Shifen Old Street
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  • Orator11
    Singapore, Singapore7,448 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sky Lanterns
    It is quite a small street, but is extremely popular because it is along the narrow train tracks where trains from Taipei come, and it is also the place where people send skylanterns with wishes into the skies. You can buy a skylantern from $200, depending on the colours, and write messages to departed loved ones etc on all four sides. The staff will then light joss paper inside to heat up the air, before the lanterns are released to soar into the sky. It is good that they try to recycle the lanterns when they burn up and return to earth - locals are encouraged to find these and are then given a small financial reward to return these to the authorities. The shops lining the train tracks are mostly souvenir and snack shops.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Sallye4510
    Brisbane, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Write your wishes on your lantern then set it free!
    Such fun! We took the train from Taipei - the view was mainly of the river, mountains and waterfalls. At Shifen Old Street we enjoyed great food, and loved choosing the colours for our lantern as each colour represents a different aspect of life. Then we painted words and pictures on each side of the lantern before it was lit and rose into the air. It was lovely to take part in this cultural tradition, and even though hundreds of people did the same, we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for any part of the process. The Street is a mix of modern and traditional, and set each side of the railway line. There are lovely waterfalls about 20 mins walk away if you have time. Highly recommend a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 March 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience
    The main (perhaps only) reason for stopping here is to make a lantern and send it high in to the sky. We had a lot of fund doing it and it was a unique experience. You put your wishes on the sides of the pre-made lantern and the shopkeeper lights it for you and you let it fly off. Surprised that they don’t burn the woods down but they claim that the rainy climate minimizes the risk. They also pay people to bring them back so that they don’t litter the countryside. A great activity if you’re in the area.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2024
  • David M
    Oslo, Norway233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy!
    I just loved experiencing the train leaving and all the people having to move off the railway track. I also enjoyed sending up a lantern in tribute to my Chinese friends and just actually visiting this place. This is not somewhere to stay for a long time. I just wish I had had the time to visit places such as Jiufen and other beautiful places close by. Would I return, if I was showing someone around who had not visited before. There are so many other wonderful places to discover in Taiwan. Enjoy!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Wei T
    Singapore, Singapore582 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy street
    A street lined with shops on both sides of the railway track. Most shops are selling either souvenirs, snacks, or the highlight of this area - sky lanterns. A little upset that our driver brought us to a shop that sold the rainbow sky lantern at 400twd instead of 350twd that most shops charge there
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2024
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Ai-ling L
Taipei, Taiwan1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 August 2020
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Mae Ann
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 5 March 2020
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It is quite a small street, but is extremely popular because it is along the narrow train tracks where trains from Taipei come, and it is also the place where people send skylanterns with wishes into the skies.

You can buy a skylantern from $200, depending on the colours, and write messages to departed loved ones etc on all four sides. The staff will then light joss paper inside to heat up the air, before the lanterns are released to soar into the sky. It is good that they try to recycle the lanterns when they burn up and return to earth - locals are encouraged to find these and are then given a small financial reward to return these to the authorities.

The shops lining the train tracks are mostly souvenir and snack shops.
Written 17 November 2023
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Up into the hills in an old diesel rail motor, you travel between two rows of shops into Shifen. The town is famous for the scenic waterfalls a couple of km down the hill, but the old street will take you there. It has all manner of food treats and souvenirs to keep you amused. Many people buy lanterns on which they paint their wishes and then send aloft. The train can be taken from Ruifang on the Pingxi line
Written 18 March 2023
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,786 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Yes I know it is great fun for visitors to write their wishes on the sky lanterns and then release them into the sky. But this is not exactly environmentally friendly - I could see remnants of sky lanterns everywhere as I approached the Shifen area (hillside, trees and one even drifted into the Shifen Waterfall). I was told the lanterns were made of waxed paper but some looked suspiciously like plastic to me. And to try to release them on a short stretch of the old street with a crowd of tourist jostling for position was not exacting the most romantic experience. Do not wear your designer shoes/clothes for this experience - the shops where we wrote the wishes on the lanterns using ink and ink brushes were very crowded and I actually saw ink being splashed on shoes. Yes the whole thing was good for a few photos but I just hope this custom is replicated at other places.
Written 16 January 2020
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Detlef Z
64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
By the time you get to the end of the street, many locals and tourists were seen with wonder on their faces. The long tradition of Tian Deng was is still alive here. Charming railway and track. Bit concerned about polluting aspects of lanterns.
Written 11 January 2020
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The main (perhaps only) reason for stopping here is to make a lantern and send it high in to the sky. We had a lot of fund doing it and it was a unique experience. You put your wishes on the sides of the pre-made lantern and the shopkeeper lights it for you and you let it fly off. Surprised that they don’t burn the woods down but they claim that the rainy climate minimizes the risk. They also pay people to bring them back so that they don’t litter the countryside.

A great activity if you’re in the area.
Written 16 March 2024
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Sallye4510
Brisbane, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Such fun! We took the train from Taipei - the view was mainly of the river, mountains and waterfalls.
At Shifen Old Street we enjoyed great food, and loved choosing the colours for our lantern as each colour represents a different aspect of life.
Then we painted words and pictures on each side of the lantern before it was lit and rose into the air.
It was lovely to take part in this cultural tradition, and even though hundreds of people did the same, we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for any part of the process.
The Street is a mix of modern and traditional, and set each side of the railway line.
There are lovely waterfalls about 20 mins walk away if you have time.
Highly recommend a visit.
Written 14 March 2024
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Call Me Wendy
Los Angeles, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 April 2020
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Wei T
Singapore, Singapore582 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A street lined with shops on both sides of the railway track. Most shops are selling either souvenirs, snacks, or the highlight of this area - sky lanterns. A little upset that our driver brought us to a shop that sold the rainbow sky lantern at 400twd instead of 350twd that most shops charge there
Written 23 May 2024
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