[ 平溪線 ] Memories of Yesterdays 2/4

[ 角落的色調 ] – 平凡卻又可以如此亮眼
We ventured into the area in Jingtong (菁桐) that is left with a few of the remaining houses  from the Japanese occupation era (日式宿舍區) . Now most of these houses are remodelled into B&B or guest houses and serve as a popular location for films, music videos or TV commercial shootings. This is one of those places where I’d like to spend a night to experience …


the tempo of the place.


These  Japanese style of houses were built in the 1930s by the mining company (台陽礦業) that was doing some mining in the nearby area for its increasing numbers of employees. These were not just dorms; there were also clubs and community centre here. The place gets the busiest on the day when other employees working for the mining company at other areas come here to get their pay cheque. It basically became a party town.


Outside one of the best guesthouses – 皇宮 (Palace). It’s the place where a lot of films, music videos, TV comercials were filmed.  photo credit: WZM.

長了青苔的溜滑梯.  //  One of the oldest slides I suppose?


I’m not sure why the owner of the house nailed the window with wooden panels when he/she has the iron bars already…But it’s sort of interesting.

We walked across a outdoor bistro/cafe that seems to be pretty empty to another mine – The Qingtong coal mine 青銅煤礦) and saw the pretty plum fruit (reminds me of the plums in plum sake!! ) and plum flowers on the trees outside of the mine.
We thought it was cherry blossom until we realized those were definitely not cherries… haha.
Walking toward the old entrance into the Qingtong mine. The entrance has pretty much been blocked with a brick wall with a tiny window opening to the left to see the pitch darkness inside the mine. It was definitely quite scary and intimidating!
There was a “fish pond" outside of the bricked entrance into the mine, belonging obviously to someone because there’s a sign on the wall that says: “No fish-netting!" On the other small tea tables outside of the entrance were religious statues and charms, probably to ward off distrubing spirits from the mine. Spooky!!

Just when we were about to leave the place, we saw the old man and his grandson and granddaughter (?) attempting to fly a sky lantern. We were fascinated by it and could not help but stayed behind and watched. :p They didn’t exactly make this lantern.

The old man said it was collected from those sky lanterns that fell and didn’t really burn through. That makes sense, because you shouldn’t be expecting a kid to write things like “wish I get my stock values back!!" (股票回本!!) The lantern flew far and high. We said bye to the kids and the old man and we moved on.


[ 童年的小雜貨店記憶 ]
This was the kind of conveninent stores we would find when we were small (ie. my elementary days), before these stores were replaced by the glossy-looking, open 24/7 conveninent stores of nowadays. We stopped by, got some sweets from childhood (and noticed there was no expiration date stamped on the product.. but that didn’t matter then. lol).

Related Posts:
1. Sky Lantern – The Old Railway Romance of Jingtong 1/4
2. Sky Lantern – Memories of Yesterdays 2/4
3. Sky Lantern – Jingtong Palace: Tempo Lento 3/4
4. Sky Lantern – Launchings for the New Year 4/4

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