Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑) – The Sleeping Volcano in Mt.Qixing
A post-volcanic geological park, Xiaoyoukeng is located on Mt. Qixing’s northwestern corner, located approximately 805 metres above sea level.
The area is known for fumaroles (mountain-side sulphur gas exhaust), hot springs, sulphur crystals, is located close by to Mt. Zhuzi, Mt. Datun, and Mt. Xiaoguanyin, and provides views of the northeast coast outside Jinshan town area.
Smoke which consists of sulphur gas can be seen continuously release from the soil surface, the sulphur gas has quite an irritating smell so better be prepare a mask to wear beforehand! 😉
We had been told that the smoke quantity might vary depending on what time you visit the place, the earlier you visit the larger bulk of smoke can be seen from the site.
*The landslide incident always occurs around that area so it is adviced that not to get too close with the site at any costs.
If you are off for hiking purpose, walking from Xiaoyoukeng for around 1 hour along the Arrow Bamboo Trail to the top of Mt. Qixing reaches Taipei City’s highest point at 1,120 metres above sea level.
When coming down, it is recommended to take the East Peak path to visit Qixing Park, Menghuan Pond, and Lengshuikeng, all while taking in breathtaking views of downtown Taipei and Mt. Shamao. The trail ultimately leads back to the Yangmingshan Bus Station.
From Bus :
- From Yangmingshan Bus Station take Bus 108 or 124 to Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑).
*Highly recommend booking one-day tour guide for this destination if you wish to explore the whole Yangmingshan at ease.
Address: Xiaoyoukeng, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 04.30 pm (Mon-Sun).