Shifen Old Street

Shifen Old Street, Pingxi: Address, Shifen Old Street Reviews: 4/5

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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Unique experience watching lots of kongming lanterns being released
Nov 2019
This was part of our day trip. Shifen was our last stop after visiting Yehliu geopark and Jiufen. It was drizzling when we visited and many people were releasing kongming lanterns. They wrote messages and wishes on the lanterns before releasing them. It was also fairly windy. When a train approaches, the people would move away from the tracks. This old street is not very big, just 2 rows of shop with the railway in between. However, it was fun to visit here and watch people releasing lanterns or just visit the shops. Some lanterns caught fire but others drifted high into the sky.
Written October 25, 2020
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Ai-ling L
Taipei, Taiwan950 contributions
Promises a beautiful and happy vision
Aug 2020 • Family
We took the train to Ruifang Railway Station(瑞芳車站), and then transferred to the Shenzhen-Ao Branch Line(深澳線) to Shifen Station(十分車站). Next to the railway, we wrote down our visions for our family's health身體健康, exams and studies學業猛進, wealth財源滾滾,財庫飽滿 and Optimistic future prospects光明的未來. We lit a flame點燃火苗 on the oil photo paper油紙, and the sky was beautiful. The lamp 天燈slowly flies to the sky, promises a beautiful and happy family vision, to be very successful and happy!(美麗成功幸福的願景)
We always take the optimistic attitude to the future.*****要十分成功幸福唷*****
Written August 11, 2020
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Katy Santos
Philippines479 contributions
Shifen - My most favorite old street in Taiwan
Aug 2019
Shifen Old Street is one of the famous spots to experience the lantern activity.

How to get here:
- You can ride a train ride from Jiufen Old Street Station to Shifen Old Street Station.

Locals offer lantern activity in variety of colors. Each color has its own symbol and description. Once you have selected and paid which color you want, you have to write your wishes on the lantern itself and once you're done, they will assist you on taking photos first before they film the video footage of you freeing the lantern.

After the lantern activity, you can check out the shops around to canvass for some souvenirs and to try out some food like wrap the infamous wrap ice cream.
You can visit the Shifen Waterfalls and enjoy walking on the bridge to take Instagrammable photos.
Written July 16, 2020
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Call Me Wendy
Los Angeles, CA31 contributions
Charming, antique and beautiful street
Oct 2019
The village nested in a spectacular moutain ranges creates the cool atmosphere. The street in Shifen is filled with people come to release the lanterns to the sky. Totally recommend to visit in your trip to Taiwan
Written April 20, 2020
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Watsson
Annapolis, MD422 contributions
Big fun
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did Pingxi and Shifen as a day trip from Taipei. They’re similar but you might as well do both. You can launch your good-luck lantern from either location. Shifen has more food choices and a waterfall — a bit of a hike with stairs. But the lantern lady in Pingxi guaranteed our wish would come true so....
Written March 11, 2020
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Mae Ann
3 contributions
Crowded place
Dec 2019
A lot of tourists flock in this old street to fly lanterns. The rail track is sometimes congested which could be dangerous especially when a train is approaching. Although there are guards who give reminders, some tourists do not follow instructions right away. There should be more warning signs and safety measures.
If you want to come here, avoid peak hours.
Written March 5, 2020
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PsychoGemini
Asan, South Korea28 contributions
Sky lantern trip
Feb 2020
I came here with one purpose and that was to release a sky lantern. I wound up arriving at night and most of the places were closed with not many people in the area. I got some good shots and video of my sky lantern but it's a shame I wasn't able to really walk around and see more of the town. Perhaps I'll have a better experience the next time I go.
Written February 22, 2020
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Enokido20
Buffalo, MO179 contributions
Fun Visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went to Shifen old street with my lady and had a good time. We got to decorate our own sky lantern and send it off. Theres lots of shops, food carts and the waterfalls are another 20min walk to get to if you want to see them.
Written February 21, 2020
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Paul E
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN9 contributions
A must see and do while in Shifen, Taiwan
Feb 2020
Shifen Old Street is filled with antiquity and cool sh*t. The lantern festival is a must-do and see while visiting Shiefen, Taiwan. It is packed with very polite people sending their lanterns to the sky.
Written February 11, 2020
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Talitha M
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,932 contributions
Nice
Feb 2020 • Solo
A nice area. Lots of streetfood/restaurants, souvenir shops and of course the lanterns at the train tracks. If u can, wait for the train to go by as well :).
Written February 10, 2020
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