Welcome to Pingxi
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Situated in the northeast area of New Taipei City, Pingxi is a well-known mountain town, which is near the upstream of Keelung River and surrounded by mountains.

As the Keelung River runs through this small town, which has caused very obvious erosion and dissected topography in the vicinity, there are a number of faults and peculiarly-shaped rocks and boulders.

Numerous waterfalls of different sizes appear where the river flows, including the Shifen Waterfall, Lingjiao Waterfall, and Yenjingdong Waterfall (meaning glasses hole) as well as a few potholes.

These natural phenomena are all rare landscapes in northern Taiwan.

Pingxi is also known as the “home of sky lanterns.” The ancestors in Pingxi hid in caves around hillsides upon the invasion of armed bandits. Those who remained in villages would release sky lanterns to inform their villagers in hiding that the crisis was over. Hence, sky lanterns were also called peace lantern or blessing lanterns.

Today, visitors come to Pingxi to release a sky lantern during Lunar New Year holidays to wish for a prosperous year ahead. As environmental awareness increases in recent years, the eco-friendly materials of sky lanterns have been adopted to achieve the balance of tourism and ecology, and sky lanterns are released in a controlled quantity each year.

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