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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 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 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
  • 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 Pingxi and Jiufen—a short trip from Taipei—in just one day.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional English guide
  • Sky lantern (1 lantern per 4 people)


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Your Taipei city hotel

Departure Time

9AM -9:30AM   
Exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will advised two days before tour departure

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

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.
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Hotel Pickup
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will advised two days before tour departure
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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, Mar 2019

Joy, our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. She made the trip quite memorable with her insights on the history of the sights. Our trip happened to be a long weekend in the country making walking around a bit of a struggle.

, Feb 2019

Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of team Esther. Just a fantastic guide. Informative, jolly and really helpful information about my whole trip.

, Dec 2018

Our family recently took the guided tour of Pingxi and Jiufen during our trip to Taiwan. This trip is a must if you are planning on traveling to Taiwan. Our tour guide, Esther was the best! She was knowledgeable about the history and culture of the local area and made our trip very enjoyable. Her command of English was excellent! She also helped us with sampling the local street food in Jiufen and was extremely kind and amiable. The sky lantern making and launching was an amazing experience. I highly recommend Esther from My Taiwan Tours to guide you on this memorable experience!

, Nov 2018

It was pretty rainy in Jiufen and we had to walk in puddles, despite having umbrellas we got soaking wet. I hoped that organizers would have different activities depending on weather conditions. Sky Lantern making/launching in Pingxi was fun though - I certainly recommend this part.

, Oct 2018

This was a really good tour! The van is well maintained and comfortable! We were given plenty of time to explore a long stretch of a street market on our own! The latern release was very nice! I highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Taipei!

, Sep 2018

This was amazing experience. My family had a wonderful time with the sky lantern and traveling around and seeing some sights. Well organized and well timed.

, Aug 2018

Kelly was a great guide -- providing the background and history of the places we visited. She is very funny and friendly and ensured we were all comfortable during the tour. The highlight was of course the sky lantern experience. It is something that shouldn't be missed when in Taiwan

, Jul 2018

If you are ever near Taipei, you must book this much fun! Building your own sky lantern, writing messages on each side before launching into the air was the highlight of the day. Actually the entire day was a learning experience about the history of the area. Its a MUST experience!

, Jul 2018

Jessica was awesome on educating us about all the locations and helped us have the best possible experience! She also tool great photos for us! Thank you!

, Jul 2018

Epson was the best tour guide of the 3 we had. He catered to us even when one of the tourist was limited on walking. Took me to a lunch spot where I had lunch on top of the mountain. He made our experience. amazing

Product code: 6279TPEPINGXI

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