Tourist Spot in Taiwan: Shifen

Shifen Old Street is one of the tourist attractions in Taiwan that was originally a place for coal mining during the colonization of Japan. Given that it has existed at that period of time, the people of today are captivated by its old charm and it has become a must-visit to the locals and foreigners. To maximize your time, here are the four things to do in Shifen Old Street.

Shifen Old Street

Four Things to Do in Shifen

1. Make a Wish

Sky Lantern is a popular activity for the visitors in Shifen. Paint your wishes by using the calligraphy brush in the lantern and the sellers will help you fly it up away to the sky. Each color of the sides of the lantern has its corresponding meaning and its pricing. See the picture below.

Sky Lantern Color Meaning

See the video below on how to lett go of the sky lantern.

You might also want to buy a souvenir of a cute version of the lantern to bring home. The lanterns light up when it gets shaken is adorable to look at. Souvenir: Taiwan Dollar 50-75.

2. Fill your Tummy

Walk towards the train station and you will discover tons of interesting food. Like this Taiwanese burger (gua bao). The bread is the same bread used for the siopao but it was no comparison to the siopao. Every ingredient complements one another. (I ordered another one to take home – to the Philippines)

Taiwanese Burger

Quench your thirst by what Taiwan is known for… milk tea!
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Meanwhile, the weather was freezing but the peanut ice cream will shove off the coolness you are feeling. It’s known in Taiwan, so better try it.
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The last but not the least is the stall located at the most end of the old street – the chicken stuffed with rice! The coated sauce was done right and the stuffed rice is savory. Definitely, a must try.


Try all of these; it won’t hurt your pocket!

3. Hear the Sounds of Raging Waterfalls

Getting here would need you to walk 20 minutes away or tell your tourist guide/driver to drop you off at Shifen Waterfall. It is just a 20-meter tall but 40-meter wide waterfalls, calling it as the Niagara Falls of Taiwan. Come here during the sunny days to see the rainbow effect created naturally because of the power of the water as it falls. In the picture below, it was raining so there’s no “rainbow pond” to expect. Nevertheless, the cascading beauty of the waterfalls continues to show off.



4. Strike a Pose

With the liberty of loitering on the railway, who would not think of taking a chance of a cool Instagram-worthy photo?
Shifen Old Street

Also, the sturdy gigantic bridge suggests an eye-catching perspective shot.
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Not just that, using the heights from the bridge going to the waterfalls, you can have a nice snapshot.
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It was no wonder that Shifen is the most favorite spot of the tourist next to Jiufen. There are so many things you can do in just one place. Come and experience it yourself!

See the direction here from Guide to Taipei.