It’s our fourth day in Taiwan, and we are touring Yangmingshan, Beitou Hot Springs, and Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.
Yangmingshan is one of the nine national parks of Taiwan. It is more than a hundred hectares, with several trails, parks and scenic spots. Our driver says that it is a popular destination even for locals, because it is very accessible from downtown Taipei. There are no entrance fees for the park, and there is a bus line that could take you to the different scenic spots within Yangmingshan.
In our visit, we visited three of these scenic spots. First we visited Zhuzihu, an area of flower farms. In particular, we saw calla lily farms, and it was really nice to just walk around and enjoy the cool breeze while looking at the flowers.
Next we went to Xiaoyoukeng, a post-volcanic geological landscape known for fumaroles, hot springs and sulfur crystals. When we went, the fog was thick and we didn’t quite see the surrounding areas.
It smelled strongly of rotten eggs, so we didn’t spend too much time here.
After Xiaoyoukeng, we left Yangmingshan for a bit and headed to a restaurant our driver swears by. It is a popular local spot known for their roast chicken, not yet discovered by tourists. Our driver doesn’t even know how to describe our location. Haha!
We had a feast— their famous roast chicken specially carved by Stanley, an oyster omelette, soup, rice, vegetables, chicken with pineapples…it was truly overwhelming, and I didn’t even know what most of them were called. :)) The chicken, of course, was heavenly, and they even showed us how the chicken was cooked.
After that awesome lunch, we headed back to Yangmingshan, and went to Qingtiangang Grasslands. It is a mountain-top flatland park, with charming winding roads, areas still home to wildlife, and areas where people can just sit around and enjoy the cool weather.
It was one of my favorite places, and if I were a local I’d probably love spending weekend afternoons here. 🙂
The grasslands (and the ice cream) concluded our tour around some of the scenic spots in Yangmingshan, and we headed next to Beitou, famous for their hot springs. Do check out the rest of our day in Beitou and Tamsui in the next post! 🙂