2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

  • NTD 599 Pingxi Tour
  • February 1st, 2020 (Saturday)
    February 8th, 2020 (Saturday)
  • Guided Tours to Pingxi, DIY Rice Cake Making, Coupon, Limited Event Souvenir, Sky Lantern Flying

  • NTD 599 Shuangxi Treasure Hunting Fun
  • February 8th, 2020 (Saturday)
  • Guided Tour to Shaungxi Historical Street, Grass Weaved Grasshopper DIY, Coupon, Limited Event Souvenir, Local Cuisine, Sky Lantern Flying

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The “2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival,”
Taiwan’s Sole and Only Event to Witness Hundreds of Sky Lanterns Flying for Lighting up Hope Together
Three Pieces of Installation Artworks Launched before New Year now the Most Popular Check-in Locations

[New Taipei City] The “2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City” will be grandly held respectively on February 1 (Saturday, January 8 on lunar calendar) and February 8 (Saturday, the Lantern Festival, January 15 on lunar calendar) in Pingxi Junior High School and Shifen Square.It is the sole and only event in Taiwan, featuring group sky lantern flying up to the hundreds. At the same time under this year’s theme, “Lighting up the Hope Together,” there will be experiential tours to Pingxi and Shuangxi. At the venues on the event days, vouchers for sky lantern flying will be distributed and additionally, at 10:00 in the morning tomorrow (January 7), 800 reservations for sky lantern flying will be provided for the public to join the grand event via their experiential tours to Pingxi and Shuangxi. Participants will be able to reserve to witness the flying of hundred sky lanterns and your new year wishes will be granted to come true easily!

In addition to sky lanterns, beautiful and serene mountain city, Pingxi, features diverse ecology, charming railway landscape, nostalgia mining historical culture, and local snack foods to attract its visitors. Thus, this year’s events allow more visitors to add and update the itineraries to Shuangxi and Shuangxi. By working with the associations in the business district in the two towns, there will be 800 spots of NTD599 offered for registration to Pingxi and Shuangxi from 10:00 tomorrow (January 7) on the official event website (https://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/2020skylantern). Successful registrants of the experiential visit will be provided with limited reservations for sky lantern flies at night. For those who are interested, please do register online! The number of reservation are limited.

The Department of Tourism and Travel said on February 1st eight rounds of sky lantern flies will be launched with 100 sky lanterns each round while ten rounds are scheduled on February 8th with 150 each round. On the event days, starting from 10 a.m., visitors can receive their free vouchers of sky lanterns flying in Pingxi Junior High School and Shifen Square before participating in the evening flying event. Unlike on other days when the sky lantern was launched solely, on those two event days, hundreds of sky lanterns will fly together to make wishes come true easily because of “lighting up the hope together!” This on-site experience and grand views symbolize the fortunes and touching feelings recommended by international media that one can only have in Pingxi. This is also the key drive to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors who come from a long distance to this mountain township.

According to the Department of Tourism and Travel, New Taipei City, the “New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” is recommended by National Geographic Magazine as “one of the world’s most recommendable winter tour destination” and Reader’s Digest, listed Pingxi as “ one of the 40 destination sites one shall visit before 40 years old.” From six months before this yearly event, many international visitors begin their inquiries in order to take a part in this international festival in Taiwan, especially those from Japan, Korea, Europe, and the US. Thus, this year, the Department especially works with travel agencies and at least 1,200 international visitors are expected to take part in tours and sky lantern flying.

Furthermore, from Chinese New Year to the end of February, the New Taipei City Government will install three piece of sky lantern artworks in Pingxi including Pingxi Train Station, Pingxi Civic Center, and Shidi Bridge on Pingxi historical street. You are invited to check them out on social media when visiting these sites for sharing with friends!

Information of the 2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City
Event Date February 1, 2020 (Saturday) February 8, 2020 (Saturday, the Lantern Festival)
Event Time 18:00~20:30 17:30~20:30
Event Venue Pingxi Junior High School, New Taipei City (#295, 2nd Section, Jingan Rd., Pingxi District, New Taipei City) Shifen Square, Pingxi District, New Taipei City (#136, Nanshanping, Pingxi District, New Taipei City)

Grand Opening at Pingxi Junior High School on 2/1 and Shifen Square on 2/8
The Information on Traffic Control and Shuttles for Smooth Transportation on the day of Your Sky Lantern Trip to Pingxi
Pingxi Mountain-cleaning Fun Hike Maven, Wu Yuntian, Serving as a Guide Opens for Registration on 1/14
New Landmark to Check in on Social Media during the Spring Festival Three Sky Lantern Artistic Installations to be Unveiled

The 2020 Sky Lantern Festival in Pingxi, New Taipei City is an event featuring the release of one hundred sky lanterns all at once, which cannot be found elsewhere in the entire country. The events will take place at Pingxi Junior High School on 2/1 (Saturday) and at Shifen Square on 2/8 (Saturday, Lantern Festival). To keep the venue safe and transport the large amount of people going there, the New Taipei City Tourism and Travel Department has published information on traffic control and shuttle services today (13th). It hopes that people who are going to Pingxi for the Sky Lantern Festival would go via public transport to ensure a smooth and happy trip. In addition, the mountain-cleaning hike in Pingxi on 2/9 (Sunday) also features Wu Yuntian, a mountain-climbing expert, as a guide. People who love taking pretty photos have to come! There will be 3 sky lantern artistic installations unveiled during the Spring Festival in Pingxi. The dreamy macaron like colors will definitely make everyone possessed with the spirit of a young woman so excited and take so many photos that their hands go limp!

