• Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Experience the historic relics, natural wonders, and cultural traditions of Pingxi on this 5-hour tour from Taipei. Take part in the age-old tradition of releasing a Sky Lantern; discover the town’s coal mining heritage as you walk down Shifen Old Street; and marvel at the magnificent Shifen Waterfall. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.


  • 5-hour tour of Pingxi from Taipei, including Sky Lantern flight
  • Learn about Taiwan’s heritage with a visit the historic coal-mining town of Pingxi
  • Fly a Sky Lantern, an age-old tradition said to bring good luck
  • Stroll down Shifen Old Street, where movies such as ‘Dust In The Wind’ were filmed
  • Enjoy magnificent views of Shifen Waterfall
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei

Shifen Waterfall

Your tour begins with an 8.30am pickup from your central Taipei hotel by air-conditioned coach. Soak up the scenery as you drive through New Taipai City, then head into the countryside, winding along mountain roads into the Pingxi district.

After an around 40-minute drive, arrive in Pingxi, a historic coal mining town that played an important role in Taiwan’s 20th-century coal boom. Start your visit taking part in an age-old tradition – flying a Sky Lantern. The nostalgic ritual is said to bring good health and good fortune, and your guide will explain the origin of the tradition and how it’s become the focal point of the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Continue to Shifen Old Street, a lively street set around the historic Pingxi rail line, which was built in 1918, and now runs as a tourist train, following a scenic route through the Keelung River Valley. Hear how famous Taiwanese movies such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ‘Dust In The Wind’ were filmed here and pose for photos on the atmospheric street.

There’s just time for one more stop before returning to the city – the magnificent Shifen Waterfall, a natural wonder nicknamed the ‘Little Niagara of Taiwan’.

Back in Taipei, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Donato K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Had a wonderful day spent flying our own sky lantern with all our wishes, hoping the heavens would grant each one of them. The bustling old street is lined with shoppes selling fried ice cream, herbal tea, beautiful lanterns, souvenirs. The guide was excellent and the ride to and from Shifen was comfortable, passing the scenic mountainous landscape of rural Taiwan. Great tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Such a wonderful experience, loved my tour guide. He followed the lead of the group and keep us in time. He was also very helpful with taking pictures and caputring your moment


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a must do in Taipei very nice experience of a very old tradition


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Well paced and light tour, just nice for an AM tour, leaving the afternoon free for a late flight.

Lim A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Im glad I took this tour in my last day in Taiwan. Our tour guide is Tony and he is really professional. He explained about the places and took us to many places where we can take many good pictures, while he also helped us take our own pictures.

donaldducks Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Vehicle arrived on time at hotel. Sites were enjoyable and tour guide was pleasure. Highlight was the Sky Lantern


4 star rating: Recommended April 2018

Nice tour, but the bus that we rode does not have aircon.

Desmond A

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

Great experience to be looking around the old town of Taiwan

Maeve S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2017

The actual tour duration was a lot shorter than the advertised 5 hours as apparently a cushion is built in to allow for traffic more likely an issue on weekdays. But it was very nice - especially liked the waterfall...

Mikal T

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Good tour. Got picked up from our apartment and then shown to the waterfall. Our guide spoke OK English, not fluent but enough to understand. Then the Sky lantern was fun too in Old Shifen.
Would recommend if you have half a day to spare.

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