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From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

1. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

2. From Taipei: Pingxi Sky Lantern and Shifen Waterfall Tour

Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, then enjoy a ride to the suburban area and start a nostalgic tour of Taipei. There are three branch railway lines still operating in Taiwan: Pingxi Line in Taipei, Neiwan Line in Hsinchu, and Jiji Line in Nantou. As time goes by, these three branch lines have turned into tourist railway lines. Pingxi is one of these small towns that were once prosperous due to the coal mining industry in the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1997, many of the residents moved out, and these towns became silent and desolated. Even though the golden age may be long gone, Pingxi becomes well-known for being the film location of some movies and TV commercials. Sky Lantern launch in Taiwan originates from Shifen in Pingxi District. Nowadays, the lanterns are used as symbols of peace and good fortune, the world-renowned Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a big yearly event that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year. Today you have an opportunity to experience this on the train track: write a message, light the lantern and watch it fly to the sky. There are lots of shops that sell Sky Lanterns, souvenirs, and traditional snacks along the train track, you may enjoy a little shopping before we head off to the next stop – Shifen Waterfall. Also known as Taiwan’s "Niagara Falls", Shifen Waterfalls are the biggest cascading falls in Taiwan. It is also a popular scenic attraction and easily accessible by foot from Shifen Train Station. If the weather is good, it creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

3. From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

View Taiwan's northern highlights with this group tour from Taipei. Visit destinations like the Yehliu Geopark, the old-fashioned mountain village of Jiufen, and Shifen. Send up a lantern in Shifen. Start your day with pickup in downtown Taipei, and relax as you make your way to Yehliu Geopark. View facinating rock formations like the Queen's Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, and more. Next, head to Jiufen village, which was once famous for being a gold-mining town but is now popular for inspiring scenes in the film "Spirited Away." Sit at a tea shop and take in views of the town. Stroll along the shops. Continue to Shifen in Pingxi. Head to the Pingxi Sky Lantern area to write your wish on a lantern to set into the sky. Spend some time relaxing in Shifen before returning to Taipei.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 57 reviews

It was a great tour of northern Taiwan. Our guide, Steven, was very accommodating, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. Having a private tour and car meant we could adjust the pace of the tour to our liking–we were able to spend more time in places we really wanted to see more of. Finally, Steven’s vehicle was clean, new, and very comfortable. His driving was so good that we were able to relax during the entire car ride. Highly recommended if you want to see northern Taiwan at your own pace and without the stress of waiting for other people.

We had a wonderfull day trip with jimmy.He was very professional, accomodating, freindly and very knowledgable about the history and made our trip memorable. He also showed us a little bit of daily life in taiwan which was not in the program. His driving was so good that we were able to relax during the entire car ride. A good brand ambassador for your company. We highly recommend the day trip with jimmy

This is an awesome tour to see Taiwan’s tradition & culture, also the local scenes that’s inherent to what’s originally Taiwanese from the natural rock formation, amazing waterfalls, the mountains, the food scene, the sunset, the lantern... and much much more

I travel a lot and this was by far one of the best family trips I have had. Our guide Roger gave us an outstanding look into Taiwan culture. I highly recommend this tour!

Great . Your guide very knowledgeable. Pleasant and pacient.