We are a big family lives in France, including my grandpa and grandma and all of us love to travel around all the world. Taiwan is our favorite country, especially the lively town of Pingxi. Thus, we planned to participate in a Taipei private tour to Pingxi old street, where run along both sides of the railway track, cutting in between two rows of shops. Both sides of the railway are lined with sky lanterns or souvenirs shops, grocery stores and eateries. Almost all the shops sell either sky lanterns or lantern related souvenirs such as key chains and decorations. We purchased miniature sky lanterns, postcards and other interesting souvenirs to bring home for friends.
Pingxi Old Street is usually overrun by day-trippers from Taipei who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. We walked freely on the railway track, releasing brightly colored lanterns into the sky. The street was especially crowded on the weekend and public holidays. Both locals and tourists flock to this small town to release paper lanterns with their prayers. The entire street tends to get more crowded in the evening. Thus, we thought of visiting early on a weekday is the best way to avoid the crowd. When it comes to Pingxi Lantern Festival, its tradition was brought to Taiwan and celebrated during the beginning of the planting season where people would release sky lanterns into the air with their prayers for the coming year. It eventually evolved into a local tradition in Pingxi area in New Taipei City where lanterns are released into the air, carrying their wishes into the heavens where they will be heard. Thus, we wrote some wishes on the lanterns and released them to the air, hoping our wish will come true. Personally, releasing lanterns that full of wishes with the people you love was meaningful and the best way of having fun in Pingxi.