Read This to Get Info on Traffic Control and Shuttle Services to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival! Travel to Pingxi without "Getting Stuck"

For the New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival taking place on both 2/1 (Saturday) and 2/8 (Saturday), traffic control for cars and scooters will be imposed there from 9am to 12am. It is recommended that visitors ditch the idea of driving there and take the train or the shuttle bus instead, as it will be easier. As traffic control will be imposed on the two days of the event, the City Government has arranged for a shuttle service that take people to the mountain from the Taipei Zoo, Shiding, and Ruifang, and as there will be more people going to the event at Shifen Square on the day of the Lantern Festival (2/8), more shuttle services have been arranged to take people from Keelung and Shuangxi to Shifen.

As for fares, tourists going into the mountain will be charged. NTD 50 will be charged for those boarding at Taipei Zoo, NTD 30 for those boarding in Shiding, Ruifang, and Keelung, and NTD 15 for those boarding in Pingxi District. Both electronic tickets and cash are accepted. Leaving the mountain by shuttle buses will be free of charge as it is hoped that tourists could vacate quickly. On 2/8, taking the Shuangxi-Shifen route shuttle bus traveling between Shuangxi Railway Station and Jiping Bridge in Shifen will be free of charge. Moreover, the Taiwan Railways Administration will also provide additional trains for the Pingxi line. For the MRT routes and schedules, please check the official website for more information. Be sure to also check when the last train or bus leaves to prevent not being able to get home. The organizer asks that people cooperate by going to the venues by public transport. Make good use of the shuttle buses to prevent traffic jams and manage your time well to have a good time and get home safely!

Recycle to Get Gifts that Give Blessing and are also Environmentally Friendly

To create a sustainable symbiosis between the traditional sky lantern culture and the environment, the Environmental Protection Bureau will also hold a promotional event at the venue. On 2/1 in Pingxi, people can go to the Environmental Protection Bureau's stall with designated items and a designated amount of sky lantern paper or recyclable items to exchange for exquisite gifts. On 2/8 in Shifen, there will be interactive games designed to increase people's knowledge of the sky lanterns and recycling. It is hoped that tourists will learn the correct knowledge related to recycling through game participation. Except for the activities held on the days of the Lantern Festival event, the Environmental Protection Bureau has also planned recycling activities throughout the year. People who help recycle sky lantern paper will be able to exchange for environmentally-friendly and handy special trash bags or household items at the set times and locations in the local area.

Maven Mountaineer, Wu Yuntian, will be leading everyone on a fun hike to clean the mountain on 2/9!

To encourage people to experience not only the unique sky lantern traditional culture, but also the rich natural scenery in the mountain and help preserve the great mountains and water resources, the organizer is launching an event called “199 Pingxi Mountain Cleaning Fun Hike” again this year, calling for a hundred people to hike and clean the mountain. This year's hiking routes include 7 trails in Mount Xiaozi, Mount Guanyinyan, and Mount Wufen. Professional guides are assigned to each one of the routes to introduce the beauty of Pingxi's natural ecology and the features of the trails in the mountain to participants using easy and understandable descriptions. The events will be open for registration starting from 10am tomorrow (14th). There will be 5 sessions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Places are limited to 210 people. Instructor, Wu Yuntian, will be one of the guides in the morning. If you participate in the event, you will also be able to make your own sky lantern hanging ornament and get a limited souvenir designed to celebrate this year's Lantern Festival. Those who are interested can register by visiting the event's official website (http://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/2020skylantern).

Go to New Landmarks during the Spring Festival to Check in on Social Media Three Sky Lantern Installations will be Unveiled during the Spring Festival

here are more things to do other than participating in the annual international festival here in Pingxi. As there is a mountain ridge travel event being promoted this year, Pingxi was selected as one of the 30 classic mountain towns in Taiwan. Therefore, Pingxi is not only the home to sky lanterns but also a classic mountain town worthy of your in-depth visit. It is especially true this year, as it is the first time that three sky lantern artistic installations will be placed at the Pingxi Station, Shidi Bridge of Pingxi Old Street, and the square in front of Pingxi Civic Center in Pingxi District. They will be there until the end of February for people to take photos. The three artistic installations are all designed with features and images related to sky lanterns, including the big laser-sculpted artistic installation that merges and interweaves sky lanterns, the symbol of the Year of Rat, and the beautiful sceneries of clouds and mountains, as well as a Torii with Pingxi's landmark and colorful lanterns. They will definitely grab a lot of attention! Don't miss these three "Limited-in-Pingxi" artistic installations during your visit to Pingxi during the Spring Festival. Take as many photos as you like. Check in on social media. Share. Witness the beauty of Pingxi, the classic mountain town.

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The Story of Sky Lantern


Sky, according to folk customs, is the location of Sky Palace where the supreme sovereign of all gods - the Jade Emperor (Heavenly Grandfather), and the rest of the deities that protect all people on earth reside. In the past, people worshiped the sky for blessing. For Han people, the sky represents the mighty god that protects every life on earth.
Sky lanterns are also known as Kong Ming lanterns. Allegedly, it was invented by Zhuge Liang in the era of Three Kingdoms when he was trapped by Xima Yi during the battle of Pingyang City. He invented this kind of large lanterns that are capable of floating high up in the sky using heated air as its power source, successfully making contact with the outside world for military communication purpose. Later, the sky lantern was used by people to pray for blessings from the Gods in the sky. By flying a sky lantern on the Lantern Festival, you can “send a message directly to the Gods of Heaven”, and pray for their blessings.
The origin of sky lantern flying in Pingxi can be traced back to the years of Daoguang. At that time, thefts and robberies in Pingxi were a serious problem, and the settlers had to retreat to the mountains. After the threat was dealt with, setters who chose to stayed in the village flied a sky lantern as a signal of safety to inform their families to return home. This afterwards became a local custom. Villagers often write down their wishes and prayers to the deities on sky lanterns and flied them on January 15th of the Lunar Calendar, the Lantern Festival, for harmony and luck. Therefore, sky lanterns are also referred to as “blessing lanterns” or “harmony lanterns”.
Surrounded by mountains, Pingxi in New Taipei City has the advantageous geographic location. With the average of humidity up to 75-80%, its rainy and humid weather makes it the only place certified by the government that is safe to fly sky lanterns. Thanks to the unique weather in Pingxi, we are able to preserve and pass down this traditional culture in different manners.

