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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

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Take a step back in time with a full day tour of Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi, three charming northern Taiwan towns renowned for their charm, history and culture. Jinguashi is famous for its gold mines, so naturally we'll be bringing you inside one on the tour (the gold is long gone, alas, but you're free to look). Jiufen is the inspiration for the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away, so expect to be similarly enchanted as we wander the narrow cobblestone streets. And Pingxi is where Taiwanese people go to send their wishes into the heavens, literally, with the help of lanterns. (We'll teach you how, so bring a few wishes along).

Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Taipei, this tour will allow you to bask in the different old world atmospheres of three beautiful towns, take in astounding scenery and learn about Taiwan's cultural heritage.
**Please note: This tour requires a reasonable degree of physical fitness**
  • See the rural side of Taiwan’s coast and mountains
  • Visit the site of the Sky Lantern Festival to release a lantern
  • Group size limited to seven people for a more personalized experience
  • Pickup and drop-off at Taipei hotels means a convenient day
What to Expect
Meet a driver at your hotel in Taipei for the trip toward the Jinguashi, on Taiwan’s northern coast, where you can visit an old gold mine. Continue to the historic town of Jiufen, the set for the award-winning movie, 'Spirited Away,' and enjoy some free time to purchase lunch at a local restaurant and visit one of the town’s atmospheric teahouses. Following your time in Jiufen, head to Pingxi and browse the souvenir shops that line Shifen Old Street. Pingxi is the site of the annual Sky Lantern Festival, and you have the chance to join in the tradition by writing your wishes on a lantern, lighting a candle at its base, and watching it drift away over the village. After launching your sky lantern, begin the scenic journey back to Taipei, where this tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up and drop-off from and to your accommodation in Taipei. Exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will advised two days before tour departure.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional English guide
  • Lesson in sky lantern creation (1 lantern per 2 people)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Exact pick-up time and tour guide’s contact number will advised two days before tour departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests. We will do our best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guest will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or full refund.
  • Cancellations are permitted up until 48 hours before departure with a full refund. Cancellations made 48-24 hours before departure will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before departure are non-refundable.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the course of our trip, we ended up booking 2 trips with MyTaiwanTour. They are quite professional and knowledgeable when it comes to Taiwan. As first time visitors, we decided to book the tour to get some idea of places to visit around Taiwan,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mridul D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was limited for time in Taiwan so booked this tour to try and cover as much as possible in one day. My tour guide James picked me up on time he was friendly and spoke great English. He was also happy to share suggestions...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow again. This was great. After the success of my first "MyTaiwanTour" day excursion, I decided to make this my second. I was so pleasantly surprised that I now will probably do these sort of tours more often. They are so flexible and yet packed...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well thought out trip to see some of the sights out around Taipei. For Spirited Away fans, seeing the tunnel and streets that inspired a lot of the set is a highlight. Having arrived in the weekend, Jiufen itself was quite packed but the rest...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Amy L
Reviewed 3 September 2019

Phoebe was our guide and she had a trainee, Diane, who came along and was helpful herding the tourists. They picked us at the hotel, precisely on time. The short bus was clean and comfortable. Phoebe had plenty of bottled water on board. She was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Chinese, Japanese
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