Pingxi, Jiufen Day Trip with Sky Lantern Release From Taipei

Cultural & Theme Tours in Taipei

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Travel to the remote mountain town of Pingxi, renowned for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Visit Shuinandong Area and see the unique blue and yellow color swirls in the “Yin-Yang Sea”, visit the spectacular Gold Waterfall, another unique and beautiful sight. Hotel transport from Taipei by luxury sedan, van or minibus is included. Numbers are limited to 7 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.
Your guide picks you up at your Taipei hotel in the morning and drives your small group to the Yin-Yang Sea, located on Taiwan’s northern coast. Stop here to view the fascinating two-toned sea where blue water is mixed with yellow mineral run-off from Jinguashi's old copper mines. You’ll also visit the nearby Golden Waterfall and marvel at this yellow-hued wonder.In Jiufen, walk the narrow streets and steep steps of this charming historical village, used as the set for several films including the award-winning Japanese anime Spirited Away. You can purchase lunch at a local eatery or bring your own. Then delight in a cup of Chinese tea at one of the many teahouses (own expense).Then, drive to Pingxi. On arrival, meander around Shifen Old Street to browse the souvenir shops for miniature sky lanterns. The village owes much of its fame to the Sky Lantern Festival where up to 200,000 glowing lanterns — made of oiled rice paper, satin or silk — are released together into the luminous sky. Even if you aren’t here for the annual festival, you won’t miss out on this magical tradition. Stop to write wishes on your own lantern (one lantern per 4 participants), light a candle at its base and watch it take flight. In the late afternoon you’ll return to Taipei by shared vehicle with drop-off at your hotel.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional English guide
  • Sky lantern (1 lantern per 4 people)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities


  • All entrance fees included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Small-group tour