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Jiufen and Pingxi Day Tour
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Jiufen and Pingxi Day Tour

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HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Explore a former gold mine with a local guide
  • See the unique “Yin-Yang Sea” of the Shuinandong Area
  • Create and release sky lanterns in Shifen, watching your wishes float skyward
  • Visit the spectacular Golden Waterfall
  • Be spirited away in the magical village of Jiufen
Take a step back in time with a full day tour of Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi, three charming northern Taiwan towns renowned for their charm, history and culture. Jinguashi is famous for its gold mines, so naturally we'll be bringing you inside one on the tour (the gold is long gone, alas, but you're free to look). Jiufen is the inspiration for the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away, so expect to be similarly enchanted as we wander the narrow cobblestone streets. And Pingxi is where Taiwanese people go to send their wishes into the heavens, literally, with the help of lanterns. (We'll teach you how, so bring a few wishes along). Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Taipei, this tour will allow you to bask in the different old world atmospheres of three beautiful towns, take in astounding scenery and learn about Taiwan's cultural heritage.Related Article: Jiufen, Jinguashi, & Shuinandong

ITINERARY

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    09:00 Pick up from your accommodation

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    10:00 Learn about the history of Jinguashi

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    10:30 Explore the ruins of the Jinguashi mines

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    10:50 See the Golden Waterfall and Yin-yang Sea

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    11:30 (Hidden spot with best view of Jinguashi)

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    12:00 Exploring Jiufen (lunch at guest's expense)

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    14:30 Visit Shifen old street in Pingxi

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    15:00 Create and launch your sky lantern

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    17:00 Drop off at your accommodation

*In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Meal :
    Breakfast : X | Lunch : X | Dinner : X
  • Duration :
    09:00 - 17:00 (8hrs)
  • Pick-up :
    Your accommodation in Taipei City
  • Drop-Off :
    Your accommodation in Taipei City
  • Group Size :
    4-14 people
  • Language :
    English

DETAILS

Inclusions

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Taipei City
  • A professional English speaking tour guide
  • Lesson in sky lantern creation
  • Local history lessons
  • 5-seater sedan/9-seater van/21-seater mini bus

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuity

Cancellation Policy

Tour requires a minimum of 4 guests. We will do our best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guests will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or full refund. Cancellations are permitted up until 48 hours before departure with a full refund. Cancellations made 48-24 hours before departure will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before departure are non-refundable.

REVIEWS

Maria

United States
July 2017

Definitely recommend the company

Will definitely recommend your company to my friends. We had a nice time with Ting, Kylie and Iris. (We were a group of 15). Thank you so much for making out trip memorable and fun.

Lynette

United Kingdom
January 2017

Highly recommended and will book again next time.

Fantastic tour! Well organised. Meeting place easy to find. Tour guide JC was fun and informative. The restaurant he recommended to us in Jiufen had a spectacular view of the ocean. It was not very obvious from the main entrance but we were taken to the third floor and the view was just lovely. The food portion served was huge. So might be a good idea to share. We had to waste good food as we did not expect the amount of foods involved. We had fun making our sky lantern in Pingxi. Also the retired miner was very informative. Would have been nice if we know Chinese or he speaks English. Thanks to the driver also for dropping us off Taipei 101 tower. Highly recommended and will book again next time.

Michael

Malaysia
January 2017

Thank you My Taiwan Tour

The tour was relaxed and enjoyable. JC was a terrific guide. Our kid enjoyed the making of the lanterns. And we had the best bubble tea at Ping Xi!

PAUL R

Chile
December 2016

Great package tour

Great package! Tour began at 10am and ran until app. 6pm with drop-off at participants and #39; hotels. Jiufen was incredibly packed with tourists, but that seemed to be part of the draw: seeing how many people fit in the windy narrow streets. Releasing a sky lantern was a fun, unique experience.

kyliet

Australia
December 2016

A fantastic day with our small group

We had a fantastic day with our small group of 5 people on this tour. On the way to Jiufen we saw the 2 colour sea and a beautiful waterfall then walked through the famous Jiufen town and tasted some local food and had lunch with a beautiful view. Drove to another amazing waterfall and short walk then onto Pingxi for the lantern release which was a unique experience,especially when the train comes through! Train ride to Jingtong and a walk through the old quaint station shops then headed back to Taipei.We were lucky to have Laura as our tour guide who was so friendly and did a wonderful job.I Highly recommend this tour.

