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.
More recommended tours
Science Park Exploration Museum
Science Park Exploration Museum, established in 2007 by the Hsinchu Science Park Bureau, was originally a first generation standard factory until its conversion into a modern exhibit. The visitors will have a chance to explore the history and development of the Hsinchu Science Park and the impact that technology and innovation continue to have on all our lives. Would you like to know more about the park? Come and explore!
「Discovering Taiwan─Re-visiting the Age of Natural History and Naturalists of Taiwan」
“Discovering Taiwan” has two units. Unit One focuses on the research tradition of the naturalists in the beginning of the 20th century. During on-site field studies, the museum’s researchers recorded their research findings and brought back specimens and new knowledge that contributed to the museum’s collections. Unit Two introduces how specimens became cherished evidence of natural history research through organization, identification, and classification. They are an important source for scientific research. Specimens represent different species. Different specimens form a miniature version of our big nature, illustrating the evolutionary history of different species in nature. “Taiwan’s New Scopes” introduces the important naturalists and their findings in the 100- year history of the National Taiwan Museum. These naturalists worked hard to unveil the secrets of Taiwan’s nature. Thanks to them, we can appreciate the beauty of Formosa through different lenses. “The Past is the Future” means that the museum does not only bring visitors to the past, but they also lead us to reflect on the current and envision the future. People often think that museum collections are evidence of history being frozen in time. The appearance of the collections may stay constant. But people’s opinions about the collections change constantly. Therefore, they may have different meanings and values in different times. In the museum, the past is the future. This is why people never lose their interest in museums.
Lanyu Region: Tourism Information
To many Taiwanese people, Lanyu is a distant legend. The local indigenous people – the Yami people (a.k.a. Tao), follow their traditional knowledge rigorously, and lead a simple life. Compared to other indigenous peoples in Taiwan, the Yami people (Tao) experienced no mass migration, and hence preserve most of their traditional lifestyles. Today, even though the younger generation has chosen to leave the Island for work and choose to live in concrete houses, many traditional seniors still adhere to their traditions and lead a carefree life close to nature. Perhaps it was the eve of the tourist season when we landed on Lanyu, as there were not many tourists yet. The slower pace of life allowed us to relish the local lifestyle. Upon alighting from the plane, we were received by the warm hospitality of the southern islands. One can’t help but slow down, casting away the hustle and bustle of the city for the time being. Along the circular island road, one can often see the locals sitting casually, chatting and sipping tea, or the seniors sitting at their doorsteps, enjoying the sun and doing nothing. Their carefree attitude towards life is something the city dwellers could not possess. When you simply pass by the shops, you’ll be welcomed by warm greetings, and new friends are made as conversations strike up. Though it was just a few days, the trip was very fruitful. Besides the beautiful sceneries, I also experienced the human touch, which seems to be missing in the present technological era.
HEPING ISLAND PARK
“An offshore island, yet a connected island”,probably best sums up for Heping Island. Get away from crowded city to Heping Island, all you need to do is take a turn and cross a 70-meter bridge. Five million years ago, Heping Island was originally three isolated islands, they were the Bush Island, Sheliao Island and Zhongshan Zi Island. Later, the three small islands were gradually merged by manmade facilities and reclamation. The "Heping Island Park," where we are now, is the original location of Zhongshan Zi Island. Now, Heping Island is connected to Taiwan by the Heping Bridge. Heping Island's coasts are strongly affected by marine erosion and weathering. This contributes to the island's many natural landscapes, making it an ideal place for an outing and for learning about nature. Feel tired of your busy life? Why not packing up your bag and go Heping Island Park! Let’s do it! Sitting on the beach and listening to the sound of the waves beating on the shore, smashing a favorite song, picnic with friends and enjoy the leisurely life of the island. Find your peace is so simple.