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January 8, 2018

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at Shifen Old Street


Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at Shifen Old Street 


Flying a lantern is one of the must-do things when visiting Taiwan. We included this in our itinerary despite the fact that it is quite impossible to squeeze all activities on our last day.





From Jiufen, we took a bus going to Pingxi Line, and rode a train that took us to an old Shifen Street.

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen
Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


When we arrived, it was like seeing a different side of Taiwan. It was dark, the railway is old, there are shanty houses and stores around. Most of the stores were closing but there were still a few that offer us to fly a lantern (with free photo and video). They knew why we  were there  - to fly a lantern and make a wish. 

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen

Rodel wanted just to fly one color, but I insisted that we chose 4. The colors represent different aspects of one's life.

Lantern Colors
Red for good fortune
Purple for idealism
Blue for hope
White for health
Yellow for success
Pink for romance
Orange for money
Peach-Red for decisions and opportunities
Green for growth

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


Flying a lantern costs NTS 100 (1 color)  to 200 (4 colors). That is around USD $4 to USD  $8. 

I had a fun time writing down my wishes. While Rodel was (always) clueless at what to write. We just drew some fun art and wishfully think that the forces of universe will listen. I do not usually believe in these practices or ceremonies, but we did it anyway.

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen
Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


We wandered around the streets and checked out the other stores. 

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen
Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen
Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


The train passed and I was worried as shit when Rodel walked nearer to it to take a photo. I always get paranoid crossing railways. We didn't realize that it was the same train that would take us back to the city. Must be the reason why the locals were inaudibly pointing us the train. We missed it. 

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


The stores were closing down, and there was no one in the train station to ask help to. The signages were in Chinese and the place was starting to get darker and creepier. 

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen


We waited for an hour, but no train arrived. At 9 pm, we saw the train parked in the railway (I have no idea how it got there, maybe it came from the opposite side). We were the only people who boarded the train. It was a long commute back to the hotel but we made it safe and sound. 

One of the things that I have been praying and working hard for (note: not just wishing) happened. I felt like flying. Will tell you more about it on the next travel series. 

Taiwan Travel | Flying Lantern at the Old Shifen



... to be continued. 




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