After Yangmingshan, we headed to Beitou, famous for their hot springs. There are many resorts and hotels in the area offering hot springs as they are said to have healing effects, but we only went to Beitou Thermal Valley, where you can see a green-sulfur spring, with a viewing platform.
There is not much to see here except for the serene and beautifully-colored waters, and it still kind of smells like rotten eggs (only tamer than the smell in Yangmingshan).
Interesting tidbit: the information in the valley grounds say that it was once open for the public to cook eggs. However there were issues with scalding (yikes) and contamination of the spring itself so they had to stop this practice.
We spent about 15-30 minutes in Beitou Thermal Valley, and our last stop for the day was Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. Let me begin this section by saying that I am in love with nice waterfront developments, and it is my hope and prayer that we will see this sort of developments in the Philippines.
I’ve read some blogs saying that there isn’t really much to do here. I must say they’re true, because people here just literally chill out and wait for the sunset. We bought street food, soda, sat down and ate and told stories. The wharf was filled with families, couples, tourists…all just strolling, waiting for the sunset, with the beautiful skies as their backdrop, and songs from buskers filling the air.
Perhaps I’m romanticizing our experience here, but what I would probably always remember about this place is how everything slowed down, and I just enjoyed the company of my family, the view and the sunset. 🙂
It was for me the perfect way to end our day, and I am left with hopes for this kind of developments in our country! (and also hopes to live somewhere near them. hehe)
The next day, we are leaving Taipei and heading to Taichung, where we’ll be spending the rest of our stay!