Send your hopes and dreams to the sky

Here’s one for your bucket list – watch 100,000 lanterns float into the sky at the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taipei! For all you Disney fans, doesn’t this remind you of the scene from Tangled?

pingxi lantern festival

This year, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2019 will take place on 19 February 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. For the uninitiated, the Pingxi Lantern Festival happens once a year in Taipei.  People gather to write their dreams and wishes for the year on lanterns and release them into the sky. In the past, these lanterns were released to let refugees hiding in the hills know that their town was safe to return to.

Klook your Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival tour and get ready to live out your Tangled Dreams! The tour is inclusive of transfers to and from tour stops, a guide as well as most importantly a sky lantern! Get picked up from Taipei Main Station and get ferried off to the Shifen Old Street!

You’ll be given plenty of free time to explore the area and of course attend the lantern festival and release your sky lantern. After which, you’ll get dropped off at the Raohe Night Market where you’ll get to feast on some of the yummiest Taiwanese street snacks!

  • 2:30pm meet up at Taipei Main Station East Gate Exit 2
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm visit Shifen Old Street
  • 6:30pm-8:15pm attend Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival & release sky lantern
  • 8:15pm head to Taipei City
  • 9:00pm drop off at Raohe Night Market
  • 9:30pm drop Off at Taipei Main Station

Here are some tips and tricks to making the most out of your Pingxi experience:

1. Bring a camera

Even if you’re not a professional photographer, you’ll definitely want to have a good camera in hand. You can expect hundreds of shutter clicks the moment the many many lit lanterns are released into the skies.

Better yet, if you want to take an Instagram story or even Facebook Live to share the moment with your loved ones, be sure to Klook a 4G WiFi device to ensure you have unlimited data for all those social media posts!

4G WiFi Device ( TW Airport Pickup)SGD 3.60/ DayFind out more!

2. Make a list of your aspirations in advance

shifen lantern taipei

With the huge crowds, you’ll be so distracted that you won’t be able to think of new year aspirations in the spur of the moment. We recommend coming prepared with a list of things you wish to write on your lanterns.

3. Explore the rest of Shifen and Jiufen in the day

shifen waterfall
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Take a walk to the Shifen Waterfalls and be rewarded with views of the stunning majestic falls. Plus, a little hike will do you good before you start feasting on all the street food in Jiufen,

amei tea house taipei jiufen

Fans of spirited away, this Amei tea house might look like a replica of the Miyazaki tea house from the movie. For tea break, sip a cup of oolong tea while munching on traditional Taiwanese snacks like pineapple pastry or brown sugar mochi.

Otherwise, fill your bellies with some of the most delicious street food in Taiwan. From traditional handmade fish balls to peanut ice cream rolls, you won’t be able to stop at just one! Check out our Taiwan food recommendations to make sure you save up enough tummy space.

Arrive before the crowds

taipei klook private car charter

If you’re planning to head there on your own, here are some tips for you! You can definitely expect a huge turnout of approximately 80,000 people, after all, everyone wants to live out their Disney dreams right?

If you hate squeezing with the crowds and want to travel to Shifen in ultimate comfort, Klook yourselves a private car charter!  Your driver will take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go! You won’t have to worry about squeezing on crowded subway trains or even worse, missing the subway train timing of your choice.

4 Hour Car CharterSGD 94.50Find out more!
8 Hour Car CharterSGD 180

Otherwise, from Taipei Main Station, take the northbound train towards Ruifang Station.  After that, transfer to the Pingxi Line and alight at Shifen.

Explore the rest of Taipei

taipei 101

If you’re looking for activities to fill the rest of your trip itinerary, we’d say the Taipei 101 is a definite must-visit on your trip to Taipei. Head up to the observatory deck of one of the world’s most iconic buildings for great views of the city!

jiufen taipei

Even if your visit doesn’t coincide with the Pingxi Lantern festival, Shifen and Jiufen are still worth paying a visit. Plus, you can release lanterns into the sky all year around! If you’re looking for a hassle free way of getting there, Klook yourself the Jiufen shuttle bus that will take you to Jiufen from Ximen.

Check out our Taiwan guide for tips and tricks to conquering Taiwan! If you’re lazy to plan your trip, here’s how you can spend 72 hours in Taiwan.