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 with a visit the historic coal-mining town of Pingxi
Stroll down Shifen Old Street, where movies such as ‘Dust In The Wind’ were filmed
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 will explain 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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, 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.
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.
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.
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...
Im glad I took this tour in my last day in Taiwan. Our tour guide is Tony and he is really professional. He explained about the places and took us to many places where we can take many good pictures, while he also helped us take our own pictures.