天燈由來

The tradition of releasing sky lanterns during the Lantern Festival has a history of 100 years. First held in 1999, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival has moved on to the 22nd year. Over time the Pingxi Lantern Festival has gained a reputation for being the brightest, happiest and most heart-warming event in Taiwan.

Event Program


Event in Pingxi
Event in Shifen

On-site registration starts at 10:00 am and ends when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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Activities


Event Item NTD 599 Pingxi Tour NTD 599 Shuangxi Treasure Hunting Fun NTD 199 Pingxi Mountain-cleaning Fun Hike
Fee $ 599 $ 599 $ 599 $ 199
Event Information
Date and Time 2/1
(Saturday)
2/8
(Saturday)
2/8
(Saturday)
2/9
(Sunday)
Morning / Afternoon
Number of Visitor Allowed 400 200 200 210
NTD 599 Pingxi Tour (2/1 & 2/8)

Pingxi, the hometown of sky lantern, offers visitors not only the grand annual sky lantern festival but also the beautiful and serene mountain sceneries, diverse ecologies, charming railway landscape, nostalgia mining industrial culture, and tasty local delicacies. Hence, via tours guided by historical arts and cultural workers, historical streets visits and DIY events, visitors will get to know something about Pingxi that’s not lanterns. Each and every one of you is welcome to revisit this beautiful mountain township.

Event Schedule
Group 1 2 3 1 2
Date and Time 2/1 (Saturday) 2/8 (Saturday)
12:30

15:00
13:00

15:30
13:30

16:00
12:30

15:00
12:30

15:00
Number of Visitors Allowed 140 140 120 100 100
Tour Contents
  • Guided Tours to Pingxi: Guided by local arts and cultural workers, visitors will be introduced to the history and featured destinations of Pingxi (the historical street, Guanyin Baxian Cave, air-raid cave during the Japanese colonial period, Peace Bell)
  • DIY Rice Cake Making: Visitors will have the chance to have hands-on experience at making and tasting tasty Taiwanese traditional snack food, Red Turtle Custard.
  • NTD 100 Coupon: With this coupon, visitors will be able to redeem NTD 100 when they shop at select stores (※ Coupons are available during 2/1-2/8 and there will be no changes given. Coupons can be used at select stores with stickers in Pingxi, Jingtong and Shifen. For more information regarding the select stores, please visit our event website.)
  • Sky Lantern Flying (1 lantern for 4 persons): Join and witness the scene of hundreds of sky lanterns flying together.
  • Limited Event Souvenir: Each visitor will receive one “2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City” embroidery luggage tag.
Fee

NTD 599 for registration

Event Itinerary
2/1 → Group 1
Time Event Item
12:00 - 12:30 Square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
12:30 - 14:00 Guided Tour to the Historical Street Redeeming NTD100 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
14:00 - 15:00 DIY Lucky Rice Cake
15:00 - 17:00 Visitors shall arrive at the Sky Lantern Flying venue on their own.
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying- Pingxi Junior High School(1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
2/1 → Group 2
Time Event Item
12:30 - 13:00 Square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
13:00 - 14:00 DIY Lucky Rice Cake
14:00 - 15:30 Guided Tour to the Historical Street Redeeming NTD100 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
15:30 - 17:00 Visitors shall arrive at the Sky Lantern Flying venue on their own.
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying-Pingxi Junior High School (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
2/1 → Group 3
Time Event Item
13:00 - 13:30 Square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
13:30 - 15:00 Guided Tour to the Historical Street Redeeming NTD100 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
15:00 - 16:00 DIY Lucky Rice Cake
16:00 - 17:00 Visitors shall arrive at the Sky Lantern Flying venue on their own.
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying-Pingxi Junior High School (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
2/8 → Group 1
Time Event Item
12:00 - 12:30 Square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
12:30 - 14:00 Guided Tour to the Historical Street Redeeming NTD100 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
14:00 - 15:00 DIY Lucky Rice Cake
15:00 - 17:00 Visitors shall arrive at the Sky Lantern Flying venue on their own. (by train or shuttle bus).
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying-Shifen Square (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
2/8 → Group 2
Time Event Item
12:00 - 12:30 Square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
12:30 - 13:30 DIY Lucky Rice Cake
13:30 - 15:00 Guided Tour to the Historical Street Redeeming NTD100 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
15:00 - 17:00 Visitors shall arrive at the Sky Lantern Flying venue on their own. (by train or shuttle bus).
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying-Shifen Square (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
How to Register
  • Online: Online registration(The event website of the 2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City
  • On-site: Starting from 10:00 on 2020/01/07 (Tuesday) until full booking
  • Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and the system will send out relevant information regarding successful registration. After receiving the notice, payment shall be made according to the designated time to secure your registration, otherwise your registration will be cancelled and replaced by the next person registered.
NTD 599 Shuangxi Treasure Hunting Fun (2/8)

Adjacent to the “hometown of sky lantern” Pingxi, Shuangxi District also has crystal clear creeks and is surrounded by mountains. It used to be an important relay for Danlan Ancient Road, which preserves the legacy of the mining industry. In recent years, Shuangxi has been known for its environmental protection achievements, and the diverse ecological environment makes it a paradise on earth. A visit to 100-year old Chinese pharmacy, 50-year authentic pastry shop and iron forge allows visitors to get to know its rich cultural history. Additionally, there are several featured B&Bs, an ideal destination for your vacation. Thus, through the tour of Shuangxi Treasure Hunting, the taste of local cuisine, and the interesting grass weaving DIY activity, visitors will get to know this paradise better. Each and every one of you is welcome to revisit Shuangxi!

