Yangmingshan National Park and Hot Spring Tour
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Yangmingshan National Park, or also more popularly known as Yangmingshan, is one of Taipei's best attractions you must visit. Located in the northern Taipei City, the park is a home to variety of wildlife and plants sprawling across numerous hiking trails. The national park has been around since 1937 under the name “Daiton National Park” given by Seizo Kobayashi , the Japanese governor who is also a general of Taiwan. Later, the name changed into its present name by Chiang Kai-shek as a homage to a scholar from Ming Dynasty named Wang Yangming in 1962.
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Yangmingshuwu was also a summer home built for former president Chiang Kai-shek, and today it serve as an interactive museum. Visitors can learn more about the history of the national park, they might also learn about one or two interesting fact about the former Taiwanese ruler. Not only serve as a very important landmark of Taiwan, Yangmingshuwu also frequently host numerous art and calligraphy exhibitions.
Xiaoyoukeng is probably the most famous attraction spot in Yangmingshan, particularly because this place is steaming sulphur vents. One must have a very strong nose as when you pass this place, you'll smell very strong sulphuric odor. Many describe the odor is similar with strong smell of rotten eggs. Fortunately, you'll get used to it eventually. The path in the area will leads you to the highest peak of the park called Mt. Qixing. From the mountain summit, breathtaking view of downtown Taipei is waiting for the hikers. So it is absolutely worth all the effort and bravery to pass the stinky smell!
Erziping is one of the most scenic and also peaceful spots in the park. Lush greenery are sprawling across the serene valley. You'll stumble into ponds with crystal clear water and dragonflies hovering over them. Erziping area is a home to many floras, you can find all sorts of interesting plant species here. Nemophilists and botanophiles will find their heaven here.
Located right next to the green valley Erziping is Datun Nature Park. The scenic nature park is also a home to many plants and insects life. Don't forget to visit its visitor center, it house a very interesting exhibition that tells about life of Taiwanese ancient ancestors who dwelled in the park over centuries.
Do you want to soak in a hotspring, but you're not fond of its high temperature? Try Lengshuikeng instead. Also known as a cold hotspring, the hotspring's water temperature is much lower compared to other hotsprings in the area. It still possess the same benefits though, as many hikers will drop by to dip their feet in the hotspring after a long tiring hike. Lengshuikeng also feature an indoor bathing area.
Qiangtiangang is arguably the most popular spot in Yangmingshan that offer the scenic view of Taipei city and verdant grassland for non-hikers. The sight is exceptionally beautiful and serene. You can explore the area even further by following the trails that will lead you to other interesting spots inside the park (Yangminshuwu is an exception).
How to Get Tickets?
One reason that makes Yangmingshan is the best attraction in Taipei is that you don't have to pay for admission fees to enter the National Park. You only need to pay for the parking fee, but that only applies if you bring a car.
How To Get Around?
While Yangmingshan is quite extensive, it is still possible to explore all attractions inside on foot. If you're feeling tired, you can always take short break in numerous spots inside the park.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Yangmingshan is in weekdays, as there will be less crowds clogging the national park. If you come to the park at noon, you'd probably want to apply some sunscreen and bring a hat to protect you from the heat.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, a guide won't be necessary. All informations about Yangmingshan can be found inside this website.
How To Get There?
You can reach Yangmingshan by taking a MRT Red – Xiangshan Line 2 to Jiantan station. Leave from Exit 1 and walk to the left until you reach nearby bus station. Take a direct city bus R5 or any small busses number S15 or S17 to Yangmingshan Station. The national park is just few minutes walk from the bus station.
If you're planning to go on a hiking in Yangmingshan, you should bring enough refreshments. Be sure to bring enough water and snacks. Don't forget to also buy a mosquitoes repellent, a hat, and a sunscreen. In the afternoon and at night the weather can be windy, so a wind-breaker might be a great idea as well.