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Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Old Street Walk Tour

3.8 / 5

17 reviews

Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience & Old Street Walk Tour

From $56.23 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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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Chinese, Japanese
Pickup included
Pick-up from any hotel in downtown Taipei City. The exact pick-up time will be advised on reconfirmation.


  • 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
Full description
Your tour begins with an 8:00 AM pickup from your central Taipei hotel by air-conditioned coach. Soak up the scenery as you drive through New Taipai City, afterwards head into the countryside, winding along mountain roads into the Pingxi district. After an around 40-minute drive, arrive in Pingxi, a historic coal mining town that played an important role in Taiwan’s 20th-century coal boom. Start your visit taking part in the age-old tradition of flying a sky lantern. The nostalgic ritual is said to bring good health and good fortune. Your guide will explain the origin of the tradition and how it’s become the focal point of the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival. Continue to Shifen Old Street, a lively street set around the historic Pingxi rail line, which was built in 1918, and now runs as a tourist train, following a scenic route through the Keelung River Valley. Hear how famous Taiwanese movies such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ‘Dust In The Wind’ were filmed here and pose for photos on the atmospheric street. There’s just time for one more stop before returning to the city. The magnificent Shifen Waterfall, a natural wonder nicknamed the ‘Little Niagara of Taiwan’. Back in Taipei, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available upon request)
  • Fees of leasing the sky lantern
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off for hotels in downtown Taipei City
  • Local travel insurance
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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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