Event Schedule
Group 1 2
Date and Time 2/8 (Saturday)
09:30

15:00
10:00

15:30
Number of Visitor Allowed 100 100
Tour Contents
  • Guided Tour to Shaungxi Historical Street: Guided by local historical and cultural workers, visitors will be introduced to the history and featured ecologies of Shaungxi.
  • NTD 50 Coupon: With the voucher, visitors will be able to redeem NTD 50 when they shop at select stores (※ Coupons are available on 2/8 and there will be no change given. Coupons can be used at select stores with stickers in Shuangxi. For more information regarding the select stores, please visit our event website.)
  • Local Cuisine: Unique meals prepared with local products.
  • Grass Weaved Grasshopper DIY: Visitors will be taught to make a special souvenir, the grass weaved grasshopper and they will be able to bring home the finished craft and sweet memories.
  • Limited Event Souvenir: Each visitor will receive one “2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City” embroidery luggage tag.
  • Sky Lantern Flying (1 lantern for 4 persons): Join and witness the scene of hundreds of sky lanterns flying together.
Fee

NTD 599 for registration人

Event Itinerary
Group 1
Time Event Item
09:00 - 09:30 Meeting at Shuangxi Train Station
09:30 - 11:00 Guided Tour to the Historical Street, Redeeming NTD50 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
11:00 - 15:00 Taking the designated bus to Pinglin Recreational Farm for specialty cuisine, ecological guided tour and grass weaving DIY
15:00 - 15:30 Taking the designated bus to Shifen Transit Station
15:30 - 17:00 Stroll on Shifen Historical Street
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying- Shifen Square (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
Group 2
Time Event Item
09:30 - 10:00 Meeting at Shuangxi Train Station
10:00 - 11:30 Guided Tour to the Historical Street, Redeeming NTD50 Consumption Voucher at the Business District
11:30 - 15:30 Taking the designated bus to Cha Hua Village Recreational Farm for specialty cuisine, ecological guided tour and grass weaving DIY
15:30 - 16:00 Taking the designated bus to Shifen Transit Station
16:00 - 17:00 Stroll on Shifen Historical Street
17:00 - Report to the Main Venue of Sky Lantern Flying- Shifen Square (1 sky lantern for 4 persons)
How to Register
  • Online: Online registration(The event website of the 2020 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City
  • On-site: Starting from 10:00 on 2020/01/07 (Tuesday) until full booking
  • Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and the system will send out relevant information regarding successful registration. After receiving the notice, payment shall be made according to the designated time to secure your registration, otherwise your registration will be cancelled and replaced by the next person registered.
Rules
  1. Participants should report to the check-in site on their own. To avoid traffic jams, please make use of public transportation.
  2. Recommended items to carry with you: an umbrella, a hat, water, and the necessary personal items.
  3. Please check your own mental and physical status and please do not join the tour if you do not feel well.
  4. Bring your identification documents for the verification purpose.
  5. Please follow your group and itinerary.
  6. Participants need to follow the itinerary and the instruction of your guide and try not to fall behind. Pay attention to the situation on site. Do not leave your group if it is not leisure time yet.
  7. In case of a poor weather, concerning the safety of participants, we retain the right to decide the itinerary. If there is any change, prior announcement will be made one day in advance of the event on our website.
  8. Each group has at least 30 participants.
  9. Refund :
    • 80% of registration fee will be refunded after deducting necessary fees (remittance and postage) to those who cancel their registration before 01/21 (including 01/21).
    • 50% of registration fee will be refunded after deducting necessary fees (remittance and postage) to those who cancel their registration between 01/22-01/29 (including 01/22 and 01/29).
    • No refund will be made to those who cancel their registration on and after 01/30, are late for event check-in, or fail to inform their absence.
    • If the event is delayed due to events of force majeure, participants can decide whether they want to join the tour or cancel it, a full refund will be made if they choose the cancel the tour. If the event is cancelled due to events of force majeure, we will also provide full refunds.
  10. Any behavior that’s against the law and public order or infringes other people’ rights is not allowed; any violation shall be the sole responsibility of the participant.
  11. For contents not listed in this rule, we retain the right to make adjustments, suspend, or cancel the event at any time. Additional announcements will be made on the event website.
NTD 199 Pingxi Mountain-cleaning Fun Hike (2/9)
About the event

Expert mountaineer Wu Yun-tian was invited to call on like-minded people who enjoy the experience of living happily in the mountains to listen to the professional guided tours provided by local cultural workers and take action to bring garbage out of the mountain with them, helping to keep the Pingxi hiking trails clean. Then, people will make exclusive sky lantern ornaments themselves and go back loaded with prayers. By keeping the beautiful sceneries of the mountain village, the traditional sky lantern culture can be preserved while allowing for sustainable tourism development.

Date

February 9th, 2020 (Sunday); morning session lasts from 09:30 to 12:00 (5 rounds), afternoon session lasts from 13:30 to 16:00 (2 rounds). There are 7 rounds in total.

Co-organizer

Pingxi Township Business District Association, Long'an community development association.

