Yangmingshan: The Ultimate Guide

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Named after Ming Dynasty scholar Wang Yangming, ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป is the treasure trove of wonders for the Taipei expat and well deserves its reputation as the most beautiful national park in Taiwan. Here are some highlights to get your bucket list started: ๐Ÿ”ธ soak in the local hot springs ๐Ÿ”ธ visit historical buildings ๐Ÿ”ธ wander through flower gardens ๐Ÿ”ธ take scenic hikes through forests or grasslands ๐Ÿ”ธ feast on sweeping vistas and great photo-ops.

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Zhuzihu Lake

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Zhuzihu (bamboo lake) is a scenic farming village hidden away in the western reaches of Yangmingshan National Park, and one of my favourite places to cater to my floral obsession and escape from the sultry Taipei summers. Originally a lake created by lava from the surrounding volcanos, today Zhuzihu is home to an unique flora, delicious restaurants and attractions for all ages. Romantic flower gardens and ancient hiking trails abound, so choose your pick and start exploring! ๐Ÿ“† Spring to Autumn Distance: ๐Ÿš 2h 15min | ๐Ÿš˜ 40min

  • Zhuzihu Lake, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112

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ๅคง่ณžๅœ’

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If you know me in real life or follow me on Instagram, you may be aware about my obsession with ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€. The iconic flower that ushers in Japan's rainy season, these pompom blooms are enjoyed year round in Taiwan's subtropical climate, available for purchase at local markets as early as January. The area around ๐—ญ๐—ต๐˜‚๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ต๐˜‚ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ is heaven for the hydrangea lover, exploding during summer with the full spectrum of the rainbow. ๐Ÿ“ธ Make a stop at one of the many insta-famous ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ while exploring the Zhuzihu area and you'll have a collection of beautiful photos you'll want to look back at over and over again. ๐Ÿ“† April (for calla lilies) - May (for hydrangeas) ๐Ÿ• 1-2 hours ๐ŸŽซ 100ๅ…ƒ (when the calla lilies are in bloom, rental boots and picking lilies included)

  • +886 914 060 199
  • 112, Taiwan, Taipei City, Beitou District, ็ซนๅญๆน–่ทฏ67-7่™Ÿ

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Considering enjoying Zhuzihu's famous calla lilies or hydrangeas? Why not pair your photoshoot with a cappuccino and some homemade cookies at ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ. This cafรฉ boasts both a cozy interior and a carefully landscaped garden with winding paths, a flower slope and a variety of photo-ops. The drink menu is extensive, offering varieties of coffee, milk and milk teas for all tastes. ๐Ÿ“† April for calla lilies - May for hydrangeas (if you plan on picking calla lilies, please note it can only be done in the morning) ๐ŸŽซ 100ๅ…ƒ for either calla picking or consumption (you can go to Beitou's Farmer Association to buy discounted entrance tickets) https://www.facebook.com/minyangpu

  • +886 2 2862 7639
  • ็ซนๅญๆน–่ทฏ(็”จgoogle mapๆœๅฐ‹ๅ้™ฝๅŒไผ‘้–’่พฒ่ŽŠๅณๅฏ, ๅŒ—ๆŠ•ๅ€ๅฐๅŒ—ๅธ‚ Taiwan 112

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Jhuzihhu Shueiwei Callalily Trail

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โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ...โ€ ... is covered in ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€. How would you like to enjoy an afternoon strolling through endless fields of these beautiful pure white flowers, with a scenic backdrop of steam-shrouded mountains? I know Iโ€™d be as happy as 6 year old in a playground! ๐Ÿ“† March to May ๐Ÿ• 3 hours ๐ŸŽซ While you can walk around the fields free of charge, entering the privately owned farms to get close and personal with the flowers will usually cost an admission ticket of 50~100ๅ…ƒ.

  • +886 2 2892 4185#540
  • 112, Taiwan, Taipei City, Beitou District, ็ซนๅญๆน–่ทฏ67-8่™Ÿ

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Beitou Hot Springs

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If a hot dip is your favourite way to chase away the cold during the chilly months, you will find Beitou Hot Springs to be a true haven. Beitou is the only hot spring village in Taipei, and the only metro-accessible one in Taiwan. It sits at the feet of Yangming mountain, a dormant volcano. Thermal valleys located uphill provide the hot springs with three kinds of sulphur-rich waters (white sulphur, green sulphur and iron sulfur).

  • +886 2 2895 5418
  • 112, Taiwan, Taipei City, Beitou District, Guangming Road, 283่™Ÿๅฐๆนพ

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Lengshuikeng Hot Springs

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๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด literally translates as ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. Maybe the cartographers were just having a bad day, but don't let this name fool you, as it doesn't do these hot springs any justice. First of all, the water is not cold (just not as hot at that in the Beitou hot springs). Secondly, at Lengshuikeng you can experience hot springs in a National Park ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ. If you plan to hike Qixing mountain, this is where you should start, as many trails conveniently loop back to this visitor centre. Before heading out, take the time to visit the ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ, where sulphuric fumes turn the water murky white. On the way back, soak your weary feet in the ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต for instant relief. ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ: the hot springs are gender-segregated, and you enter the baths in the nude.

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Qixingshan Trail

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Despite being the highest peak in Yangminshan, Mt. Qixing (seven stars) is a relatively easy hike that anyone can tackle. The mountain owes its name to its seven peaks, the result of time eroding the ancient volcanic crater that once crowned the top. The trailhead can be easily accessed by the Lengshuikeng Visitor Centre, which will first skirt ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ before starting the ascent proper. The path will take you through woodland staircases, bamboo corridors and grassy trails. Take your time to get personal with the local wildlife of bamboo partridges, iridescent lizards and huge butterflies. Once you summit the East Peak and then the Main Peak (approx. 1100m) you will be rewarded by sweeping 360 degrees vistas over Taipei and the surrounding mountain range. At this point it's up to you if you want to loop back to Lensuikeng through ๐—ค๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ or make the full round trip that will take you all the way past ๐—ญ๐—ต๐˜‚๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ต๐˜‚. ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜. Mt. Qixingn is the highest (dormant) volcano in Taiwan. ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜. Talking of biodiversity, the densely forested southern slope of Mt. Qixing is said to be inhabited by a spectrum of critters with the most interesting names: weevils, assassin bugs, darkling beetles and blister beetles, just to name a few. Now, who wants to hike that side of the mountain? ๐Ÿ• 4 ~ 5 hours

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