I love Pingxi. It’s probably my most favorite place we visited. It’s a small town by the railroad tracks, about an hour away from Taipei. It is known for their Lantern Festival. You can write your wishes on the lanterns and send them up to the sky.
HOW TO GO TO PINGXI:
There are several options by bus, taxi or by train which we did. From Taipei Main Station, we took the train to Ruifang and transferred to another train to Pingxi.
We used our Easy cards to pay for the Taiwan Main Station – Ruifang Station fare. Then, we bought this Pingxi Day Pass at 64 Taiwanese Dollar at Taipei Main Station. They also have train schedules for this popular route so you can plan accordingly.
One of the workers directed us to platform 4 and we missed our train which was just there a few meters from us. It was on platform 5. There were also a couple who were confused like us but they got on the train. We figured it out after when we asked the conductors so we had to catch the next one 30 minutes later.
There were only a few shops operating the lantern business and not crowded. It’s TWD 100 for one color and TWD 200 for multi-color lanterns. The color corresponds to different wishes such as red for health, pink for love, blue for career, yellow for money and luck. The lady also takes your pictures. :)
We had no choice but to leave since we had a train to catch.
Sent myself a post card. They also have plenty of stamps at Pingxi so if you’re into that kind of thing, you will love it. I noticed Taipei had plenty of stamping stations. School kids really like that.