Number seats open for registration

210 seats in total. The organizer will divide them up by 30 people per round.

Fee

NT$199 (guided tour of the mountain-cleaning trail and the sky lantern hanging ornament crafting activity, and a limited souvenir designed to celebrate the 2020 New Taipei City Pingxi Lantern Festival are included)

How to register
  • To register, please visit the official website of the event, "2020 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" athttp://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/2020skylantern
  • Registration dates and time: Registration starts at 10am on January 14th, 2020 (Tuesday)
  • Notes:
    1. Registration fee has to be paid in advance. First come, first served. Those who have registered will have to pay before the date specified in the confirmation letter. If they fail to do so, they will be disqualified, and their seats will be taken by whoever is on the top of the waiting list.
    2. Capacity: At most 210 people. One can choose to attend the the morning or the afternoon session when one registers. (Who will be attending for round one will be decided by the organizer.)
Morning Session
Event Info
  • Meeting time and location: 09:00-09:30 at the square in front of Pingxi Civic Center
  • Duration of the event: 09:30-12:00, totaling approximately 2.5 hours
  • Venue of crafting activity: Pingxi Civic Center
Hiking trails included in the route Mount Xiaozi, Mount Dongguakeng hiking trail, Mount Guanyinyan hiking trail, Lingjiaoliao hiking trail, Mount Sheshi hiking trail
Afternoon session
Event Info
  • Meeting time and location: 13:00-13:25 at Long'an Community Civic Center
  • Duration of the event: 13:30-16:00, lasting for approximately 2.5 hours
  • Venue of the crafting activity: Long'an Community Civic Center
Hiking trails included in the route Mount Wufen hiking trail, Shifen Daowanggu industrial road
Rules
  1. 1. This is a mountain-cleaning event, which differs from recreational hiking. Weather conditions may affect the conditions of the hiking trails. Children under the age of 7 (born before February 9th, 2013) are not allowed to attend.
  2. The venue and procedures of each round will be decided by the organizer, which will follow the principle of having 30 people in each round. Please cooperate.
  3. Please bring your personal ID documents to facilitate the verification procedure.
  4. Those that fail to report their arrival personally are considered to have given up their rights. The fee will not be refunded.
  5. Participants have to go there by themselves. They are advised to take public transportation to prevent being caught in a traffic jam.
  6. Participants need to follow the itinerary arranged by the tour guide. Stay close together as a group, keeping a distance that is close enough to respond to people in front and behind. Be aware of what is happening around you. Do not stray from the group when it is not time for independent activities.
  7. Things to bring: Rain gear, hat, water, gloves, warm clothing, hiking shoes, essential personal items.
  8. This event is challenging to a certain extent, please consider your ability. Participants need to be aware of their physical conditions. Please evaluate your own health conditions carefully. If you are suffering from any discomfort, please do not force yourself to attend. Those who attend and conceal their illness will have to be responsible for themselves. The organizer will not take any responsibility.
  9. The event has purchased accident liability insurance. Those who have the need to buy more insurance will have to do it themselves.
  10. Participants need to follow the itinerary arranged by the tour guide. Stay close together as a group, keeping a distance that is close enough to respond to people in front and behind. Be aware of what is happening to group members. Do not stray from the group when it is not time for independent activities.
  11. In case of bad weather, the tour guide and the organizer reserve the right to decide whether or not the event is to be carried out as scheduled for safety concerns. Should there be any changes, they will be announced 1 day before the event on the event website.
  12. Refund:
    • Those who cancel before and on January 30th will be refunded 80% of the remaining fee after the deduction of the necessary handling fee (remittance fee, postage, etc.).
    • Those who cancel on and before January 31st to February 6th will be refunded 50% of the remaining fee after the deduction of the necessary handling fee (remittance fee, postage, etc.).
    • Those who cancel on the day of the event on February 7th or after this date and those who fail to meet up on time or fail to make it known that they are not participating in the tour will not be refunded.
    • Should the event be postponed due to force majeure, such as natural disasters, participants have the right to decide whether they are to attend or not. The organizer will offer a full refund if they decide not to attend. Should the event be canceled, the organizer will also offer a full refund.
  13. Applicants are prohibited from engaging in any act that violates the laws, public order, good morals or infringing on the rights of others participating in the event. Applicants who commit any violations shall bear all legal liabilities. It has nothing to do with the organizer.
  14. The organizer reserves the right to amend, suspend or annul the contents of this event at any time, in case of any matters not completely covered in detail.

Travel Information


Jingtong
Jingtong Train Station
Jingtong Train Station

It is hard for tourists to imagine that this tiny station used to be a major coal transportation hub in the past. The quaint appearance of the station attracts countless rail enthusiasts in taking souvenir pictures. It was selected as one of the Top 100 historical attractions of Taiwan in 2001.

Jingtong Old Street
Jingtong Old Street

Jingtong was a prosperous town due to the railroads. The hustle and bustle of old street is adjacent to the entrance of Jingtong Station. The increasing influx of visitors spurred the rise of shops. Local snacks, agricultural products and souvenirs can be found in special shops. Tourists can write wishes on bamboo tubes and hang them on eaves along the railway. Bamboo tubes will hit each other, making a beautiful sound while tourists touch them. People who don’t know may think that the sound comes from Japanese clogs!

Jingtong Coal Mine Museum
Jingtong Coal Mine Museum

The museum presents the history of the coal industry in Jingtong. All mines in this area have been shut down, but they have left a considerable industrial heritage. These sites have turned into tourist attractions with local characteristics. The museum provides visitors with an in-depth understanding of local historical artifacts and native culture.

