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From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

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From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

From US$ 56.21 per person

Experience the historic relics, natural wonders, and cultural traditions of Pingxi on this 4-hour tour from Taipei. Take part in the age-old tradition of releasing a sky lantern. Discover the town’s coal mining heritage as you walk down Shifen Old Street.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Stroll down Shifen Old Street, where movies such as ‘Dust In The Wind’ were filmed
  • Learn about Taiwan’s heritage with a visit the historic coal-mining town of Pingxi
  • Fly a sky lantern, an age-old tradition said to bring good luck
  • Enjoy magnificent views of Shifen Waterfall
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 1 participant
Full description
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.
  • Expert tour guide
  • Sky Lantern launching experience, 3-4 people share 1 lantern
  • Insurance
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Please meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07), Exit 2.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • If the tour is canceled due to bad weather, you will be contacted no later than the evening before the excursion day by email or text message
  • Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage
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Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

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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!

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July 2, 2019

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.

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May 4, 2019

Our guide never showed up. Still awaiting refund...

October 31, 2019

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