Pingxi Sky Lantern is one of the biggest culture events in Taiwan. It falls on the 15th day after Chines New Year. New Taipei City Government will hold 3 group launching events between CNY and Sky Lantern Festival. Some foreign visitors may be confused the event locations. Here are some tips for these events.
|2016 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival @ Jingtong|
- About the Festival
Before talking about Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, let's talk about the festival. In fact, the best well known name of the festival is Yuanxiao Festival, one of the most importation traditional festival in Taiwan. There are lots different celebration at different places and lantern is the most common celebration. Therefore, Yuanxiao is also named of Lantern Festival. Every year, the Tourist Bureau will hold a one-week lantern exhibit at different cities and the festival is held at Yunlin between Feb 11~Feb 19 2017.
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- About the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
|Official Website of Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival|
The date and event details of 2017 Pinxi Sky Lantern Festival are as follow:
Event: Group releasing sky lantern. 1200 sky lanterns are releasing within 8 rounds
Date: Between 18:00~20:30 on Feb 11th 2017(Sat)
Event Location: Shifen Square (Closed to Shifen Water Fall, about 1km to Shifen Train Station)
Registration: Free group releasing are open to register from 10 am at Shifen Square
You can get a free sky lantern and lunch in grouping lantern releasing if you have registered on spot in the morning on the event day. However, the registration may be full at the first moment of 10 am. You can also wait in the waiting line at the registration desk if you have not registered to replace those who have not checked in when the group releasing starts.. Another easy alternative is to wait until the last 2~3 round group launching. Lots people will leave before their round and the event staff will ask whether anyone want to launch the sky lanterns.
If you want to take good pictures, you also need to wait the last rounds. Lots photographer wait around the square from the morning. You wont get a good angel for photo after 15:00.
- About the Transportation of Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Trains are always "extremely" crowded on the event day. Shuttle bus is a better choice. The round tickets of the chartered bus is about NTD 50 and will charge at the original bus stop. The bus won't charge when you return. There will be chartered shuttle bused on the event day. When you come back, there will be lots people waiting in the queue. You can ask the staff if there another waiting queue for non-seat. The non-seat queue will be shorter and faster.
Chartered Bus Terminal:
There are 3 chartered bus lines to Shifen. During rush hours, return bus will depart immediately as soon as it is filled to capacity.The fare of chartered is charged when you take the bus to Shifen. No more charge when you leave Shifen.
|Taipei Zoo||To Shifen 09:00-19:00 |
To Terminal 9:50-23:00
|60 minutes||50 NT. Free|
|Raifang Train Station||To Shifen 09:00-19:00 |
To Terminal 9:40-23:00
|50 minutes||30 NT. Free|
|Keelung Train Station||To Shifen 09:00-19:00 |
To Terminal 9:40-23:00
|40 minutes||30 NT. Free|
- About the Itinerary
Be aware the tips about getting a free sky lantern in the group releasing are basing on my past experience. I cannot ensure that you cannot get a free sky lantern on the event day. However, I am not sure how long is the queue waiting before 10 am in front of the registration desk either. You have 8 hours left (10:00 ~ 18:00) if you go to registration, which is too much if you stay only at Shifen and too rush if you go to other attractions. Therefore, I recommend 2 itinerary examples.
(1)Taipei Zoo Station->Jiufen
I have take then chartered bus from Ruifang Train Station and Taipei Zoo Station in the afternoon. It is much easier to take the bus from Taipei Zoo Station since there are more buses there. If you want to arrive before 10:00, you need to arrive Taipei Zoo Station before 8:30. You also need count the queuing time at Shifen into consideration.
(2)Taipei Main Station->Ruifang->Jiufen ->Ruifang->Jiufen
If you want to try your luck and wait the last rounds, try this alternative. You can take different chartered bus when you go to Shifen or leave Shifen. You may go to Jiufen in the morning and take the chartered bus at Ruifang Train Station to Shifen. If you stay at the hotel at Taipei, you can take another chartered bus to Taipei Zoo Station and transfer to MRT.
Because 11th Feb 2017 is Saturday, there will be much more people at Jiufen. Leave Jiufen no latter than 14:00 and catch the chartered bus to Shifen before 15:00. If you want to have more time for Shifen old street or Shifen Waterfall, you should reserve more time for Shifen.
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