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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

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Taipei City, Taiwan
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel from Taipei to Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi. These charming, old-world destinations are great for romantic outings, nostalgic walks, and dining in traditional restaurants and teahouses. Take in amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes while getting taught about the area's history. Wander the narrow cobbled streets of Jiufen, a town famous for having been an inspiration for the Miyazaki classic 'Spirited Away.' Make sky lanterns by yourself and release them to send your wishes to the heaven in Pingxi, known for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Day trip from Taipei to Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport by luxury vehicle
  • Make your very own sky lanterns to send your wishes to the heavens, an experience not to be missed
  • Explore a former gold mine with a local guide
  • Explore the town of Jiufen, walk through narrow streets, and enjoy the amazing coastal views

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ideal for visitors on a time budget, this tour combines visits to Jinguashi, Pingxi, and Jiufen—a short trip from Taipei—in just one day.
Start your day trip to Jiufen and Pingxi with hotel pickup in Taipei, and settle into luxurious comfort aboard your vehicle. Driving along Taiwan’s northern coast, your guide makes a scenic stop for postcard views of the two-toned Yin-Yang Sea. Visit the Golden Waterfall, where the water's yellowish hue is formed from copper and iron deposits from old mines. Take in amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes while getting taught about the area’s history from a local man who worked in Jinguashi’s mining industry for over 60 years.   

On arrival in historical Jiufen, stroll the narrow, cobbled streets and learn about the town's inspiration for films such as the Oscar-winning animation 'Spirited Away.' Bring your own lunch or purchase a meal at a local eatery, followed by a relaxing stop at a teahouse (own expense).

In Pingxi District, follow your guide on foot down Shifen Old Street, lined with shops selling miniature sky lanterns. Whether or not you arrive for the Sky Lantern Festival, when up to 200,000 luminous lanterns are released into the sky, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own rice paper lantern and write wishes on it (one lantern per 4 participants), light a candle at its base and watch it take flight.

After the decline of the mining industry, the area these three towns are located in was revived as a popular tourist attraction and a center of history and culture. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Taipei, this tour will allow you to bask in the old-town atmosphere, take in beautiful scenery, and learn a thing or two about the area’s cultural heritage and you’ll transfer to your vehicle for the return drive to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jinguashi 13 Ruins
Learn about the history of Jinguashi
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yin Yang Sea
See the unique “Yin-Yang Sea” of the Shuinandong Area
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shifen Old Street
Create and release sky lanterns in Shifen, watching your wishes float skyward.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gold Waterfall
Visit the spectacular Golden Waterfall
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Exploring Jiufen (lunch at guest's expense)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience?
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This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "This trip is a must if you are planning on traveling to Taiwan." See review
  • "This is a good option as it is close to Taipei." See review
  • "I recommend doing this tour over trying to navigate these sites alone, I think you'd need a car." See review

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Fantastic 3 Le'Gap
maxmee
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour of these key places without the hassel. Fun n informative guide that made you feel at home. Make your own Sky lantern a must.
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Great day
alawrence3
, Feb 2020
My guides were were great . Went out of their way to assist me and make sure i had a wonderful day. Guides spoke excellent English and transport was very comfortable
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This is a must go tour!
abrahamshyun
, Jan 2020
The tour was amazing! Got to see a lot of beautiful and scenic views, especially the hillside/water view from Amei teahouse. We had a great time building our own sky lantern and walking down Shifen Old Street. Our tour host Michael was very knowledgeable and reliable, all the tips he gave us and the food he recommended were great. Would highly recommend this tour!
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Unforgettable
Melinda S
, Nov 2019
One of my favorite days of my life. Having the time to get out of Taipei for a day was so fun!!! The lantern experience and seeing some area outside of the area were a must!
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Fun Day
gemininsd2018
, Nov 2019
The temple had great views (Kong Mountain), food court was tasty, making and flying lantern a treat!!
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Fantastic experience!
BoonYeo
, Nov 2019
Pinxi and Jiufen is a must for Taiwan trip. We also have one of the very best English speaking tour guide , Claire , very helpful and ofcause knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend this guide to anyone that is visiting Taipei. Thumbs up!
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Excellent service and pleasant time achieved
TianaTrinhPhan
, Nov 2019
Thanks to our tour guide Vincent and the lovely driver, we did have a good time at the tour. Great photos, great tips and especially unique lantern making from scratch experience. Thanks a lot
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Lovely trip
Safari51090544623
, Nov 2019
Had a wonderful trip and my only complaint is watch out for pricing. Told a price online then found credit card overcharged,customer services are useless so would not recommend this company to anyone!
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Pretty good.
Anh V
, Oct 2019
Steven our guide was very knowledgeable. He even had an umbrella for when it rained. Excellent tour with plenty of places to go and plenty to see.
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Relaxed, fun day.
j0g0re
, Sep 2019
Amy, our guide, was fun and relaxed and knew heaps. The tour was also relaxed, full of interesting and beautiful views. Totally worth the price.

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