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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

By MyTaiwanTour Travel Services
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Visit Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi on a full-day trip from Taipei that includes a traditional sky lantern experience in Pingxi. With door-to-door transport from Taipei hotels, this small-group tour is a convenient way to see Taiwan’s mountainous interior, where you find spectacular views across the coast, browse souvenir shops, and walk cobblestone streets in a pair of historic villages.
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S$159.29
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S$159.29
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Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
Duration:8h
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Ticket type:Mobile
Chinese, Japanese, English

Highlights
  • See the rural side of Taiwan’s coast and mountains
  • Visit the site of the Sky Lantern Festival to release a lantern
  • Group size limited to seven people for a more personalized experience
  • Pickup and drop-off at Taipei hotels means a convenient day

  • Professional guide
  • Lesson in sky lantern creation (1 lantern per 2 people)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meet a driver at your hotel in Taipei for the trip toward the Jinguashi, on Taiwan’s northern coast, where you can visit an old gold mine. Continue to the historic town of Jiufen, the set for the award-winning movie, 'Spirited Away,' and enjoy some free time to purchase lunch at a local restaurant and visit one of the town’s atmospheric teahouses. Following your time in Jiufen, head to Pingxi and browse the souvenir shops that line Shifen Old Street. Pingxi is the site of the annual Sky Lantern Festival, and you have the chance to join in the tradition by writing your wishes on a lantern, lighting a candle at its base, and watching it drift away over the village. After launching your sky lantern, begin the scenic journey back to Taipei, where this tour concludes.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will be advised two days before tour departure.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6279TPEPINGXI

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visiting Jiufen's old street includes walking up and down several flights of stairs. Please take this into consideration before booking this tour.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A minimum of 2 passengers is required to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements.
  • Exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will advised two days before tour departure
  • We will do our best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guests will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or full refund.
  • There will be a 100% charge for no-shows that is defined as arriving 15 minutes late.
  • In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience?
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What is the Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience?
Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience is hosted by MyTaiwanTour Travel Services. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact MyTaiwanTour Travel Services on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6279TPEPINGXI

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Jinguashi 13 Ruins
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 2
    Yin Yang Sea
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 3
    Shifen Old Street
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Gold Waterfall
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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A must do while in Taipie
I cannot recommend this tour enough. All you have to do is share what you are looking for and let them design, impr
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Awesome tour
Our guide Dillian guided us through several street stands. She pointed the specialties which were outstanding. Dil
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Highly recommended
Steven was a perfect gentleman and enthusiastic guide. He was able to answer all questions and tried his best to sh
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Trip down memory lane
Sanxia Old Street is a survivor from days gone by. The Old Street is composed of traditional shop-houses, from whic
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Taipei as you’ve never seen it!
Everything about this tour was great. Our tour guide James did an outstanding job of informing and guiding us, and
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Fantastic Day!
We had a fantastic day with our tour guide, James. Our tour started at Four Four South Village with a walk through
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Small island has lots to see
Taiwan is a small island with lots to see. Many people would be inclined to hire a car and drive themselves, but th
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I asked for a week-long private tour based on a couple of places I wanted to visit. Their itinerary was expensive (
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Tea Culture Day Tour was just what I needed
I went on this tour solo and was paired up with another solo person -- we both happened to be American and vegan by
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Scenic break from the Big City
This was the most expensive one day tour from Taipei, by My Taiwan Tours. We booked this so we could get a gondola
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McGuire
Oklahoma City, OK1 contribution
Jan 2020
Kevin picked us up at our hotel with a big smile and a warm welcome to Taiwan. It was raining and Kevin was prepared with umbrellas for us. It rained the remainder of the day but Kevin kept us so entertained and informed that we almost forgot it was even raining. We had to alter our day some because of the rain but Kevin had many options for us and he was very flexible. We had the most enjoyable day! Kevin is a big asset to the company!
Written 11 February 2020
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JO R
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
Esther was a fantastic tour guide. Full of enthusiasm, energy and personable, the day was very enjoyable filled with lots of interesting facts on the journey out to Juifen and Pingxi. Will highly recommend Esther as a tour guide as well as this particular day tour.
Written 4 January 2020
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Sandra R
Munich, Germany286 contributions
Feb 2020
Very professionally organised tour. A wonderful experience, which offered so many unforgettable moments. An amazing ocean panorama, a busy Jiufen street walking, an overwhelming time at the QungYun Temple and - as hoped - a successful Sky Lantern highlight!
Bill, the tour guide, was a rich resource of information and a friendly host.
Written 8 March 2020
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Jaypes
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the one day tour visiting Jiufen and Sky Lantern experience. Our guide Kevin was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and exceptionally helpful. He was such a pleasure to talk with and share his experiences with Taiwan and the sites we visited. He even took photos of us and sent them after the tour was done, great photographer! We highly recommend MyTaiwanTour and especially Kevin. Thank you for making our travels a memorable one!
Written 14 January 2020
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CZThiri
Singapore, Singapore68 contributions
Mar 2018
We have visited to Shifen and Jiufen at the same day on March 2018. We just went there by public transport. We started our journey from 11:30 am from Ximen and went to Taipei main station. From there take TRA to Ruifen station and from there take Pinxi small line and went to Shifen first. After explore the romantic views of Shifen went back to Ruifen with the train and from Ruifen station we took public transport bus and went to Juifen. Once you alight at Ruifen station you can see the bus no which can reach to Juifen Old Street. From Juifen we took bus no 1062 and went back to Taipei. Please note that there will be very long Q to take the bus no 1062.
Written 15 March 2018
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Nottm_Matt
Nottingham, UK290 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
An excellent tour to Pingxi and Jiufen with the opportunity to assemble, write on, and launch a Sky Lantern on the famous train line.

