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Jiji is the name of a place as well as of this branch railway line. The plain and rustic atmosphere here is filled with cultural artistry; the branch line starts from the Ershui Railway Station in Changhua County to the west and runs eastward through Yuanquan, Zhoshui, Longquan, Jiji, and Shuili to Checheng, with enchanting sights of farm country, precipitous cliffs, old red-brick houses, and verdant forests and clear streams all the way. The little town of Jiji, the Snake Kiln at Shuili, the Mingxin Academy, and the "green tunnel" are among the attractions that make this place well worth a visit.
The Jiji Railway Station, built in 1933, is the oldest train station left in Taiwan. The exterior is plain and simple, and it is built entirely of red cypress. This little town with its big literary atmosphere has quite a number of historic sites and scenic spots, such as the Fuxing Temple, which has been designated a third-grade historic site, and the Mingxin Academy, the Chinese-style wood-fired Tianxing Kiln, green tunnel, and railway museum. Together, these make Jiji an interesting place to visit.
Shuili, which is close to Jiji, is the biggest station on the Jiji Railway. Among its best-known attractions are the Snake Kiln, Erpingshan ice-on-a-stick, and Shuili meat balls. The Snake Kiln is especially well worth visiting, since it is Taiwan's oldest, most traditional, wood-burning kiln. The pottery artworks produced by clay and firewood here could never come from a modern kiln. In addition to the kiln itself, the Snake Kiln offers well-prepared cultural introductions as well as exhibitions of pottery and handicrafts. There is also a teahouse where visitors can relax and savor some fine tea, as well as pottery classrooms where interested travelers can personally experience the joys of crafting pottery.
Finally you come to Checheng, the final station on the Jiji Railway. In the old days it was known as the "most beautiful little station," and even today its old-time atmosphere is deepened by the old coal- and water-loading equipment from the days of coal-burning locomotives.
If you want to soak in a hot-spring bath, you can go on to the nearby town of Dongpu, home to people of the Bunun indigenous tribe as well as famous hot springs. The clear mineral water here is just the right temperature for bathing, and these springs have been highly popular ever since they were first developed during the period of the Japanese occupation.