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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 in Jinguashi and 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 Jiufen and Pingxi
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport by luxury vehicle
  • 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
  • Make your very own sky lanterns to send your wishes to the heavens, an experience not to be missed
  • Meet a local man who worked as a miner for decades and hear his stories and take on the history of Jinguashi
  • Explore the town of Jiufen, walk through narrow streets, and enjoy the amazing coastal views

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You’ll take a step back in time to Jiufen and Pingxi — two charming, old-style villages. They’re just a stone’s throw away from Taipei, making them ideal destinations for a day trip.

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What You Can Expect

Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip From Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

Shifen waterfall

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 (shared with one other person), 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.

Customer Reviews

Tin Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I had a great time on this tour! We went to visit the old gold mine in Jinguashi and heard stories from an old miner. We went to Jiufen and had a grand time exploring the site of and #34;Sprited Away and #34;, then made our own lanterns in Pingxi. Ting was an awesome tour guide! I highly recommend this tour!

Therese Camille A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fun day trip outside Taipei. My favorite was the sky lantern experience. We made our own lantern, wrote our wishes, and sent it up!

I like that the group is small, we didn't spend a lot of time waiting for people to regroup. Our guide spoke English well. In Jiufen, she showed us what to try and which are famous. The van is clean and comfortable. Water is provided and even WIFI!

I highly recommend this to everyone.

Natasha T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was a lot of fun! Our guide picked us up and took us to Jiufen, giving us interesting information about Taipei's history and development throughout the drive there. We met with a really nice 82-year-old man who used to work in the gold mines and shared his personally experience with us. We then enjoyed seeing the golden waterfall, having a nice lunch and exploring Jiufen old street, checking out the Shifen waterfall, and then writing our wishes on lanterns and sending them off. Beautiful sights, our guides were informative, and it's always an added bonus to meet really great people from all over the world too. Thanks for a great day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A really fun thing to do for Halloween! Shane was a very good leader. Really enjoyed the mine tour, too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a fantastic day with our small group of 5 people on this tour. On the way to Jiufen we saw the 2 colour sea and a beautiful waterfall then walked through the famous Jiufen town and tasted some local food and had lunch with a beautiful view. Drove to another amazing waterfall and short walk then onto Pingxi for the lantern release which was a unique experience,especially when the train comes through! Train ride to Jingtong and a walk through the old quaint station shops then headed back to Taipei.We were lucky to have Laura as our tour guide who was so friendly and did a wonderful job.I Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I did this tour last year and Aurora was fantastic. Very knowledgable and it was an interesting tour. Well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour but very rainy. Would have been even nicer if the weather would have been better. Nobodies fault Kelly the tourguide
was funny and very entertaining. Great personality. Loved the places we visited, the waterfalls, Jiufen, Grandpa a former employee
of a Japanese mining company in Jiufen, then of course Pingsi were we made our own lantern and let it fly. Would do this tour again
and highly recommend it.

Stephanie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of the huge highlights of my trip. If you splurge on a tour while in Taiwan, this one is worth it.

Nice small group that all spoke English. The lanterns were exciting to set off even during the day time. Jiufen was great and our guide led us to all the good cheap places to eat. Definitely worth the money as you have a air-conditioned van that will pick you up and drop you off. Tour started at a reasonable time and we returned just in time for dinner and night market activity.

Our guide Tina was so great. She was enthusiastic and I enjoyed everything she talked to us about when going to Pingxi and Jiufen. She was genuinely excited to show us around and was very helpful explaining and giving us recommendations on what to eat. I think she really made the tour.

Jolanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely fabulous. Claire and Mark were the best! Was the best tour ever.

Paul Michael Tan Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


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