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February 15, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

One of the most popular Lantern Festival events takes place in the town of Pingxi and neighboring villages of Shifen and Jingtong.

Pingxi is located east of Taipei City and can be reached by public transport, notably by train on the Pingxi Railway Branch Line or bus on the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle’s Muzha-Pingxi Route. Sky lanterns, simple paper lanterns constructed with a thin wire frame that are usually 120~150cm tall, can now be sent to the sky year-round, with local lantern-shop operators supplying the lanterns and travelers writing wishes on the outside, but doing so during the Lantern Festival is an especially memorable experience because the large crowds release hundreds of lanterns into the night sky at a time, creating a wonderful image. Apart from its sky lanterns, the Pingxi area has numerous other attractions, including scenic Shifen Waterfall, old village streets, and majestic mountain vistas.

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