Sky Lantern Station
Sky Lantern Station

The Sky Lantern Station is made of 9-meters high glass curtain wall in the shape of a sky lantern, installed with nearly 200,000 LEDs. Second floor is where the tourist info counter and the food court are, while third floor is the observatory platform. The architecture combines with features of sky lantern culture in Pingxi by incorporating local landscape and skyline of Pingxi, just like a sky lantern standing at the end of Jingtong Historical Street that prays for blessings for Pingxi!

Jingtong Coal Memorial Park
Jingtong Coal Memorial Park

Jingtong Coal Memorial Park, located behind Jingtong Station and next to Shi-Ti Slope Mine, is now a tourist attraction where tourists can see the entrance of the pit made of piling-up stones. Scenes of coals transporting from the Slope Mine during the mining rush of Shidi seemed vivid again. Flourishing plants flourish and intertwined tree roots created a special wall at Jingtong Coal Memorial Park, attracting visitors to capture this incredible image with cameras. Walking in the Park seems to lead you back 100 years ago.

Shi-Ti Slope Mine
Shi-Ti Slope Mine

Shi Ti Slope Mine is located above the Jingtong Train Station of the Pingxi Railway Line. Completed in 1937, it is also known as the old mine. Taiyang Gold Mine Office has mines all over Pingxi and Shiding. To save transport cost, Taiyang built the Shi-Ti Slope Mine and altered the original out-of-mine transport system.

PingXi
Pingxi Station
Pingxi Station

Pingxi used to be called “Shidiyi”. The train heading to Jingtong will pass an iron bridge which crosses the Cankeng Stream from which you can overlook Pingxi and the Shidi cluster. You will see Zhonghua Street after exiting the station. Walking along the slope downward, you will come to Pingxi Street. This area is the Old Street area. The station is located between Pingxi and Lingjiao at a commanding location with the Keelung River beneath it. Birds flock to the old tree at the entrance and try to find something to eat. Tourists may have the chance to see them nose-diving to catch prey.

Pingxi Old Street
Pingxi Old Street

Ancient houses and buildings are located on the steep slopes on either side of the railroad track. Traditional grocery, hardware stores and little restaurants are prominently located in this area, bearing witness to the simple and rustic lifestyles of the local residents.

Old Mailbox at the Pingxi Post Office
Old Mailbox at the Pingxi Post Office

The locals claim that this upright mailbox in front of the post office has been in use since the Japanese colonial period. This old mailbox has been preserved due to its location on a high slope, adding a unique aura to the local post office.

Pingxi Air-raid Shelter
Pingxi Air-raid Shelter

In WWII Pingxi became a prime target for air raids due to its highly productive coal mines. Local residents therefore dug five tunnels near Guanyingyen which served as air-raid shelters. The seemingly endless tunnels provide a glimpse of the discipline and caution of the area's forefathers.

Mt. Xiaozi
Mt. Xiaozi

Mt. Xiaozi looks like “Huangshan Mountain” from a distance; therefore, it is nicknamed “Little Huangshan”. Mt. Xiaozi has a peak elevation of 360 meters. Tourists can see the Keelung River valley from the peak. There are four or five special and steep peaks nearby. Mt. Xiaozi is small and steep, with its main peak composed of stones. Tourists can walk upward along the industrial road next to the Taiwan Power Office on County Lane 106. After climbing up a suspended iron ladder on the vertical stone wall, you can see the Keelung River valley and overlook the stone stairs on the Cimu Peak and Putuo ridgeline. The view is out of this world.

Pingxi Sidi Bridge
Pingxi Sidi Bridge

In the famous movie “You’re the Apple of my Eye”, the male and female protagonists launch a sky lantern together. This classic scene where the male protagonist confesses his love was shot on this bridge. This setting is ideal for a romantic date.

Pingxi Library
Pingxi Library

The library has an expansive view. In between book pages, one can admire the passing trains of the Pingxi Line. Hopping about on the station slopes are Taiwan blue magpies, listed as a protected species. Reading, trainspotting, and bird watching can all be enjoyed at the Pingxi Library.

Lingjiao
Lingjiao Train Station
Lingjiao Train Station

This area was cleared by Lin Guo-Hua, a native of Xinghua, during the Qianlong period. It was named “Lingjiao” due to its location south of over 700 meters above sea level of Mt. Jiangziliao. This is the only curved railway platform on the Pingxi Branch Line, with an angle of 108 degrees, making it resemble a smiling face. It is a popular spot for photography.

Ancient Lingjiao Bridge
Ancient Lingjiao Bridge

Viewed from a distance the newly built Pingyang Bridge and the older bridge form a semi-circle on the plateau. The new bridge was built roughly six decades after the old bridge was completed. A viewing platform opposite the bridges allows visitors to take group photos with the uniquely shaped bridges as the backdrop to capture beautiful memories.

The Tsai Residence
The Tsai Residence

This Western-style residence which is located behind the Lingjiao Station is a gorgeous red-brick structure featuring an arched arcade and a wide-open courtyard. Images of the male and female owners dressed in cheongsams combing their pomaded hair appear in the minds of visitors. This is an ideal spot to capture nostalgic images of Taiwan of the 1930s and 1940s.

Dishuiguanyin
Dishuiguanyin

Located in Lingyan Temple in Lingjiao Township of Pingxi, New Taipei City. Because there are a lot of natural stone caves where water drops all year round, stalactite-like limestones are formed. One of the limestones looks like Guanyin so the residents calls it “Dishuiguanyin” and come to the place to worship.

Wanggu
Wanggu Train Station
Wanggu Train Station

This station which was originally named “Qinghe” Station and Dahua Station were built to meet the needs of coal miners. After the closing of the mines, the station was renamed “Wanggu Train Station” at the request of local residents.

