Yangmingshan National Park ( 陽明山國家公園 Chinese:Yang Ming Shan) is a collection of peaks in Taiwan, located to the northeast of Taipei.
The tallest peak, Qixingshan (Seven Star Mountain), has an elevation of 1120 meters, and its peak is the highest point in Taipei City. Trails leading throughout the entire park consist of basalt pavers, are steep in places, and can be fairly treacherous during periods of rain. Expect to be passed by septuagenarian locals who make the trip every week!
Below approximately 1000 meters, the park is characterized by tropical rainforest, whereas above 1000 meters, scrub-like trees and tall clumping grasses are the main form of vegetation.
Bus 260 leaves from Zhengzhou Road (the road directly behind Taipei Main Railway Station) for the park every ten minutes, traveling along Zhongshan North Road, and turning right onto Jung-zhen Road in Shilin. From Jiantan MRT Station, Bus Red 5 leaves for the park every 15 minutes. From Beitou, bus 230 plies the route every thirty minutes. It is a short walk from the bus terminal station to the cultivated area of the park. The journey from Taipei Main Station takes about forty minutes and costs NT$30
Mini-bus number 19 departs Beitou for Judz-hu (refer to 'see' section below) every hour.
Fees and Permits
Entry to the park is free.
- The mountains are covered in a network of roads, and there are several mini-buses that leave from Jung-zhen Road (directly in front of exit 1 at Shilin MRT Station) that traverse the mountains.
- The mountains are connected by a well maintained hiking trails.
- Azaleas in spring.
- The panorama of Taipei (especially attractive at night) from an observation platform at the entrance to Judz-hu (bamboo lake).
- Hike - the mountain peaks are accessible by a network of well maintained hiking trails.
- Soak in sulphur hot spring baths - Yangmingshan is dotted with hot spring resorts. There are also a few free baths maintained by the city government.
- Relax - Yangmingshan is all about relaxation and recuperation. It is the first place Taipei citizens think of when stressed out or feeling run down. Fill your lungs full of fresh mountain air, let your eyes rest on miles of lush green hills, and let your body melt away in a milky sulphur bath.
Places to bathe
- Besides beautiful scenery, Yangmingshan is also famous for its poisonous snakes. Don't go wandering off into scrub land.
- It is illegal to pick flowers.
- It is illegal to kill or disturb wild-life.
- Obviously, don't litter.
- Hot spring etiquette requires that bathers thoroughly wash their bodies before entering the bath, do not wear clothing (including swim wear) in the bath and tie up their hair so that it does not touch the water.