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.
NAME AND AGE.
My name is Kyla and I’m 9 years old.
WHERE IS THIS PHOTO TAKEN?
TELL US ABOUT SHIFEN OLD TOWN.
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.
FACTS ABOUT SHIFEN OLD STREET, NEW TAIPEI BY FAMILY GLOBETROTTERS.
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.