Pingxi Lantern Festival

Pingxi, Taiwan

(Northern Taiwan)

2020: February 8
2021: February 26
Great For
• Culture Vultures
• Photographers
• Romantics
Only for the main stage area. (Free, first-come, first-served)


Every year, the Pingxi Lantern Festival (also known as the “Taiwan Lantern Festival”) sees thousands of paper lanterns ascend the heavens with brush-painted wishes. It’s a magical scene with echos in pop culture around the world.

Located in its namesake town of Pingxi — accessible from Taipei — the Pingxi Lantern Festival is a one-night event that takes on a carnival-like atmosphere. Bring your camera, and some extra cash, and, if at all possible, plan ahead and get a free ticket to the main event staging area (given out on the day of the festival, first-come-first-served).

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• Hotels and AirBNB opportunities in Pingxi are very limited, so book early if you plan to stay in town.
• If staying in town isn’t an option, EG recommends you stay in either Ruifang or Taipei.

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International travelers will likely fly into Taiwan’s Taipei Taoyuan Airport.

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• From Taipei Main Station: Take a Northbound train (except Keelung-bound trains) towards Ruifang.
• From Ruifang: Connect to the Pingxi Line and get off at Shifen (be sure to purchase a new ticket, if needed).
• Trains are full, but not excessively packed. Be prepared to stand and note that special seats are reserved for passengers requiring assistance.
• Check train times on the Taiwan Railway official website.
Pingxi is accessible by car, but note that it is a small mountain town, so roads and parking may be an issue given the event’s crowds. Plan ahead and arrive early to ensure parking. Check rental cars.


Pack your winter clothes – most of your time in Pingxi will be spent outdoors.
Bring Taiwan Dollars (ATMs are limited in Pingxi)
If possible, get tickets to the main event (tickets are free and first-come-first-serve)
Send a wooden postcard to show where you’ve been!

Additional Info

Travelers attending the Pingxi Lantern Festival are joining a rich history dating back over 2,000 years. Also known as the Taiwan Lantern Festival, it is celebrated on the 15th night of the Lunar New Year (a.k.a. “Chinese New Year”), which means the event always takes place during a full moon. According to tradition, thousands of lanterns should usher in the New Year.

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