Qinghe Suspension Bridge Ruins
Qinghe Suspension Bridge Ruins

The “Qinghe Suspension Bridge” used to span the Keelung River. The bridge was dismantled a long time ago and only the tall A-shaped towers remain, bearing witness to the long history of coal mining and transportation in this area.

Wanggu Waterfall Appreciation Trail
Wanggu Waterfall Appreciation Trail

This is one of Wanggu’s ancient trails which have recently been restored by the New Taipei City Tourism and Travel Department. This public path is ideal for families and lovers. It gives hikers a glimpse of the beauty of the waterfall layers and allows them to explore the rich natural ecology and enjoy the celestial sounds and rhythms of the creeks and the waterfall.

Wanggu Waterfall
Wanggu Waterfall

The Wanggu Waterfall consists of four layers known as fall 1, 2, 3, and 4. The natural beauty of the ponds and mountains of the Wanggu Waterfall are hidden in a valley resembling a Xanadu cut off from the world. Snow-white water pours down in myriad silk strands generating a refined and sophisticated physical, mental and spiritual experience.

Shifen
Shifen Train Station
Shifen Train Station

This is the largest station and a major rail intersection on the Pingxi Branch Line. The train drivers must exchange ancient copper tablets (train passage permits) at this station before they are allowed to continue their journey. Shifen Old Street and Jingan Suspension Bridge, which are located in the vicinity of the station, attract many visitors who capture photographic memories of these sites.

Shifen Old Street
Shifen Old Street

The most unique feature of the Old Street is that it is linked and connected just like a rail track. The distinct look and “feel generated by the tracks and passing trains” explains why quite a few local pop singers have selected Shifen Train Station as the backdrop for their music videos. The famous movie director Hou Hsiao-Hsien shot “Dust in the Wind” at this site. Visitors of the Shifen Old Street can experience the vibrant and multi-faceted atmosphere.

Jingan Suspension Bridge
Jingan Suspension Bridge

The bridge was constructed in 1947 for the purpose of transporting coal. It is located in the vicinity of Shifen Station and the Old Street. The bridge which is painted in blue and white spans the Keelung River and has turned into one of the most photographed attractions.

Shifen Waterfall
Shifen Waterfall

This cascade-type waterfall which has been designated the “Niagara Falls” of Taiwan features rock steps that are arranged contrary to the water direction in inverse slanted layers. The waterfall appears majestic and spectacular. The pond is always covered in mist. If the waterfall is drenched in sunlight, an inclined rainbow appears over it. This site is therefore also known as the “Rainbow Abyss”.

Yanjindong Waterfall
Yanjindong Waterfall

Yanjindong Waterfall is right above Shifen Waterfall. It looks like a pair of glasses so it is called “Yanjindong”. The waterfall is 6 meters tall and 6 meters wide. Water exits from two holes, Like it's passing through nostrils. Tourists can see the complete scene from the suspension bridge. It is an interesting experience. Yanjindong Waterfall formed due to erosion. The walls of the trench have been eroded by water for a long time, creating the two holes.

Shifen Visitor Information Center
Shifen Visitor Information Center

The Shifen Visitor Center serves the Shifen, Xinliao and Nanshan regions, within which there are abundant natural resources such as spectacular clusters of waterfalls and the ingenuously chiseled Dahua Pothole. Visitor information service is provided here.

Dahua
Dahua Station
Dahua Station

There used to be no train station in Dahua due to its low population. However, a station was established in 1949 because of the rise of mining. Later in 1994, the station became a self-service station due to economic reasons. Walking within the green scenery while chatting with family or friends is the best way to relax! Dahua is sparsely populated; therefore, it seems like an empty township except on holidays. Roaming around Dahua, you can completely enjoy the sweet and fresh air and listen to the symphony of nature.

Shuangxi
Shuangxi Historical Street
Shuangxi Historical Street

Shuangxi Historical Street is close to Sanzhong Temple, while the street isn’t much, most of the old buildings on the street remain intact, including the 100-year old Lin Yi-He’s Chinese Medicine Store, Chou’s Historical House and Shuangxi Church. Unlike crowded and busy historical streets in Shenkeng and Pingxi, Shuangxi Historical Street gives visitors the serene feeling and the chance to appreciate historical buildings with some peace and quiet. You can find interesting and nostalgia goodies in this small town, sometimes people came here just for the excitement of discovery! Come and try it yourself, maybe you’ll be surprised by what you could find!

Hupao Pond
Hupao Pond

Located nearby Taiping Elementary School, Hupao Pond is the origin of North Branch of Beishi Creek. It was named due to two hills by the pond looking like a tiger and a leopard. This deep pond has crystal clear water and pleasant sceneries. In autumn, visitors often come here for Chinese silver grasses. At present, the area has waterfront landscape zone, ecological wooden walking trail, and an observatory platform where visitors can look out the natural beautiful scene of the Pond. On holidays and weekends, hikers and young students often come here for fish watching, water activities, camping, BBQ, and the beautiful pond sceneries. Visitors can also bring some toast to feed the fish to enjoy this joyful and unforgettable experience.

Bu Yen Pavilion
Bu Yen Pavilion

The Pavilion was named from one of the poems of Li Bai, “never get bored at looking one another”, because here one can look out the overall view of Shuangxi on one side and Ruifang on the other side. Blue ocean water or even cloud sea can also be seen here when the sky is clear. With the best scenic views, Bu Yen Pavilion stands by its name.

