Travel Services & Info
- Take the train to Xinying Train Station
- Walk to the bus stop right across the train station, Take the bus (Brown Line, Brown No. 1, Brown No. 3) to Yanshui
- Get off at Yanshui stop, or ask the driver to tell you when to disembark.
- The last bus for the night departs at 01:00 midnight (from Yanshui to Xinying). The last bus from Xinying to Tainan train station departs at 23:00.
Xinying Train Station
Xinying Bus station
Brown Line Bus
Exit at Xinying interchange and head towards Yanshui, drive west along county highway No.172 for approx. 2.6 km. Traffic control will be implemented in downtown Yanshui from 15:00. So private vehicles and buses can only park/stop outside the downtown area. Pedestrians can walk about 10 minutes to the fireworks area.
Services & Info
- On that day the Tainan City police department Xinying Branch Yanshui Station will set up a temporary service center in case of any emergency or if visitors need any assistance.
- Yanshui Station: No. 23, Wumiao Rd., Yanshui District, 300 meters in front of the Great Emperor Guan Temple.
If you plan to enter the firecracker zone in the sports field of Yanshui Junior High, you must wear full protective gear (as shown in the photo). After you reach downtown Yanshui, you will find vendors selling thick jackets, helmets, and gloves. So don’t worry if you do not come fully prepared.
Yanshui fireworks story
Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is listed as one of the world’s three major folk festivals, and is also one of the most significant religious activities in Taiwan. Legend has it that the fireworks originated near the end of the 19th century during the Qing Dynasty. Back then there was a plague, and due to the lack of knowledge concerning medicine and treatment, the death toll increased every day. The terrified locals prayed to Guan Yu, or the Holy Ruler Deity Guan, and asked him for help. The deity replied that on the night of Lantern Festival Day, the deity will parade through the streets of Yanshui, and followers must set off firecrackers/fireworks as they trailed behind the deity’s holy sedan chair. The procession lasted until dawn, and the plague was no more. So the later generations carried on this custom and would welcome the Holy Ruler Deity Guan to make his rounds every year on the night of Lantern Festival Day. Every Lantern Festival night, the holy sedan chair slowly parades through the streets of Yanshui, surrounded by followers and visitors. When the sedan chair passes the doorways of stores and residences, racks of fireworks will be lit, sending firecrackers flying everywhere! People believe that after running through the flying fireworks, you can get rid of bad luck and have a prosperous and wonderful new year.
In the past when people mentioned the most prosperous cities in Taiwan, they would say “Fucheng(Tainan), Lugang, Manka, Yuejin”. Yuejin is another name for Yanshui, which was once the fourth largest city in Taiwan. You can catch a glimpse of its past glory at sites such as the Octagon Building, Old Qiaonan Street, Yuejin Harbor, and Yongcheng Theater.
rice cooked with pig’s head(Chinese)
Old Qiaonan Street(Chinese)
You can head towards Yanshui in the afternoon and take a stroll through the city. Later sample some local delicacies, for example, Yanshui noodles and rice cooked with pig’s head, at Yanshui Tourist Snack Town. At dusk you can visit the annual Yuejin Lantern Festival at the Yuejin Harbor Riverside Park which presents more than 40 light installations; and after night falls, the exciting Yanshui beehive fireworks will begin!