Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Day Tour from Taipei

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  • Operation Day2023: February 5
  • DepartureAfternoon
  • Duration1 Day
  • Pick-up Time13:00
  • Vehicle Type43-seater bus
  • Meeting PointTaipei Main Station, East Exit 2 (near the train locomotive installation)
  • Drop-off PointRaohe Street Tourist Night Market/ Taipei Main Station

Highlights

  • Experience “the second biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world” hailed by Discovery Channel
  • Enjoy a joyful bus ride passing by the venues of Taiwan Lantern Festival
  • Stroll along Shifen Old Street and savor the nostalgic atmosphere
  • Well-planned schedule and transportation to avoid traffic congestion
  • Two drop-off locations in downtown Taipei City for you to choose from

Overview

Flying 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 lights and lanterns, making the tranquil nights lively and cheerful.

Hailed 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 come to join this amazing event from everywhere in the world.

On 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 enjoy a joyful bus ride passing by the venues of Taiwan Lantern Festival, and also visit the nostalgic Shifen Old Street before the event begins.

  • 13:00

    Meet the guide at Taipei Main Station, East Exit 2

    Please meet your tour guide at Taipei Main Station, East Exit 2. Your tour guide will be waiting in front of the train locomotive installation. 

    Taipei Main Station East Exit 2 Taipei Main Station, East Exit 2

  • 13:30-14:45

    Enjoy a joyful bus ride passing by the venues of Taiwan Lantern Festival

    This year, Taiwan Lantern Festival will encompass areas along five MRT stations including Zhongxiao Fuxing, Zhongxiao Dunhua, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101, illuminating the whole Eastern District of Taipei for 15 days. 

    Taipei 101 Taipei 101 Night View

    In addition to the venues of Taiwan Lantern Festival, during the ride, you will also pass by Taipei’s iconic attractions such as Taipei City Wall-North Gate (Cheng’en Gate), Ximending, Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, etc. 

    Presidential Office Building Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

    Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the window, while your tour guide tells the stories behind the attractions and share some interest facts about them. Through the interesting and informative commentary by your tour guide, you will have a good understanding of Taiwan’s history and Taiwanese people.

    Taipei City Wall-North Gate (Cheng'en Gate) Ximending

  • 16:00-19:00

    Shifen Old Street and Shifen Sky Lantern Square (the venue of Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival)

    Your tour continues with a visit to Shifen in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, where the tradition of releasing sky lantern in Taiwan originated. Nowadays, the lantern is used as a symbol of peace and good fortune.

    Shifen Old Street is built along the train track, and lined with souvenir shops, eateries and sky lantern shops. The coexistence of the old street and railway track creates a unique scene of “train passing by doorways”. When you shop 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.

    Shifen Old Street Shifen Old Street

    Finally it is time for the much anticipated Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was hailed by Discovery Channel as “the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world”, and also recommended by CNN Travel as one of the “52 things to do”. A stunning visual feast of hundreds of sky lanterns flying into the night sky is definitely worth traveling a long way to Taiwan and experiences it yourself.

    Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

    Keep calm and hold your excitement for a few minutes, you will need to follow the event 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. And then, it’s time to enjoy the tranquil moment, watch them float and fade out in the night sky.

    Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2022

  • 19:40

    Drop off at Raohe Street Tourist Night Market

    After the amazing experience of flying the sky lantern,  you need to follow the event staffs’ instructions to take the bus back to Taipei. You may choose to disembark at Raohe St. Night Market to explore Taipei’s lively nightlife, or return to Taipei Main Station, marking the end of this unforgettable journey.

  • 20:00

    Drop off at Taipei Main Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Professional licensed tour guide (Mandarin / English / Japanese)
  • Local transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sky Lantern launching experience (4-6 people share 1 lantern)
  • Local general liabilities insurance
  • Food and beverage
  • Gratuities
Important Notice
  1. Tour commentary will be provided in Mandarin, English and Japanese.
  2. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  3. The sequence and time of stay at tour stops may be adjusted according to the traffic/weather condition.
  4. If the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, we will contact you no later than the evening before the excursion day by email or SMS.
  5. Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes earlier than the pick-up time.
  6. Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage.
  7. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, you must cancel your booking at least 24 hours before the listings local pick-up time(GMT+8). Please contact us by email or phone. 

 

Email: edisonts@ms6.hinet.net 

Phone: +886 2 25635313

 

No-shows are defined as passengers who do not show up on time for the tours. In this event, the bookings will be cancelled and non-refundable.

 

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: full refund

Cancellations made 6-4 days in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: 50% refund

Cancellations made less than 3 days in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: non-refundable

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