With only an hour’s drive from Taipei, Yangmingshan is one of the favorite getaways from the city, especially during summer time. Yangmingshan National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan. It is the only national park in Taiwan that has a volcanic geography and hot springs. The elevation may be low at 200-1100 meters above sea level but is endowed with magnificent landscape, breathtaking valleys, scenic hills, waterfalls and hot springs. If one does not have much time to go around for adventurous hikes, these places below can be enough to fill your Yangmingshan experience for a day or two.
Calla Lily Garden of Zhuzihou
Yangmingshan was orginally called Chhau-sou (Grass Mountain) due to its verdant hills and peaks. At the lower slopes of Yangmingshan under the Beitou district, spans at least 13 hectares of land with free flowing rivers and streams. The damp lands is home to at least 45 farms where Calla Lily thrives. From March to May, the plants are in full bloom like a thin white veil blanketing the landscape. They even have a Calla Lily Festival every March.
We were able to visit one of the farms in Jhuzihu. The Miau Ban Calla Lily Garden Restaurant is set amidst a garden of Calla Lilies. Aside from the sumptuous local cuisines which are heavy on mushroom and root crops like the stir fried mushrooms, sauteed yam shoots, fried eggplants and more. They made sure to have interesting items at the garden to make it more IG-worthy.
Miao Ban Calla Lily Garden
Contact: +886 2 2861 5419
No.56-7, Zhuzihu Rd.
Yangmingshan, Beitou District
Xiaoyoukeng Geological Landscape
At the northwestern slopes of Mt Qixing, Taipei’s highest peak, is the Xiaoyoukeng post-volcanic geological park. It’s an awesome place to feel the volcanic energy up close and under one’s feet at 805 meters above sea level. There are live fumaroles actively spewing sulfurous gases in the air. The mountain gradient view is also very scenic.
Yangmingshan has plenty of hot springs, making it a popular tourist draw especially during winter season. Resorts like Tien Lai Resort and Spa is one of the iconic establishments that people usually crowd for a day trip or overnight stays.
The Yangming Park is at the heart of Yangmingshan National Park. It’s near the visitor center and the main bus station. It is often the first stop for visitors.
A large clock made of flowers, 22 feet in diameter, is one of the attractions of the park. Every hour the flower clock plays music. Also near the area is the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek, flanked by cypress trees on both sided planted by the late president himself.
A few flight of stairs, sided by a rich line of trees lead to Xinhai-Guangfu Building. Nestled amidst the woods, this two-story, Chinese architectural structure was built in 1971. The environment looks quaint especially when the cherry blossoms starts to bloom and autumn paints wild colors in nature.
Going to Yangmingshan National Park
- Private Transport：Nat’l Hwy 1> Exit at the Taipei Interchange > Prov. Hwy 2B > Bailing Bridge > Zhongzheng Rd. > Prov. Hwy 2A → Zhuzihu Rd.
- Public Transport：
- Take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) or train to Taipei Station, then ride a Royal Bus bound for Jinshan to the Yangmingshan National Park Administration.
- Take the MRT to Jiantan Station, the continue by Bus Red-5 to Yangmingshan stop. Ride the Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop.
- Take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) or train to Taipei Station, continue by Bus No. 260 to Yangmingshan stop. Then take Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop.
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