VforVera

United Kingdom
December 2016

Friendly and accommodating

This was a lovely tour of Jinguashi, Jiufen and Pingxi. We had to weather the patches of rain, but Billy, our tour guide was very friendly and accommodating. First stop was Jinguashi, where we got to meet an 80 year old retired miner ah-bei who was a local resident and native of Jinguashi. Learning about they glory days of Jinguashi's gold mining industry and exploring Jinguashi with the ah-bei was very insightful. He gave us insight on how the area had changed throughout the decades. It was a very thoughtful and personal touch to the Jinguashi experience. I really enjoyed meeting the ah-bei. If I had a suggestion, it'd be to help smoothly translate the Taiwanese to English between the ah-bei and non-Taiwanese speakers. Second stop was exploring Jiufen, which is fun as always. Third stop was Pingxi. The sky lantern making class was such a fun experience. I really loved this part of the tour. The class was taught by a local elderly couple of Pingxi who have had their sky lantern class making shop for multiple generations. It was nice to learn from the ah-ma who taught us. If there was a suggestion I had for this part of the tour, it would be to allow us to decide if we wanted to make our own lanterns or to buy ready-made lanterns so that we could explore the rest of Pingxi. Leaving immediately after the sky lantern making class was a bit wanting and it would have been great if we could have an extra 15 to 20 minutes after the class to look around Pingxi. Otherwise, this was a lovely tour and highly recommended if you wanted to spend a day around Jiufen and Pingxi.

uheintz1

Austria
December 2016

Highly recommend it.

Great tour but very rainy. Would have been even nicer if the weather would have been better. Nobodies fault Kelly the tourguide was funny and very entertaining. Great personality. Loved the places we visited, the waterfalls, Jiufen, Grandpa a former employee of a Japanese mining company in Jiufen, then of course Pingsi were we made our own lantern and let it fly. Would do this tour again and highly recommend it.

g.dangeli

Italy
December 2016

Giornata bellisima!

Uno dei tour giornalieri più intensi e originali, tantissimi i posti visitati e vissuti. Guida professionale, simpaticissima, disponibile e attenta. Giornata bellisima!

Stephanie C

United States
December 2016

Nice small group

One of the huge highlights of my trip. If you splurge on a tour while in Taiwan, this one is worth it. Nice small group that all spoke English. The lanterns were exciting to set off even during the day time. Jiufen was great and our guide led us to all the good cheap places to eat. Definitely worth the money as you have a air-conditioned van that will pick you up and drop you off. Tour started at a reasonable time and we returned just in time for dinner and night market activity. Our guide Tina was so great. She was enthusiastic and I enjoyed everything she talked to us about when going to Pingxi and Jiufen. She was genuinely excited to show us around and was very helpful explaining and giving us recommendations on what to eat. I think she really made the tour.

Jolanda G

United States
December 2016

Absolutely fabulous

Absolutely fabulous. Claire and Mark were the best! Was the best tour ever.

wanderboy

Singapore
December 2016

Jiufen and Shifen

Tina provided us an excellent tour of Jiufen and Shifen. The tour was actually more than I expected. Definitely a must go if youre a solo traveller who wants to cover lots of places in one day!

Lesley R

United States
December 2016

Lovely itinerary

If you want a day full of variety then I recommend this tour. Beautiful scenery of greenery and sea together with the hussle and bussle of a very busy Jiufen. Releasing the sky lantern was also a really cool experience. Our tour guide, Steven was very helpful and efficient - making sure we covered everything in the itinerary.

Yesenia A

Maxico
December 2016

our favorite day from our Taiwan trip

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour, it was our favorite day from our Taiwan trip and well worth the money! We had our 8 month old son with us and Viator provided a car seat and were very accommodating to our family. Our tour guide, Tina, was extremely kind and knowledgeable! Our only suggestion for this tour would be to think about adding an hour, as some areas felt a little rushed, but definitely not a deal breaker. Two friends of ours recommended this tour and we will definitely recommend it to our friends as well.

