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

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Experience the historic relics, natural wonders, and cultural traditions of Pingxi on this half-day tour from Taipei. Discover 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.
  • Half-day tour of Pingxi from Taipei
  • Learn about Taiwan’s heritage on a visit to the historic coal-mining town of Pingxi
  • 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
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional tour guide
Admission fee and entrance ticket included in the itinerary
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Taipei City downtown only)
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from hotels in Taipei City Center. If the hotel lobby is located on an upper level, please meet the tour guide on the ground level of the hotel building. Exact pick-up time will be provided by local operator upon confirmation.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Taipei hotel by air-conditioned coach. Soak up the scenery as you drive through New Taipei City, then head into the countryside, winding along mountain roads into the Pingxi district.

Arrive in Pingxi, a historic coal mining town that played an important role in Taiwan’s 20th-century coal boom. Learn about the age-old tradition of releasing a sky lantern. The nostalgic ritual is said to bring good health and good fortune, and your guide explains 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shifen Station
Meet your tour guide and driver in the morning, then take a scenic ride to the suburban area and start a nostalgic tour of Taipei. Pingxi is one of the small towns that were once prosperous due to the coal mining industry in the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1997, many of the residents moved out, and these towns became silent and desolated. Even though the golden age may be long gone, Pingxi becomes well-known for being the film location of some movies and TV commercials. Sky Lantern launch in Taiwan originates from Shifen in Pingxi District. Nowadays, the lanterns are used as symbols of peace and good fortune, the world-renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a big yearly event that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year. Today you have an opportunity experience this on the train track: write a message, light the lantern and watch it fly to the sky.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shifen Old Street
There are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs and traditional snacks along the train track, you may enjoy a little shopping before we head for the next stop.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shifen Waterfall
Also known as Taiwan’s "Niagra Falls", Shifen Waterfall is the biggest cascading fall in Taiwan. It is also a popular scenic attraction and easily accessible by foot from Shifen Train Station. If the weather is good, it creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Your tour ends with return transport to your Taipei hotel in the noon.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Times and sequences are subject to change according to the weather and traffic condition.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with knee problems
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edison Travel Service

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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  • "This is less than a half day tour and probably better done by train gets very busy with lanterns and nice waterfall but not much else." See review
  • "It’s not actually 5 hours tour, more like 3 hours." See review

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A tour you could do on your own by train
Jamie R
, Dec 2019
This is less than a half day tour and probably better done by train gets very busy with lanterns and nice waterfall but not much else. Poor communication for pick up time prior as it is a mini buss with many stops no pre-email.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Jamie, Sorry for the poor service that you experienced. We will investigate the problems and improve our services in the future. Please accept our sincere apologies.
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star-5
Worth every penny
Voyager34342222004
, Jan 2019
This tour was very informative. The guide was punctual and explained a lot about Taipei and Taiwan as a country on the drive out. The Sky latern was amazing but would definitely suggest not doing it while it rains. The tour was covered everything that was necessary in the area and was more than adequate. We were back by lunch time which left the rest of the day free for other things. Tour does start very early (pick up was 7.30).
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It was fun
Aishy A
, Dec 2018
It could have been better if we stayed a little longer in our destinations, the tour was really nice especially the sky lantern experience,but I think they are little rushing. It’s not actually 5 hours tour, more like 3 hours.
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We had a great time. The lantern...
kazimiera.pioro
, Sep 2018
We had a great time. The lantern launching and waterfall viewing were particularly enjoyable though we felt bad for the few people whose lanterns ran into buildings or burned up after launch. Also a bit concerned about the impact of all that litter on the environment in particular the metal content of the lanterns. Other than that, no complaints. We only had three on the tour, us and one lady from Japan, so the tour was bilingual English/Japanese. Our host was cheerful and helpful. The old street walk wasn't really what we expected - we walked ourselves and didn't hear about movies or anything...was promised on the Viator page but no big deal as we don't really care about that. We'd recommend this tour.
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Highly recommended tour!
donkusuanco
, Jul 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.
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Nice tour, but the bus that we rode...
MA CHIARA D
, Apr 2018
Nice tour, but the bus that we rode does not have aircon.
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Such a wonderful experience, loved...
surayyah.rogers
, Jan 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
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This is a must do in Taipei very nice...
ielvisherrera
, Nov 2017
This is a must do in Taipei very nice experience of a very old tradition
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Great experience to be looking around...
Desmond A
, Jul 2017
Great experience to be looking around the old town of Taiwan
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The actual tour duration was a lot...
Maeve S
, Jun 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...
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