Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Day Tour from Taipei

  • Operation Day2024: February 24
  • DepartureAfternoon
  • Duration1 Day
  • Pick-up Time13:00
  • Vehicle Type43-seater bus
  • Meeting PointExit East 2 of Taipei Main Station (near the train locomotive installation)
  • Drop-off PointRaohe Street Tourist Night Market/ Taipei Main Station


  • Experience the world renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, acclaimed by the Discovery Channel as “the second biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world”
  • Secured slots at this exceptional, limited-capacity event venue is guaranteed
  • Stroll along Shifen Old Street and relish its nostalgic ambiance
  • Delight in a joyful bus ride as you pass by the captivating venues of the Taipei Lantern Festival
  • Thoughtfully organized itinerary and transportation arrangements to sidestep traffic congestion
  • Select from two downtown Taipei City drop-off locations for your convenience
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 1 participant


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.

  • 13:00

    Meet the guide at Taipei Main Station, East Exit 2

    Assemble at the Exit East 2 of Taipei Main Station, where your tour guide will be eagerly awaiting your arrival near the train locomotive installation to welcome you.

    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 the Taipei Lantern Festival

    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. 

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

    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.

    Taipei 101 National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

    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.

  • 16:00-19:00

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

    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.

    Shifen Old Street Shifen Old Street

    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.

    Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

    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.

    Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2022

  • 19:40

    Drop off at Raohe Street Tourist Night Market

    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.

  • 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 will be conducted 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 10 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.
  8. Ensure you carry enough cash with you to cover your expenses for meals, beverages, souvenirs, tips, etc. Convenience stores and most of the eateries in Taiwan don't accept credit cards as a form of payment.

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. 



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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