Transportation Information


2020 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival -- Traffic Control Details
Traffic Control Info for the Event being held at Pingxi Junior High School on February 1st
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2020/02/01 Traffic Control Route Map
Comprehensive Vehicle Control Imposed (Including Cars and Scooters)
Traffic Control Period: 9:00-24:00
Vehicle control points
(1) Wenshan-Pingxi Junior High School

① hiding Ramp and Wenshan Road Intersection
② 48K on Route 106
③ Entrance to Shuangxi
④ Entrance to the temporary road along the Prosperity God Temple
⑤ Route 106 and Guanyinchansi Road Intersection
⑥ Route 106 and Jingtong Old Street Intersection
⑦ Pingjing Bridge head

(2) Xiping Highway-Pingxi Junior High School Controlled Route

① Route 106 and Zhuangjing Bridge head

(3) Pingshuang Industrial Road-Pingxi Junior High School Controlled Route

① Route 106 and Pingshuang Industrial Road T-junction
② Route 106 and Lingjiao Road Intersection
③ Route 106 and Xiping Bridge head

Traffic Control Info for the Event being held at Shifen Square on February 8th
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2020/02/08 Traffic Control Route Map
Comprehensive Vehicle Control Imposed (Including Cars and Scooters)
Traffic Control Period: 9:00-24:00
  • 09:00~24:00
    Section between the entrance to Shiding Shuangxi on City Road Route 106 and Dingping Road in Ruifang Industrial Park closed to traffic as Pingxi takes part in Sky Lantern festival.
  • 09:00~16:00
    Lanes in the direction of Shuangxi, Gongliao, Fulong, and Yilan are open within the Jifu Highway section on Tai 2 Bing Line. Pingxi District is closed to all vehicles.
  • 16:00~24:00
    Jifu Highway section on Tai 2 Bing Line is closed to traffic as the district takes part in Sky Lantern Festival.
  • Vehicle control points
    Shiding District:

    ① Shiding Ramp and Wenshan Road Intersection
    ② 48K on Route 106
    ③ Entrance to Shuangxi
    ④ Entrance to the temporary road along the Prosperity God Temple

    Pingxi District: Shifen Side of Jiping Bridge (including Tai 2 Bing 8K, Tai 2 Bing 8.5K, Tai 2 Bing 9.8K, New and old Tai 2 Bing Intersection)、Pingjing Bridge head、Zhuangjing Bridge、Lingjiao

    Ruifang District:Route 106 and Dingping Road Intersection (Ruifang Industrial Park)

    Shuangxi District:Tai'erbing (13k) and North 38 Ganjiao Intersection

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Information on traffic and shuttle services on February 1st (Sat) "Pingxi Junior High School Session"
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2020/02/01 Pingxi Junior High School - Traffic and Shuttle Service Routes
Taipei Zoo - Zhongpu in Baishi Village: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:40-23:00
Shiding Ramp - Zhongpu in Baishi Village: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:30-19:00
Ruifang Railway Station - Lingjiao Stop: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 12:00-23:00

times will be adjusted according to the traffic and weather conditions of the day.

Information on traffic and shuttle services on February 8th (Sat) "Shifen Plaza Session"
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2020/02/08 Shifen Square - Traffic and Shuttle Service Routes
Muzha - Shifen Line: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:50-23:00
Shiding - Shifen Line: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:40-19:00
(Services to Sky Lantern Police Station and Pingxi Junior High School terminates at 17:00)
Ruifang - Shifen Line: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:40-23:00
Keelung - Shifen Line: Mountain-bound 9:00-19:00
Outbound 9:40-23:00
Shuangxi - Shifen Line: Mountain-bound 12:00-20:00
Outbound 12:30-20:30
  • Railway Info: Taiwan Railways will be adding more trains to Pingxi Branch Line over the event period. Please refer to Taiwan Railways' website for any updates
    (https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip).
  • MRT Info: For up-to-date info on MRT routes and timetables, please refer to the official website. Please also take care to remember the time of the last service to prevent arriving late for transferring. The URL of the official website is as follows:
    https://www.metro.taipei/cp.aspx?n=91974F2B13D997F1
  • Bus Service Info: Last service leaves at 11pm.
Taiwan Trip

Taiwan Trip (Destination Shuttle) Tourism Services” are bus services designed for package tourists who do not want to drive for a long distance, and it’s an ideal and releasing way to plan for your trips. Joining Taiwan Trips is also a good way to catch up with the trend of low-carbon tourism.

  • 24-hour toll free service hotline : 0800-011765
  • MRT Muzha Station to Shifen Tourist Center (Shifen Waterfall):
    MRT Muzha Station → Shenkeng Historical Street → Shuagnxiko (transit to Shiding Historical Street) → Gu Nian Temple → Jingtongkeng (Jingtong Historical Street) → Pingxi Historical Street → Tianzi (Taiwan Railway Lingjiou Station) → Qinghe Station (Taiwan Railway Wanggu Station) → Shifen Historical Street → Shifen Tourist Center (Shifen Waterfall)
By Train
  • Take a North-Link Line train and transit to Pingxi Branch in Ruifang to arrive in Pingxi District.
  • During the event time, trains of Pingxi Branch Line will be running more frequently. For more information, please visit the website of Taiwan Railway
By Car
  • Take National Highway 5 and head for Yilan → Shiding Interchange → County Highway 106→Pingxi
  • Take National Highway 1 → Badu Interchange → Ruiba Highway → Ruifang Industrial Park → County Highway 106 → Pingxi
  • Taipei → Muzha Zoo → Shenkeng → County Highway 106 → Pingxi
  • Xizhi → Xiping Highway → Bei 31 County Highway → Pingxi; Northeast Corner → Fulong, Gongliao District → Shuangxi District → Taiwan Provincial Highway 2C → Pingxi
  • Nuannuan → Taiwan Provincial Highway 2C (Jifu Highway) → Shifen→Pingxi
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