Last weekend I was invited by my language exchange partner to take a trip, with her sister and her sister’s language exchange partner, to Shifen （十分）.
Weather-wise, we couldn’t have picked a better day. It was gorgeous! Shifen is accessible by the Pingxi Railway Line. The area is well known for it’s lantern festival. The railroad tracks actually cut right through Shifen Old Street. There are shops and places to eat along the street as well as a number of vendors that sell lanterns that you can write your wishes on and send off into the sky.
It took us over and hour to reach Shifen so we stopped for a quick snack of roasted corn when we arrived.
After our snack we found a place we could have a bit more to eat before we set of exploring.
After lunch we walked to the Shifen Waterfall. It’s famous for having a circumference that resembles the mighty Niagara Falls.
We spent a good twenty minutes here admiring the falls.
The area around the falls has quite a few Buddhist statutes.
As well as a small petting zoo with goats and ‘beautiful Japanese chickens’.
After the falls we goofed around on the railroad tracks.
But soon realized our goofing around was tame in comparison to others…
To top off our Shifen experience we decided to get our own wish lantern.
We each took turns writing our wishes. Mari’s was in Japanese,
Jessica and her sister, Eva’s, were in Chinese,
And of course mine was in English. (This family was watching on as I painted so I took a photo with their daughters after I was done).
After we were done writing we lined up on the railroad track alongside others
Lit up our ballon and let it go…
It was magical watching all the wish lanterns fly away. After a long, amazing day we made our way back to Taipei.