Danya

Indonesia
October 2016

5 star family trip with my taiwan tour

I did this tour today with my 3yr & 5yr old girls... Ms. Claire (our guide) & Mr.Young (our driver) we AMAZING!!! We had the best day, saw all the sights & had so much fun. Claire went above & beyond & is one of the best tour guides I have ever experienced! This tour is a must if you come to Taipei... it is so beautiful & a once in a life time experience. I would definitely book with this company again! They have fantastic customer service & great prices for the tour you receive. Overall it was a Win/Win in every way. 5+ stars!!!!!

Tiffany M.

Japan
October 2016

Jiufen's old street is GORGEOUS

LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS TOUR!!! Definitely a MUST for everyone traveling to Japan! This was literally everything I had hoped for and more. One of my friends from Taiwan mentioned taking a tour for these cities would be a good idea because it could be difficult to get to "on your own". We were picked up by a comfortable 8 seater van and they provided water bottles for us. The van even had wifi (ooo lala)! Jiufen's old street is GORGEOUS and we were pretty much able to find 100% of our souvenirs here for an amazing price. We LOVE mango and Jiufen's old street had plenty to offer us (*drooling as I think of it*). There are also plenty of super fun, delicious, cheap lunch options available throughout the street . Pingxi is where we released a sky lantern into the air (like the disney movie Tangled), but we did it in a rustic town on a train track; bucket list check. There were some other sites on the way to Jiufen that were super fun such as Shifen waterfall (the Niagara falls of Taiwan), the Yin-Yang sea, and a temple on a mountain that were all beautiful and incredibly worthwhile to visit. I also have to give a shout out to Jett Lai! He was SO nice and knowledgeable; It was a pleasure to have him as our tour guide in this amazing experience. I HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Taiwan!

Nick

United States
September 2016

A private tour to Pingxi

I recently went on the day tour to Jiufen and Pingxi with my girlfriend. We originally thought the tour was a mini-group but when our guides Shaun and Steven picked us up we were informed it would be a private tour. Both Shaun and Steven were simply amazing. They provided us with an in-depth insight of the areas, cultural knowledge, showing us local foods and even went out of their way finding our sky-lantern when it fell out of the sky. Jiufen really did live up to its' name of being the Santorini of Taiwan and we were simply blown away by the whole experience. We highly recommend this tour to anyone that has a day to spare in Taiwan as Jiufen and Pingxi are both two areas that should not be missed. Once again, Shaun and Steven were both simply outstanding and we cannot thank them enough for the day they gave us.

Joey Nguyen

Vietnam
September 2016

Unforgettable tour experiences

I had a totally great day in Jiufen and Pingxi even though it rained because of the typhoon. And thanks Bill so much for your caring and your knowledge (especially the beef noodle part :)) We thought we weren't able to release lanterns and even Shifen waterfall but we made it and it was unforgettable. I will recommend this tour for my friends and hope to go with you guys next time when I travel to Taiwan again.

Patricia Tan

Singapore
May 2016

Our family tour

Our family of 3 were picked up punctually at 10.00am from our hotel by our guide Steven. He is very knowledgeable about the places we visited. I found him very patient, helpful and polite. He even shared with us a a short history of Taiwan on the way to Juifen . I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting Taiwan.

Pingxi and Jiufen Day Tour

United States
April 2016

Pingxi and Jiufen Day Tour

Tour guides Bill and Spencer were great! Did not do the train ride but were compensated with a side visit to the quirky Cat Village which was fine. Both guides full of varied and interesting information and a great sense of humour - it made the tour. Did the old gold mining area, the narrow alleys of Jiufen, Houtong Cat Village, the Golden waterfall just outside of Shifen and finished with the Lantern experience. As there were only 2 of us on tour this day had private car journey the whole day! Great itinerary and money well worth spent here. Highly recommend this tour

Shunpei

Singapore
March 2016

Bad weather but good memory

It was a cloudy and rainy day, but our tour guide, Fiona, was exceptionally professional, cheerful and did an amazing job of making this tour awesome. Despite the lack of energy coming from the tour group, she still kept giving out such positive energy to everyone. It felt a little rushed towards the end but this was out of her control as the weather and slippery roads slowed down the trip a bit and had to stay on schedule. And of course, Pingxi, Jiufen and the Sky Lantern was a beautiful experience. Although I dont consider myself to be very spiritual, "spiritual" is the only word that comes to mind to describe how special visiting these places were. Ill continue to look back on this trip for years. Thanks Fiona!

