SKY LANTERN & CHIUFEN TOUR (JP only)

  • Port

    Keelung

  • Level of difficulties

    Easy

  • Type

    Not available

  • Price

    Adults

    USD72.0

  • Duration in hours

    4.5

  • Shore excursion code

    023I

Description

We will board an air-conditioned coach at the port and be treated to a panorama of winding roads, lush, rolling mountains and quaint village homes. Once we reach Shih-Fen, we will step off the coach and into a world that hasn’t changed much since the days when coal was extracted from the nearby mountains over a hundred years ago. But there’s a history here that dates back thousands of years – sky lanterns. These small hot air balloons were originally used at the beginning of the 3rd century BC as an instrument of war to pass information along to troops. Today, they are a beautiful expression of people’s prayers, wishes and dreams. Made of oiled rice paper, each lantern measures almost two feet in diameter and four feet high. After writing a message on the lantern, a candle is lit inside and then the lantern is released, with hopes that it reaches the heavens. During our tour, we can make a wish and set our own sky lantern off before venturing along the many shops and admiring the sights on Old Street.
Then, we will be transported up along winding roads, through lush, rolling mountains, upon which wispy white clouds skim. Up, up we go, until Chiufen reveals itself with its closely-packed houses that cling to steep mountainsides facing the sea. Chiufen means “nine portions” in Mandarin and refers to a time when only nine families lived in this village during the Ch’ing Dynasty. Enriched with beautiful views, architecture, souvenir shops and tasty local food stalls, Chiufen is an excellent, memorable destination to conclude our day ashore in Taiwan. Please note: the order of visits may vary. This tour involves a lot of walking. Chiufen is a hillside town with steep inclines and steps.



What we will do

We will board an air-conditioned coach at the port and be treated to a panorama of winding roads, lush, rolling mountains and quaint village homes. Once we reach Shih-Fen, we will step off the coach and into a world that hasn’t changed much since the days when coal was extracted from the nearby mountains over a hundred years ago. But there’s a history here that dates back thousands of years – sky lanterns. These small hot air balloons were originally used at the beginning of the 3rd century BC as an instrument of war to pass information along to troops. Today, they are a beautiful expression of people’s prayers, wishes and dreams. Made of oiled rice paper, each lantern measures almost two feet in diameter and four feet high. After writing a message on the lantern, a candle is lit inside and then the lantern is released, with hopes that it reaches the heavens. During our tour, we can make a wish and set our own sky lantern off before venturing along the many shops and admiring the sights on Old Street.
Then, we will be transported up along winding roads, through lush, rolling mountains, upon which wispy white clouds skim. Up, up we go, until Chiufen reveals itself with its closely-packed houses that cling to steep mountainsides facing the sea. Chiufen means “nine portions” in Mandarin and refers to a time when only nine families lived in this village during the Ch’ing Dynasty.
Enriched with beautiful views, architecture, souvenir shops and tasty local food stalls, Chiufen is an excellent, memorable destination to conclude our day ashore in Taiwan.
Please note: the order of visits may vary. This tour involves a lot of walking. Chiufen is a hillside town with steep inclines and steps.


What you need to know

There is limited availability of English-language guides. 

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