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Shifen Old Street

Sky Lanterns & Train Tracks in Shifen Old Street by 9-Year-Old

by Family Globetrotters

The Old Town of Shifen In Taipei Is Such A Great Place to Take Kids to Experience Taiwanese Cuisine, Time Old Traditions and Family Friendly Festivals. Here Is an Account of Shifen Old Town as Told by A 9-Year-Old Little Globetrotter.

My name is Kyla and I’m 9 years old.

Taipei, Taiwan

This photo was taken at the Shifen old town. It is a small town in outer Taipei, Taiwan and there is a train track that runs through the middle of it. It is a great place to see the fascinating sky lanterns at sunset. People from around the world come to see this attraction. These lanterns itself are known to bring good luck to the people that write on them and then lift them up into the air.

The best part about it was that it had a great atmosphere because everyone was smiling and having a good time. It was soooooooo fun! I really liked the part when a train went on the tracks as I didn’t know that trains still went through there.

Shifen Old Street is located in Pingxi which was once a coal mining stop during the Japanese era on the Pingxi rail line. A popular tourist destination, it has managed to retain its old charm of yesteryear with an eclectic destination built entirely on either side of the railway line. Its extended lanes and alleyways bring about excellent local street fare and memorable, affordable souvenirs.

As Kyla mentions, Shifen is well known for its sky lanterns of which its history dates back over a hundred years. Pingxi is the only place in Taiwan where sky lanterns can be released legally and this is due to its geographical advantage as its located on the high mountains. The annual Sky Lantern Festival is synonymous with this region. It is held to celebrate the first full moon of Chinese New Year, which is the 15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar and it’s an opportunity to send one’s wishes up to God. About 1200 sky lanterns are launched in eight waves, with the first wave commencing at 10.00am. This celebration is considered to be a once in a lifetime, must see festival.


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Yukti March 21, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Wow loved how a 9 year old can be so expressive and a good observant. Kyla has a good knowledge of lantern festival held at Shifen . I must say this post is very heart touching and trustworthy from a innocent child.

Family Globetrotters March 28, 2018 - 8:53 am

Thanks Yukti! She is so adorable and incredible astute. I thought she wrote that piece beautifully!

Lynne Sarao March 21, 2018 - 10:40 am

What an adorable idea for a blog post! I love reading 9 year old Kyla’s perspective about her city and what she finds interesting. I agree! I’d love to write a wish on a lantern and send it off into the sky. Perhaps there is a bit of kid in all of us!

Family Globetrotters March 21, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Thanks Lynne! Kyla is quite a well travelled little lady! She told me she really enjoyed her holiday in Taiwan! And I agree about the lanterns…. I’d love to see it for myself too!

Followingtherivera March 20, 2018 - 1:10 am

Kyla is so adorable, and thank you for this insight on the lanterns in Taiwan. I’d love to see this festival one day, I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to photograph. A beautiful post and photos.

Family Globetrotters March 20, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Thank you so much and yes, Kyla is totally adorable! She is quite the little traveler and is so observant! I’d love to see this for myself some day too:)

daniele March 19, 2018 - 10:09 pm

Your blog is unique in its kind. The contribution of the kids experience is awesome and adds something special.
Continue this way, you are doing great 🙂

Family Globetrotters March 20, 2018 - 1:52 pm

Thanks Daniele! I love getting travel perspectives from the kids! I think they view the world so differently. And I’m always interested in what they find interesting!


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