During this summer vacation, my girlfriend Anita who comes from Canada and I was heading to Pingxi, which is located in New Taipei City (government). There is a small town famous for its sky lanterns. Once a thriving coal-mining district during the Japanese Occupation, the Shifen old street is now one of the most popular tourist attraction in New Taipei City. We were extremely excited about this Taiwan tour, cause we are totally obsessed with old stuffs and local culture (Taiwanese folks).
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Upon arrival, you will immediately notice the railway track that was built alongside the street. Completed in 1921, the 12.9 km long single-track Pingxi Line was originally built for transporting coal and runs through Ruifang and Pingxi District in New Taipei City. Releasing the sky lantern is on the list of must try in Taiwan when you visit the Pingxi Old Street. Pingxi is the only place in Taiwan where sky lanterns are allowed to be released due to its sparse population and high altitude. (Read More: CNN: A Taiwan village where wishes light up the night sky)
To promote tourism in New Taipei City, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was held annually. It has always been the main highlight of Lunar New Year’s activities in New Taipei City. Hundred thousands of people flock to the area for the Festival every year. In the past, the festival is always held on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year to celebrate the first full moon. (Read More: Everything You Need To Know About Pingxi Lantern Festival)
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During the festival, thousands of sky lanterns with prayers will be released into the air. It is an enchanting sight to see the night sky illuminated with countless floating lanterns. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is on the list 15 Festivals to Attend Before You Die by Fodor’s Travel and 52 Things To Do by CNN Travel. After this Taipei private tour to Pingxi, I can truly tell the mentioned above is absolutely true and also love the lively atmosphere at Pingxi old street. We also had a really nice memory in Pingxi with Anita, what a romantic Taiwan vacation! (Read More: 6 Lantern Festivals That’ll Brighten Your Life)
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Also, for an eco-friendlier way, you can choose “sustainable sky lantern”!