Jane

United States
March 2016

One day tour to Pingxi

This is a wonderful tour to visit some of the beautiful places at the northeastern part of Taiwan. Both the driver and tour guide Sandra were excellent. It would have been quite difficult to travel to all these places in one day on your own, but this tour not only make it hassle free but enjoyable too! The waterfalls were beautiful and Jiufen old street is a place where you could find many interesting snacks and souvenirs. Though it was raining quite heavily for the whole trip, we could still visit all the places. My Taiwan Tour was kind enough to provide us with umbrellas. Pick up and drop off service were also excellent too. Would highly recommend this tour!

softrice

United States
December 2015

Jiufen and Pingxi

Jiufen and Pingxi is the perfect day tour away from Taipei. It's a leisurely day that combines nature, food, and experience without any of the logistical complications. A walk through the shops at Jiufen Old Street, releasing sky lanterns at Shifen, and a train ride through Pingxi are must-do experiences while you're in Taiwan! Sharon is a super awesome tour guide, and we also had Eric on his first day as an intern away from his not as fun job as a Emergency Physician. Both spoke English, but also more importantly, they were fun to hang around as we took in the sights. My group of 9 became fast friends and got to know each other on the trip, especially easy and comical when you're a single guy from New York interested in visiting Barbie Cafe after the tour. Visited November 2015

pokemomma

United States
December 2015

Who knew Taiwan would be one of my favorites?!?!

“Who knew Taiwan would be one of my favorites?!?!” We did this all day excursion during a stop in Taipei on an Asian cruise. My first thought was 'Taipei? Huh? I'm not terribly interested but I don't want to stay on the ship'. I could have not been more wrong! Ting met us smack on time at our ship in Keelung and whisked us away in our spotless, air conditioned VW van with our driver, Josh. Our first stop was Shifen, an old goldmining town which hasn't changed much in more than 50 years. We traveled in the very old train about 15 minutes to Jintong where we had the one of the most moving and emotional experiences of my life - preparing by releasing our beautiful skylantern with all of our wishes and dreams into the heavens. Truly unforgetable. Next on to Shifen Waterfall Park to wander through the beautiful rainforest-like park to Shifen Waterfall. Warning - you must be able to traverse some hilly terrain with many step both up and down, but worth each step. We then drove to Juifen where we had a delicious lunch complete with plenty of Taiwan beer, overlooking the countryside and ocean, and spent about an hour shopping in the village Again, some up and down on steep streets and very crowded but worth it. Next on to the Golden Waterfall and the Ying Yang ocean view. Both very beautiful. We ended up after a long day being dropped off directly in front of our ship. Our tour guide, Ting and driver Josh, could not have been more perfect for our small group of 4. They very quickly got to know us and our wants, needs, and limitations and could not have been warmer, kinder, more thoughtful or more fun to explore with, even taking one of our group to the post office to exchange some money. Ting is especially warm and friendly, speaks perfect english and is very knowledgeable and proud of her country. She hugged us warmly and really brought tears to my eyes when we had to leave her. If any of the other tour guides are even 1/2 as great as Ting, you will be thrilled with your tour in Taiwan.

bright_eyes2509

United Kingdom
December 2015

Brilliant day trip

“Brilliant day trip” I was travelling solo in Taipei so thought the tour would be a good way to see some sights and meet some people - I was not disappointed! Scott was a great guide, very kind, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The free hotel pickup was good, they were right on time, and the vehicle was modern and comfortable. The Jiufen trip was great, especially as we were lucky with the weather! It was good to get out of the city and see sights that would be more difficult to reach if travelling alone. I also liked the fact that the plan was flexible - we got a choice of what we wanted to do for lunch. I really think that this trip was well planned and enjoyable - I plan to return to Taiwan and will definitely book another tour with this company. Visited October 2015

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