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.
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.
Rodel wanted just to fly one color, but I insisted that we chose 4. Hehe The colors represent different aspects of one’s life.
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
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. We just drew some fun art and wishfully think that the forces of the universe will listen. I do not usually believe in these practices or ceremonies, but we did it anyway.
We wandered around the streets and checked out the other stores.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1 Taiwan museum of contemporary art, huashan 1914 creative park & elephant mountain
taiwan day 2: taipei zoo, maokong gondola cable car ride, maji square and taipei fine arts museum
Day 3 Taiwan: jiufen at night + getting lost to find the old tea house
Where we stayed in Taiwan: Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei