An Amazing Day Trip to Shifen and Jiufen

“A look at the Shifen Waterfalls, one of the most popular waterfalls in Taiwan.”

“The busy streets with astonishing red lanterns of Jiufen.”

One of the things I love about Shifen and Jiufen is you get a sense of their history and culture while walking around these areas. These places are symbols of their culture and pride. Flying off a sky lantern in Shifen Town, viewing the vast waters of Shifen waterfalls, and walking around the historical Jiufen old street with beautiful sceneries are one of the reasons why these are popular destinations in Taiwan for locals and tourists alike.

Shifen Waterfalls is a 20-meter tall, 40-meter wide waterfalls located in Pingxi District making it the broadest waterfalls in Taiwan. The Shifen Waterfalls, also known as the Little Niagara, is famous both to the locals and tourists so expect a bunch of people visiting this place even on a weekday.

From Shifen Station, you need to hike for about 20-30 minutes going to the waterfalls. You can also enjoy the views around the area while walking. Before, they used to charge an entrance fee, but now it is ABSOLUTELY FREE! It is open daily from 9:00-16:30 only.

After the hike, you’ll definitely get hungry. But don’t worry as along the streets of Shifen Town, there are loads of cafeterias and stalls that sell delicious Taiwan delicacies, foods, drinks, and souvenirs that you could choose from.

There is an array of vendors selling sky lanterns as well where you can write down your dreams and wishes and let them fly to the sky hoping for it to come true. In the ancient days, sky lanterns were flown to signal their families and relatives that they are safe but nowadays, it has already become a tourist activity. You can either choose a one-colored or a four-colored lantern to which each colors have their own meaning. You can fly your sky lantern in the railways as there is only one train that comes every hour. The vendors will also help you take perfect shots and videos while you fly the lantern.

After flying a lantern, we waited for the train back to Ruifang Station. We then took a 20-minute bus ride from Ruifang Station going to Jiufen Old Street.

Jiufen Old Street also houses various restaurants and stalls selling different stuffs from food to souvenirs. If you really love having food trips, then this place is for you! You can try fresh and delicious food that you can only see here in Taiwan. What makes Jiufen Old Street unique is that it is located at the top of the mountain and from there; you can grasp the stunning sights of its nearby mountains, temples, and sea.

Its iconic red lanterns accompanied by the century-old structured buildings are just all over the place. If you have seen Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning anime film, Spirited Away, then you will surely love and relate to this place.

Note: While Jiufen is a must see spot when visiting northern Taiwan, public transport are actually busy because of the number of tourists that visits here every day. Queuing for a long time just to board a bus is just normal.

Below is our itinerary with a brief breakdown of our expenses during our day trip in Shifen and Jiufen:





Leave for Ruifang (TRA) from Taipei Main Station



Arrived at Ruifang and Transferred to Pingxi Line



Arrived at Shifen Station and strolled around Shifen Town


Started walking to Shifen Waterfalls



Shifen Waterfalls



Started walking back to Shifen Town near Shifen Station


Ate our lunch at Shifen Town



Flew a Sky Lantern

150.00/1 color;

200.00/4 colors


Leave for Ruifang Station



Took a bus going to Jiufen Old Street



Arrived at Jiufen Old Street



Strolled around the Old Street

(Food trips: optional)


Leave for Ruifang Station from Jiufen



Arrived at Ruifang Station



Leave for Taipei



Arrived in Taipei





However, time and costs may vary depending on the number of hours and things you spend in each places. In getting on the TRA from Taipei Main to Ruifang and in the Pingxi Line, you can either use your Easy Card, or buy a ticket at their ticketing counter. Still, I suggest using the Easy Card as it is more convenient and you can save more time if you don’t want to bear those long queues (especially during weekends).

  • Trains departing from Ruifang Station daily:
    05:19, 06:26, 07:23, 08:06, 09:03, 10:03, 11:08, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05, 16:08, 17:05, 18:30, 19:21, 21:12, 23:00
  • Trains departing from Shifen Station daily:
    05:47, 06:30, 07:50, 08:45, 09:50, 10:50, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:50, 15:48, 16:50, 17:53, 18:29, 19:57, 20:43, 22:30

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Another asian destination thats on my list! Hopefully before the year ends! Though I doubt that, I have China, Kyoto, Nepal until the year ends. Too many amazing destinations too little time. But I loved your costing. Gives me an idea how much to budget for!


Hi Carla! No worries, you still have a lot of time. You can visit Taiwan anytime next year though. 🙂


This is very informative 👌 i want to visit Taiwan too. Hopefully soon.


Hi Lyndha! I hope you could be able to visit Taiwan soon! 🙂

My Global Attitude

A smaller version of Niagara falls in Taiwan. Beautiful post and the photos. I haven’t been to Taiwan but it’s in my list.


Yes, it was really an amazing beauty! Thank you 🙂


Nice the place, the lantern and busy streets, photos are seducing me to come taiwan in the future 🙂


Hello Kayhdj, There are still more places to explore here in Taiwan. It’s definitely worth a visit!

JM Kayne

The falls looks like Niagara! 🙂 and it’s good to know that it is free! Pwede maligo diha? Nice kaayo!
I love all your photos, who’s taking them? 😀

Taiwan seemed to have lots of beautiful places to visit.

God bless!
JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥


Hi JM! Unfortunately, dili allowed magswimming sa area. Hahaha. The photos were taken by both of us. Thank you JM. We’re glad you like it.

Mihaela Dragan

Oh wow, that’s an amazing itinerary 💛 hopefully I’ll get to use it, because I love waterfalls and Taiwan is definitely on my travel list 🐥


Hi Mihaela, Absolutely! Taiwan is really a great place, you should definitely visit here.


This helps me. Thanks Ms.Yap :”>


You’re welcome Grace 🙂