For centuries, the tradition of releasing sky lanterns has been a cherished part of Chinese culture, now embraced worldwide. Each year, during the week of Taiwan Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the first month of Chinese Lunar Calendar), Taipei City bursts into a dazzling display of radiant lights and vivid lanterns, illuminating the tranquil nights and spreading a contagious atmosphere of joy and celebration.
The "Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" in Taiwan has gained global acclaim, acknowledged by the Discovery Channel as "the second biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world" and listed among CNN Travel's "52 things to do." It stands as one of the most anticipated events globally, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the world each year to partake in this extraordinary extravaganza.
Join us for the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Day Tour and be a part of this globally acclaimed event, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Send your heartfelt wishes skyward with a sky lantern, witnessing the breathtaking sight as they illuminate the night sky. Alongside this awe-inspiring experience, you will enjoy a delightful bus ride through the venues of the Taipei Lantern Festival and explore the charmingly nostalgic Shifen Old Street before the anticipating event unfolds.
In 2024, the Taipei Lantern Festival will span across Zhonghua Road, from MRT Ximen Station to Beimen Station, brightening up Taipei’s Western District for 31 days, starting on February 2nd.
Before your journey to Shifen for the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, you will enjoy a scenic bus ride passing by the venues of the Taipei Lantern Festival. This route includes iconic attractions like Taipei City Wall-North Gate (Cheng’en Gate), Ximending, and other remarkable sights.
Simply sit back, unwind, and relish the ever-changing scenery passing by your window. Your tour guide will share intriguing stories about the attractions, offering knowledgeable insights. His/her informative commentary will provide you with a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s rich history and its people.
Your tour proceeds to Shifen in the Pingxi District of New Taipei City, where the tradition of releasing sky lantern in Taiwan originated. Today, these lanterns symbolize peace and prosperity, carrying on a tradition deeply rooted in the area’s heritage.
Shifen Old Street runs adjacent the train track, hosting an array of souvenir shops, local eateries, and stores that sell sky lanterns. This creates a enchanting view of trains passing by doorways, showcasing the area’s essence. As you explore the shops or enjoy the local delicacies, be attentive to the train whistle—you might catch a glimpse of the train rolling through the street, adding an extra touch of excitement to your visit.
At last, the much-anticipated Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is here. Praised by the Discovery Channel as “the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world” and recommended by CNN Travel as a must-do in their “52 things to do” list. Watching countless sky lanterns gracefully ascend into the night sky is a visual feast that will blow you away, making traveling to Taiwan for this experience an absolute must.
Stay composed, hold your excitement, and get ready to follow the event staff’s guidance before releasing the sky lantern. Typically, 4-6 people will share one lantern. Each participant can write a message on one side before lighting it up and letting it ascend into the sky. After that, embrace the serene moment and watch as the lantern floats away, gradually fading into the night sky.
After the mind-blowing experience of releasing the sky lanterns, please adhere to the event staff’s instructions for the bus ride back to Taipei. You’ll have the option to disembark at Raohe St. Night Market, where you explore Taipei’s vibrant nightlife on your own. Alternatively, you can return directly to Taipei Main Station, marking the end of this unforgettable journey.
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