It was an amazing experience from start to finish, Lucy arrived at the hotel on time and as a small group we had a luxury mini bus to take us around the different locations. There was complimentary water and Lucy provided many facts and historical observations en route.

There were several different stops at the locations you will see in the many photos other visitors have uploaded. Plenty of time for photos, history, and interesting background like how to tell the difference between Buddhism and Taoism temples.

In Jiufen (the inspiration for the film, Spirited Away) you are left for just over an hour for lunch and to explore the little stores down the side roads. This was just enough time for our group. We walked up the long staircase to just under the Elementary School where we had Pork Buns and Dumplings at a great restaurant with a small balcony overlooking the stairs (photo attached), the staff spoke English and there was a mixed language menu board.

The final highlight was to be able to actually make the Sky Lantern at a shop which have been doing this for many, many, years. After you have launched your lantern, there is the chance to explore the village along the train line, and the old bridge at the far end near the station. The shop staff were really friendly and had a real love for what they were doing.

Lucy is a true advocate of Taiwan, and as a seasoned traveller herself, has lots of great stories to tell. I fully recommend this trip, it worked well for me as a solo traveller too.
Written 31 May 2019
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2016tlp
Adelaide, Australia330 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
What a fantastic day out seeing the country side of the NE part of Taiwan. Mark our expert guide was excellent in his commentary and care of our small group tour (much nicer than the big group tours. Ample time to explore destinations. Nothing was hurried and even suggestions for local cuisine tasting was recommended and greatly appreciated. The Lantern experience was not on the top of my list but when encouraged by our leader Mark and the group we all made our own large paper lanterns, adorned them with blessings then set then free to the sky - a serene experience with expert assistance - so no one was burned nor any failure to launch in our group (saw one next to us and it was not pleasant). Mark took group photos then sent to our emails - excellent service and a wonderful guide. HIghly recommend this trip.
Written 24 September 2018
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DonnaPG
Boston, MA39 contributions
Aug 2019
Phoebe was our guide and she had a trainee, Diane, who came along and was helpful herding the tourists.
They picked us at the hotel, precisely on time. The short bus was clean and comfortable. Phoebe had plenty of bottled water on board. She was very enthusiastic, telling of the agenda and descriptions and history at each point. Very approachable, she answered all our questions. There were 8 of us on the tour - all from the US.
First stop was a view of the abandon mining center north east of Taipei- apparently the pollution from the now defunct mines causes a unique divide on the bay, then a golden shimmer on both local waterfalls and river! The actual mine is now too toxic to go into! We went further into the mountains, and visited a temple (very lovely), then onto The Old Town street - a semi-inside set of food and trinket shops that seemed to go on forever. Thick with people and smells we had some great food there and bought the majority of our trip souvenirs there. To get back to the bus, we had to climb down what seemed like 1000 steep stairs (not for the faint of heart - and I was the one who was the least physically fit). Apparently, Phoebe and this tour saves tourists from having to climb UP these stairs to get into the Old Town. We stayed in this area a couple of hours
The last stop was the lantern ceremony. This is a very popular thing to do and there were lots of shops set up to make and launch the lanterns. Phoebe arranged for a shop and it was immediately ready for us to assemble the lanterns. The launch site is right on live commuter rail tracks so everyone scrambles when the train comes. There are two people to a lantern. Phoebe was a master at getting photos and videos of this whole process with our individual cell cameras- greatly appreciated. Our video of launching the lantern was a highlight of our trip - and already viewed many times.
Overall - a wonderful day trip exposing us to Taiwanese culture out of the city.
Negatives - It is brutally hot. Unbelievably hot and humid there. The tour has a fair amount of walking (including those 1000 steps). If you at all have bad knees, hips, back - you are probably not going to be happy. I was definitely the slowest one on my tour and my face was dripping with sweat every time I went outside the air conditioning. Drink as much water as possible. Not much you can do about the climate.
Written 3 September 2019
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singaporegreenmile
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
Went here for a short trip with the family. We arrive late in the afternoon which is our mistake. The sun strikes too hot so it was not comfortable walking around.
A lot of street food available, so be ready with some small change.
There will be a part that a train might pass by, so still have to be aware on it time to time.
Best part: eating sausage while walking.
Written 5 August 2019
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Van Le
2 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
We had an amazing trip thanks to our tour guide - Mark. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history of the area and had an amazing time exploring the highlights of Jiufen & Shifen. Highly recommended!!
Written 24 November 2018
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