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From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

1. From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, then enjoy a ride to the suburban area and start a nostalgic tour of Taipei. There are three branch railway lines still operating in Taiwan: Pingxi Line in Taipei, Neiwan Line in Hsinchu, and Jiji Line in Nantou. As time goes by, these three branch lines have turned into tourist railway lines. Pingxi is one of these small towns that were once prosperous due to the coal mining industry in the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1997, many of the residents moved out, and these towns became silent and desolated. Even though the golden age may be long gone, Pingxi becomes well-known for being the film location of some movies and TV commercials. Sky Lantern launch in Taiwan originates from Shifen in Pingxi District. Nowadays, the lanterns are used as symbols of peace and good fortune, the world-renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a big yearly event that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year. Today you have an opportunity to experience this on the train track: write a message, light the lantern and watch it fly to the sky. There are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs, and traditional snacks along the train track, you may enjoy a little shopping before we head off to the next stop – Shifen Waterfall. Also known as Taiwan’s "Niagara Falls", Shifen Waterfalls are the biggest cascading falls in Taiwan. It is also a popular scenic attraction and easily accessible by foot from Shifen Train Station. If the weather is good, it creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

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Wish upon a lantern

Half day tour - ( a low to medium intensity activity). The tour company sends a driver/guide to picks up the passengers at hotels around Taipei city and drives them to Pinxy. At Pinxy we write our wishes on the sky lantern and release it in to the air - free to climb and drift away. All day long tourist send lanterns out while an active railway sends trains passing by at the locations the lanterns are being lit. We were told the sky lanterns were originally used to inform locals who were hiding in the mountains. These days the lantern lighting has become a tourist activity. It is the only legal area to send lanterns in to the sky in Taipei. After the lantern lighting activity we drive around five minutes to see a waterfall. A little bit of walking is involved crossing a bridge. If you are physically able, you are given the time to climb down to the base of the hill to get a spectacular view of the waterfall. Then we drive back into the city.

Great morning tour

Does what is says on the tin. We go to the old train tracks and write on our wishes on a lantern and then let it off. We then set off to the waterfall and suspension bridge. It's all very beautiful and although the tour starts off early you'll be thankful afterwards because tour groups crowd the place later in the morning and afternoon and you can wait a long time for the lantern etc. I met lovely people during the tour as well and spent the rest of the day with one girl. Definitely recommend this tour!

Great day tour!

The company is punctual in picking me up and the tour guide, Joe, is interesting and helpful! I’ve enjoyed the trip!

local turnout guide was very professional and courteous. great quick trip.