is there. The both sides of the cave looks like the giant glasses, it is named “Glasses Hole”.

眼鏡洞瀑布旁有座觀瀑吊橋,橋上除了可以欣賞眼鏡洞的全貌外,還可以由此通往十分瀑布。

There is a suspension bridge next to the “Glasses Hole”. On the bridge, you overlook the whole “Glasses Hole”. This bridge is an access to the “Shi Fen Waterfall”

跨過吊橋後,需再沿著鐵道再步行一小段,才能抵達十分瀑布。

After crossing the suspension bridge, walked along the rail for a while and I arrived at “Shi Fen Waterfall”.

Photo by Archer[水瓶子的城市旅行]

十分瀑布的河床寬約40公尺,高約20公尺,在豐水期時,豐沛的水流,夾著千軍萬馬奔騰的氣勢傾洩而下,衝擊著巨大的岩階,形成壯濶的水瀑。雖然照片中的十分瀑布處於枯水期,但依舊美麗。

Shi Fen Waterfall is about 40 meter wide and 20 meter tall. During the raining seasons, the abundant water dumping strongly, made the impact on the huge rocks to form a splendid waterfall. The picture was taken during the dry season, but it still looks beautiful. Read More

15 comments:

1ondoncalling said...

軌道兩旁都沒有圍欄?!
在英國很難看到類似那麼開放的軌道。
而且還有危險高壓的標誌呢!

能在老街上寫生還真寫意呢。
唉,就那樣悠哉閒哉又過了一天。

那瀑布有約20公尺高嗎?
不過從那張照片的角度來看好像要比真實的來得低哦?

shloke said...

Picture 4 caught my attention! The railway tracks are SO CLOSE to the residential houses. I guess the trains must be moving at a slow speed when approaching the houses. Also, I didn't see any fences to prevent people from jaywalking across the tracks.

In Malaysia, almost 90% of the tracks are surrounded with fences on both side of the tracks. But then again, people still take the risk to crossover the tracks illegally. Many fatal accidents. Train drivers who accidentaly killed the trespasser needs to collect all the remaining chunks all by himself. Here is an interesting article as reported in New Straits Times, Malaysia:

IT'S NOT A CUSHY JOB

http://tinyurl.com/ybb2jym

I always wanted to explore the small towns via train ride. Your articles inspired me. REALLY!

Cheers!
mylo

kristen and micki said...
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kristen and micki said...

To Londoncaller- 真的沒有任何圍欄,平溪支線居民可以說和鐵道一塊生活的,幾乎是沒有距離的,很特別吧!不過,倒也沒聽說什麼意外就是了!

可能是拍攝角度的關係吧,再加上沒有人的比對,所以看不出十分瀑布到底有多大吧!

To Mylo- The Ping Si train is slower than other trains. The local residents grew up with the railroad; they are spending their daily activities by the tracks. The visitors may think this is an unbelievable lifestyle, but to them this is their life. I think you may like this small train trip. There are not too many lodgings available along the railroad. If you are interested in experiencing this, I will be glad to help! :):)

“It’s not a cushy job”- hum.. I won’t be interested in this job for sure. I wonder if the train driver in Malaysia would receive a higher pay?

90% are fenced in Malaysia, wow! Sounds like lots of overhead bridges are needed too. In Taiwan and US, my observation is toward intersection and cities with heavy traffic it would need fences, rest of the areas no fences though..

lechua said...

each station seems to have it's own story along the Ping Si Branch... great coverage on all the stations so far.. and again this one with the lifestyle of local shopkeepers and painters.

(ok and i just ready mylo's comment above... i'm from msia too but wasn't aware of the gory ordeal that train drivers had to deal with)

Rafael Lam said...

Nice natural place again! Just seen the waterfall of KL in lechua blog...
The most near waterfall for me is in China,
a place calling 橫琴, 三疊泉, I went there some years before…
but when I didn’t have a good photography skill and was hard to take pictures
because I was following a hiking path…
May be you can see there in my friend blog:
http://hscheang.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-post_21.html

kristen and micki said...

To luchua- Thanks for following the Ping Si series! Indeed that (Cushy Job) is a very interesting and surprising news report!

To Rafael- Thanks for sharing 橫琴, 三疊泉 waterfall. It looks very pretty. Have never been to 珠海, hope to visit there somedays too!

1ondoncalling said...

Re: Welcome to Wellcome / 欢迎光临维康 / Selamat datang ke Wellcome / ウェルカムへようこそ

When I was young, I got a book out from my school library, called the Elephant Man. It was so sad but the fact is still the same: People always judge others by their looks.

Mei Teng said...

Nice scenes from Taiwan. I visited Taiwan when I was a young child so couldn't remember much about the country.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment on my blog :)

fufu said...

wow wow wow... very neat and clean =p very different with the busy cities like taipei and kaoshiung lol i wanna go back to taiwan :)

kristen and micki said...

To Londoncaller- I have seen "Elephant Man" too, and totally agree with you!

To Mei- Glad to know that you have been to Taiwan! Hopefully our blog will bring you back some childhood memories~~

To Fufu- Next time come to visit Taiwan's small towns and rural areas! They surely will give you different taste of Taiwan :)

Simon Lan said...

樓上有朋友問到火車鐵軌的圍欄,
如同版主所言,平溪支線是沒有圍欄的,
就有點像奮起湖那樣,
一天的班次不多,車速也不快,
平常遊客都在鐵軌上玩耍,
火車來了就閃開讓它過去,
不到30秒火車過了,大家又走在鐵軌上了XD

提供兩張照片連結,
http://www.pbase.com/simonlan/image/99918027
http://www.pbase.com/simonlan/image/97477680
由此可知火車鐵軌和兩旁店家之間,幾乎是沒有距離的,
火車速度也不快,在路旁乘涼的老先生還可以跟車上乘客打招呼呢。
不過平常時都是第二張的普通火車頭在跑,
有特殊活動的日子才會有蒸汽老火車頭出場。

至於十分瀑布有多高?我也沒去量過,
查資料是說寬40公尺,落差20公尺,
版主提到沒有有人的照片可供比對,
我在此提供一張照片,
http://www.pbase.com/simonlan/image/97600473
或許可以讓大家想像一下這瀑布的高度吧

kristen and micki said...

Hi, Simon Thank you so much for providing your wonderful photos and giving us the detail reply. The waterfall image is excellent, now we can really see the height of the waterfall :)

Zhu said...

I like the waterfalls. I don't know why, but they relax me. I could stand there, looking at the water, for hours. I believe waterfalls are popular in Asia (from what I have seen on paintings), but do they have a special meaning? Just curious.

I can't believe how close to the tracks are the houses! It must be very noisy. I guess the train doesn't go too fast around there.

I like how you capture the atmosphere of the place!

kristen and micki said...

Thanks Zhu! I like water sound as well. I have a fish tank at home. By watching the fishes and listening to the water flowing sound that could put me to sleep! :) Indeed waterfall is a very popular subject in the Chinese painting. That is a good question about if it has a specail meaning. So far we are not aware of it, but it definitely is a very beautiful subject to see and to realx :)

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