Pingci Old Street

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Pingci Old Street
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The area
Neighborhood: Pingxi District
The formerly prosperous mining industry of Pingxi District has presently bid its time of black gold farewell, washing off its glories and returning to simplicity, it attracts travelers to stay by picking up a downshifting pace. If you like the mountains and water, come seek out the secluded Wanggu Waterfall and the majestic Shifen Waterfall; if you are a railroad scene enthusiast, there is no harm in taking the train along the Pingxi rail branch line and making random stops in the unique surrounding stations. Quaint Jingtong Station and Serene Wanggu Station calm the mind for relaxation. Shifen Station and Shifen Old Street with its distinct scene of “a train passing through the front doors” and nostalgic old street makes every corner worthy of savoring. You must experience releasing sky lanterns when visiting Pingxi. Write down your wishes and let the sky lantern bring them slowly to the sky. There is also the one and only “Sky Lantern Police Station”, not only with daily dazzling light shows but also offering customized “Police Wishing Sky Lantern” so tourists can hand draw images or writings and display them on LED sky lanterns.

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Lapyang
Morgantown, WV419 contributions
Hot air lantern!!!
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is one of the things on our bucket list. Writing all our wishes on the 4 sides of a hot air lantern. Then release it into the sky. It is THE major attraction on the old street. Shops after shops selling the lanterns, providing Chinese writing brushes and ink for you to script your wishes. They will light the lantern for you. They will take pictures and video for you, the whole package cost NT300-400 depending on the style of lantern.
Definitely worth the money. It takes about an hour to get there from Taipei City.
Written November 10, 2019
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,934 contributions
Up in the sky
Feb 2019
Pingci Old Street comes to life when the sky lanterns float up into the the sky. The lanterns are made of paper, and are propelled like a hot air balloon, by a wad of temple ghost money doused in kerosene. They make a spectacular sight. There's also souvenir stalls and snacks for sale.
Written February 11, 2019
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Jon W
Wallingford, PA58 contributions
The place has a magical feel
Feb 2019 • Family
Just go see it. Beautiful views, old street with a few vendors, and a 7-11 (lol)

Do a lantern

Probably better at night

Weekday is better

Very limited parking
Written February 8, 2019
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Dave B
Johannesburg, South Africa67 contributions
Old street with a lantern twist
May 2018 • Friends
It's not the best "old street" in Taipei by a long way, but it's the best one to visit! Why? This is the location for lantern lighting and watching - try arrive in the late afternoon while the sun is still up and hang around for an hour to watch the lanterns as the sun goes down.

You can easily (and affordably) buy your own and write a message to send up into the skies as well.

If you'd like to make it a day trip, do the Shifen Waterfall in the late morning/lunch time (warning: can be HOT!) and then walk up the hill to Pingxi afterwards.
Written May 29, 2018
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David H
Union City, CA8,033 contributions
Another Old Street
May 2018 • Friends
Another Old Street, but this one is known for the so called “Heaven Lantern”. There are so many stores selling heaven lanterns on the street and also on the way to train station. There are many different kinds (8, 10 or more), pretty much based on color or the combination of colors. Thus we bought an 8 colors one which symbolizes all the good stuff and good things. Each color symbolizes different meaning.
Red: Good luck and all family members are safe.
White: Bright future, successful business.
Pink: Love and good people interaction .
Purple: Lucky start and good luck forever.
Green: Health and social harmony
Orange: Wisdom growth and smarter ever.
Yellow: All source of income and business is booming.
Dark Pink: Happy family.
Blue: Happy and happier every single day as it goes.
Eight colors: the King of lantern including all of above plus whatever you write on the lantern.
Written May 16, 2018
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Tom C
113131428 contributions
Passing by
Jul 2017 • Family
We drove through the small tranquil town/village on our way back to Taipei from Jiufen and Keelung. We spent about 2 hour walking up and down the stone paved alleys to the train station and a quick lunch of "sausage wrapped in a sausage". I believe we could have experienced more about it if we stayed longer.
Written March 9, 2018
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medvtan
Manila, Philippines463 contributions
Sky Lantern Activity is a Must-Do
Jan 2018 • Family
The most memorable activity during my Taiwan trip is to experience writing on the sky lantern and flying it, too! There's less people here compared to Shifen area. So if you plan to do a sky lantern activity, better do it here.
Written January 27, 2018
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
Pingxi Old Street
Jan 2018 • Solo
One of the stops along the Pingxi Historic Rail Line. This charming mountain village nestled in a narrow river valley is like stepping back in time 100 years. Be sure to walk across the Xiping and Shidi bridges and explore the narrow stone streets of Old Town. There are plenty of traditional Taiwanese snack stalls as well as cute souvenir shops - most are geared around the Lantern Festival although you can release lanterns at any time of the year. There are many sights just off the old streets such as a Buddhist temple, man made caves and hiking trails.
Written January 17, 2018
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travellernick121
London, UK1,019 contributions
Wouldn't go especially, but it was interesting.
Nov 2017 • Friends
This was part of of KKday tour and we had about 45 minutes here... The fact it was raining probably didn't help, but it felt like enough time.

They have lots of sky lantern shops which we didn't do, because we were concerned about all the litter when they fall...

The train coming by on the street is very fun, and the speciality rice stuffed chicken wings from one of the street stalls, were delicious.

Written January 13, 2018
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candice0809
Hong Kong, China166 contributions
Busy place and have fun here
Nov 2017 • Couples
I went there on 18/11/2017.
Very busy here, many people had fun with sky lantern.
Very good place to buy souvenir for friends !!
Written November 21, 2017
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