Send your hopes and dreams to the sky
Here’s one for your bucket list – watch 100,000 lanterns float into the sky at the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taipei! For all you Disney fans, doesn’t this remind you of the scene from Tangled?
This year, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival will take place on 7 February 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan. For the uninitiated, the Pingxi Lantern Festival happens once a year in Shifen, Taipei. People gather to write their dreams and wishes for the year on lanterns and release them into the sky. In the past, these lanterns were released to let refugees hiding in the hills know that their town was safe to return to.
Take a Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival tour and get ready to live out your Tangled Dreams! The tour is inclusive of transfers to and from tour stops, a guide as well as most importantly a guaranteed sky lantern! Get picked up from Taipei Main Station and get ferried off to the Shifen Old Street!
You’ll be given plenty of free time to explore the area and of course attend the lantern festival and release your sky lantern. After which, you’ll get dropped off at the Raohe Night Market where you’ll get to feast on some of the yummiest Taiwanese street snacks!
- 12:30pm meet up at Taipei Main Station East Gate Exit 2
- 12:30pm-1:00pm Joyride (Route: Beimen, The Red House, Presidential Palace, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Yongkang Street, Daan Park)
- 2:00pm-4:00pm Shifen Old Street and Shifen Waterfall
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Taiwan Coal Mine Museum
- 6:00pm-7:00pm Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival and release of sky lantern
- 7:30pm head to Taipei City
- 8:30pm drop off at Raohe Night Market
- 9:00pm drop off at Taipei Main Station
Here are some tips and tricks to making the most out of your Pingxi experience:
1. Bring a camera
Even if you’re not a professional photographer, you’ll definitely want to have a good camera in hand. You can expect hundreds of shutter clicks the moment the many many lit lanterns are released into the skies.
2. Make a list of your aspirations in advance
With the huge crowds, you’ll be so distracted that you won’t be able to think of new year aspirations in the spur of the moment. We recommend coming prepared with a list of things you wish to write on your lanterns.
3. Explore the rest of Shifen and Jiufen in the day
Take a walk to the Shifen Waterfalls and be rewarded with views of the stunning majestic falls. Plus, a little hike will do you good before you start feasting on all the street food in Jiufen.
Fans of spirited away, this Amei tea house might look like a replica of the Miyazaki tea house from the movie. For tea break, sip a cup of oolong tea while munching on traditional Taiwanese snacks like pineapple pastry or brown sugar mochi.
Otherwise, fill your bellies with some of the most delicious street food in Taiwan. From traditional handmade fish balls to peanut ice cream rolls, you won’t be able to stop at just one! Check out our Taiwan food recommendations to make sure you save up enough tummy space.
Arrive before the crowds
If you’re planning to head there on your own, here are some tips for you! You can definitely expect a huge turnout of approximately 80,000 people, after all, everyone wants to live out their Disney dreams right?
If you hate squeezing with the crowds and want to travel to Shifen in ultimate comfort, try getting a private car charter! Your driver will take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go! You won’t have to worry about squeezing on crowded subway trains or even worse, missing the subway train timing of your choice.
Otherwise, from Taipei Main Station, take the northbound train towards Ruifang Station. After that, transfer to the Pingxi Line and alight at Shifen.
Explore the rest of Taipei
If you’re looking for activities to fill the rest of your trip itinerary, we’d say the Taipei 101 is a definite must-visit on your trip to Taipei. Head up to the observatory deck of one of the world’s most iconic buildings for great views of the city!
Even if your visit doesn’t coincide with the Pingxi Lantern festival, Shifen and Jiufen are still worth paying a visit. Plus, you can release lanterns into the sky all year around! If you’re looking for a hassle free way of getting there, take the Jiufen shuttle bus that will take you to Jiufen from Ximen.
Where to stay in Ximen: