Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a unique festival in Taiwan that is marked by the release of thousands of lanterns that fly in the sky. Many locals and tourists love to come to Taiwan to see the festival every February.
The tradition of flying lanterns has been kept since a long time ago. People perceive the tradition as the symbol of peace and good fortune. If you have a chance to go to Taiwan this February, make sure to spend some time to witness this picturesque festival.
What is the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival?
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is the happiest and most heartwarming event in Taiwan. Many people come to Shifen village to write their wishes on paper lanterns and release them to the sky in the hope that their wishes can be granted.
During the festival, the streets will be crowded. People buy the lantern, write their wishes and lit the lantern. The flame heats the air inside the lantern and it will fly. During the festival, you can see a breathtaking view of thousands of light up lanterns in the sky.
Shifen is the only place where lanterns are allowed because it is surrounded by mountains and water that prevent the lanterns from flying too far. Many places ban the sky lanterns because it could litter the area and get caught on trees, roofs or other properties.
According to the legend, people often used lanterns to send military signals. Historically, villages were often attacked by bandits. Thus, the lanterns were used to tell others that they were safe. Sky lanterns are made of rice paper and it has a bamboo frame.
Where and When is the Festival?
The festival takes place in Shifen, Pingxi District in New Taipei county on February 8, 2020. Make sure to go to Shifen village, not the town of Pingxi, because they are two different places.
How to Get There
Visitors can come to Taipei for the Lantern Festival via Taoyuan International Airport. You can book a flight ticket from tiket.com. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to travel with you to this exciting event! The more the merrier!
After they arrive in Taipei, they can take any northbound train to Shifen village from Taipei main station to Ruifang station. Get off the train and find another train to Shifen station. The train ride takes about an hour from Taipei to Shifen.
Another way to go to the Pingxi festival is by taking a bus. Tour operators usually offer a package so you can go by using a shuttle bus from Taipei, Keelung or Juifen to Shifen.
Furthermore, you can also go to Shifen by using a private van or a taxi. This is the most expensive option, but it is comfortable because you can enjoy your private time with friends.
Tips to Enjoy Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Depart earlier so you can arrive in Shifen on time before sunset. The festival is totally free, you only need to buy the lantern. When you are at Shifen old street, you will find people who are selling lanterns. A lantern costs between 150-250 TWD or about $8.
Don’t forget to write down your good wishes. You can write in many different languages as you wish! Release it to the sky, and take a lot of pictures. The festival is so Instagrammable, be sure to bring a camera with you.
What’s Next After the Festival?
The lantern festival is going to be a memorable experience. After you’re done with the festival, you can explore the beautiful Taiwan, which is often called the Formosa island. Taiwan is well-known for its delicious snacks. In this country, you can eat delicious street foods such as peanut ice cream roll, tea eggs, stinky tofu and many more.
What are you waiting for? Book your flight and accommodation now and get ready for an adventure in Taiwan, t-mates!