I’ve had a draft of this saved forever.  I wasn’t really sure what to write.  I think the Pingxi Lantern Festival is tough to put into words.  It was chaotic and it was dreamy.  I never thought that many people could fit on a train at once.  The pictures aren’t very good and they don’t really do it justice.  But I’ll let them try.  This was Pingxi.

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Helpful things:

  • Register ahead of time if you want to be part of the main lantern releases, but you can launch your own anytime at the train station or lots of shops.
  • Take the MRT to the Taipei Zoo then the shuttle from there.  It’s a LOT faster than taking the train.
  • If you do want the train experience, take the MRT to Taipei Main Station, get a train to Ruifang, from there it’s easy.  Follow the people, take the Pingxi line to Pingxi.  There’s signs and lines, but be ready to fight for a space on the train and for lots of waiting.  Give yourself extra time if you go this way.
  • Wear pants and a sweatshirt or jacket, it gets chilly.
  • Go to the bathroom before you get there.  The port-a-potty’s were super gross.
  • If you plan on using a tripod for pictures get there super early.  We got there a few hours before it started and there was already a ton of people around the launch area with tripods set up.
  • It’s free!  But bring money to eat and for trains of course.
  • Enjoy! And feel free to ask me any questions you have about it!

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Have you been to the Pingxi Lantern Festival?  What did you think of it?  What about another lantern festival?  Do you want to go?