Introducing Yangmingshan National Park
How fortunate Taipei is to have this national park (Yángmíngshān Guójiā Gōngyuán; www.ymsnp.gov.tw) at its doorstep, complete with majestic mountains, hot springs, tall grasses, forests of bamboo and broad-leaf trees and some handsome lodgings and restaurants. Among its 1200-plus species of plants, the area is particularly known for rhododendrons, azaleas and Japanese cherry trees. An excellent escape from the city for hikers, hot-spring lovers, birdwatchers, or just about anyone getting away from it all.
The centrepiece of the park is Cisingshan (Qīxīngshān), northern Taiwan's tallest peak at 1120m. Yangmingshan bus station (陽明山國家公園公車站) is near the south entrance of the park, and from here you can catch a shuttle bus around the park. There are some cafes and convenience stores near the bus station and nearby Jianguo St turns into an adhoc food festival on nice days.
Yangmingshan tends to be a bit cooler than central Taipei, and afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in summer. Roads further up and towards Jinshan can often be foggy, making for treacherous night driving conditions.
Yangmingshan National Park and Hot-Spring Half-Day Tour from Taipei
Want to take a relaxing hot spring bath? Visit the Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou (Peitou) on this tour from Taipei. Visit the hot spring and fumaroles, the tranquil lakes and beautiful grass fields on this relaxing half-day tour from Taipei. The Beitou Hot Springs are said to relieve all ailments from muscle pain to nervous tension.
Private Tour: Yangmingshan National Park Day Trip from Taipei
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