Attraction Jhuzihhu Rd, Beitou District, Taipei 112, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Yangmingshan National Park is special ?
Yangmingshan National Park is located in the north of Beitou. Yangmingshan was called Caoshan (Grass Mountain) during Japanese occupation of Taiwan, because it was covered with grass and seldom visited. After World War II, the KMT government renamed the mountain Yangmingshan and built a park here. Yangmingshan National Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. It is next to Shamao Mountain and Qixing Mountain with Datun Mountain on the right and Guanyin Mountain in front. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshan National Park a perfect summer resort. Total area of the park is 125 hectares, designed in traditional Chinese style. The natural beauty of the part has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.
The park is characterized by a large clock made of flowers with a diameter of 22 feet. Water runs around the flower clock and music is played every hour. The clock is the characteristic of Yangming Park. Opposite the clock is a statue of late president Chiang Kai-Shek; on both sides of the statue are the cypresses planted by president Chiang himself. The Xinhai Guangfu Building was completed in 1971, right in the center of the park. In addition, there is a statue of Wang Yang Ming, the famous Chinese scholar in the 17th century.
What to explore at Yangmingshan National Park?
Yangmingshan National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Taiwan. It features volcanic formations and fragrant blooming flowers during all four seasons. Because of the variety of beautiful plants and colorful flowers that flourish in the park, some people regard Yangmingshan National Park as the “backyard of Taipei”. Due to its tropical climate, Yangmingshan is an ideal location for plants and animals to grow.
Being the only national park in Taipei City, Yangmingshan National Park has become increasingly popular amongst Taipei citizen as well as foreigners. It is one of the best choices for families, couples, friends, and hikers to visit. The park also features popular scenic sites such as Qingtiangang and the Zhuzihu Scenic Spot. In addition to the scenery, visitors may also enjoy delicious wildlife cuisine at the national park.
Overall, Yangmingshan National Park is one of the perfect places to get close to the nature in Taipei City!
How to get to Yangmingshan National Park?
Nat'l Hwy 1→ Exit at the Taipei Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2B → Bailing Bridge → Zhongzheng Rd. → Prov. Hwy 2A → Zhuzihu Rd.
1. Take the THSR or train to Taipei Station, continue by Royal Bus (bound for Jinshan) to the Yangmingshan National Park Administration. Taiwan High Speed Rail
2. Take the MRT to Jiantan Station, continue by Bus Red-5 to Yangmingshan stop. Then take Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop.
3. Take the THSR or train to Taipei Station, continue by Bus No. 260 to Yangmingshan stop. Then take Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop.
- “Good place for trekking”
- “Quaint mountains near the city”
- “Definitely worth visiting.”
- “Beautiful park with diverse attractions!”
- “Oasis in the city”
Jhuzihhu Rd, Beitou District, Taipei 112, Taiwan
Tips for you
The place itself is very nice. We visited it on a rainy and cold day but it is still much enjoyable. Directions were not much clear if you don't know Chinese, but it will be fine with Google Maps and a few direction boards on the tracking way. The park together with National Palace Museum and Beitou make a good complex to visit. They are well connected by bus. From Yangmingshan, you can take "small" 9 bus to Beitou. I would recommend to get off at station of Tri-Service Hospital Beitou Branch, so you just need to walk down the hill to Thermal Valley instead of walking up from Xinbeitou station. P.S: search for Yangmingshan National Park Visitor Center. Google Maps failed to direct us there when we search for just "Yangmingshan National Park". As at Apr 2015, correct route is to take MRT to Shilin station then take bus "small" 5
The park has lots to offer and several different hiking routes to choose. Wear warm and waterproof clothes and bring some chocolates and water in case if you get lost in the mountain trails
It was a pleasant drive from Keelung into Taipei through the National Park. There are a few vista stops along the way. Try and stop for coffee or tea at one of the outlets and capture the view of Taipei city.
I am not the sport type person, so climbing up the hill is a bit tough to me, considering the heat, and I hate stairs.But the volcano view is quite interesting (I haven't seen other volcano before), and the top view is really great with the fog surrounding the mountain(My friend took me to walk the side trail to get to the best part, I think the top of the main trail is not really amusing)
I came here with my roommate. We had a good experience for hiking. We stopped at siao Yu ken and started to hike at noon. It was to hoot and no food to eat. The little supermarket up there didn't support enough food, just sushi ,Taiwanese traditional cake, and cookies. We were surprised that we couldn't get any instant noodles there. Otherwise, it was totally a good place for chilling out and hike. You can see the whole Taipei from the peak of mountain!