Taiwan 2015: Releasing Sky Lanterns at Shifen and Food Tripping atJiufenSaturday, July 25, 2015
On one of our last weekends in Taiwan, my friends and I traveled north to Shifen and Jiufen in New Taipei City. Shifen is known for its Waterfall – the broadest waterfall in Taiwan as per Wikipedia – and Old Street – the home of sky lanterns. Not far from it is Jiufen Old Street, where one can go food tripping while enjoying a scenic view.
How to Get to Shifen Old Street and Shifen Waterfall:
Board a TR Train to Ruifang Station > Board a TR Train to Shifen Station > Shifen Old Street is just beside the train station > Shifen Waterfall is a 30-min walk from the station, just follow the signs (taxi and motorcycles are also available)
Right across the platform of Shifen Station is Shifen Old Street
Believe me, you’ll need food before going to the waterfall – it’s a long walk. Good thing, food is relatively cheap there – all these for NT$400.
Follow the signs to Shifen Waterfall. We have been told that this was not its best view. Since it’s summer, it lacks volume of water.
Buy refreshments to beat the heat.
Before heading to Jiufen Old Street, we returned to Shifen Old Street to release our own lantern. You can choose the color/s of the lantern, as each color represents something (e.g. health, career, family, etc.). Pay NT$150 for a single color or NT$200 for a combination of 4 colors. Here is a video of us releasing our sky lantern.
Couple #selfie while waiting for the train
How to Get to Jiufen Old Street from Shifen:
Board a TR Train back to Ruifang Station > Exit Ruifang Station and find the bus station in front of the police station/next to the Wellcome Supermarket > Take the Keelung bus no. 1062 > Alight at Jiufen and walk uphill until you reach a 7-11 store, which is beside Jiufen Old Street
Jiufen Old Street consists of a series of restaurants and shops.
Variants of taro balls, which can be served hot or cold, are sold for NT$50 each
Taro Balls with Red Bean
Peanut Ice Cream Rolls at NT$40 per piece
Fish Balls at NT$70 for a stick
King Mushrooms at NT$100 for a pack
Snails at NT$100 for a pack
Other things that you would see in Jiufen Old Street
It was nearly sunset when we arrived.
We climbed to the top to see this view.
When the sun finally set, we went home.. with full hearts and happy stomachs.