Release Sky Lanterns has been a Chinese tradition since the ancient times. Now this cultural tradition is well known across the world. Every year during the week of Taiwan Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the first month of Chinese Lunar Calendar), Taipei City is decorated with colorful and dazzling lighting and lanterns, making the tranquil night lively and cheerful.
Chosen by Discovery Channel as “the second biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world” and recommended by CNN Travel as one of the “52 things to do”, Taiwan’s "Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" is undoubtedly one of the most anticipating events in the world. Every year hundreds of thousands of people from everywhere in the world, come to join this amazing event.
In this tour, you will experience this once-in-a-lifetime event, sending your wishes to God through sky lantern, and watching the glowing lanterns illuminate the night sky. Additionally, you will also enjoy a joyful bus ride round the venues of Taipei Lantern Festival, and visit the nostalgic Shifen Old Street before the event begins.
This year, Taipei Lantern Festival will encompass areas along three MRT stations in Shihlin District: Jiantan, Shilin, and Zhishan. During the ride around the venues, you will pass by the iconic attractions in this district, including the world-renowned Shilin Night Market, the ready-to-open Taipei Performing Arts Center, Shuangxi Riverside Park, Taipei Astronomical Museum, Taipei Children’s Amusement Park, National Taiwan Science Education Center and Meilun Park..
Along the way, the tour guide will tell you the stories behind these attractions and some interest facts about them, so that you can quickly get to know more about Taiwan and Taiwanese people.
After that, stop by Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, a memorial hall established in memory of the father of the Republic of China—Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Outside the classy building is a beautiful garden, where you can see many people flying kites or doing exercise, make it the local people’s playground.
After a short break, head off to Shifen in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, where the tradition of releasing sky lantern in Taiwan originates from. Nowadays, the lantern is used as a symbol of peace and good fortune. In Shifen Old Street, there are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs and traditional snacks along the train track. The coexistence of the old street and railway track creates a unique scene of “train passing by doorways”. While you are shopping for souvenirs or food, don’t forget to keep an ear out for the train whistle! You may have a chance to see the train rolling through the street.
Finally it is time for tonight’s biggest highlight! Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was chosen by Discovery Channel as “the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world” and is recommended by CNN Travel as one of the “52 things to do”. You will experience the visual shock of hundreds of sky lanterns, which is definitely worth your personal experience.
Keep calm and hold your excitement for a few minutes, you will need to follow the staffs’ instructions before you release the sky lantern. 4-6 people will share one lantern; each person can write down a message on one side of the lantern, then light it up carefully and let it fly. Enjoy the tranquil moment, watch them float and fade out in the night sky.
After this spectacular visual feast, follow the staffs’ instructions to take the bus back to Taipei. You may choose to disembark at Raohe St. Night Market to explore the lively Taipei nightlife, or you can return to Taipei Main Station to end this beautiful and unforgettable day.
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