Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山) – Taipei Mountain Highland Guide
Yangmingshan National Park is located in northern Taipei City, and easily accessible from downtown.
Spanning 114SQ. KM the area is home to numerous parks, hiking trails, interesting plants and wildlife, and the internationally famous hot springs.
Designated as Category II by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a national park for protection of nature and wildlife and ranging in elevation from 200 metres to 1,200 metres, there are many different subtropical and warm temperate climate zones that can be found within the park.
The lasting Japanese influence on the area can be found in the area’s countless hot springs around Beitou and Xingyi Road, as well as many private hot springs only available by reservation.
As the area is rich in sulphur, mining operations previously operated in the area. All mining operations have been shut down due to environmental effects, and visitors can check out the decommissioned mines such as the one at Liuhuanggu (硫磺谷).
With its growth as a centre for sulphur mining in northern Taiwan, many Han Chinese such as the Hoklo from Fujian and the Hakka began moving to the area to cultivate tea plantations and other agricultural products, and today, wide-scale agriculture has been replaced by more boutique-style agriculture with a tourism focus, such as the Calla lilies at Zhuzihu (竹子湖).
Each season brings a different type of beauty to the area. February and March are the flowering seasons, and rhododendrons and cherry blossoms cover the mountain slopes to welcome the spring. Summer brings winds from the southwest with occasional showers and thunder in the afternoon, creating amazing weather effects in the mountains.
By October, the mountains are covered with silver grass and the golden red colour of maple leaves. Rainbows can be seen after misty autumn rains. Winter time has unique scenery as well since monsoons bring a cold drizzle that creates seas of clouds that look like a fantasy world, with the possibility of snow falling on cold days.
Yangmingshan Favourite Attractions:
- Qingtiangang Grassland Trails (擎天崗)
- Yangming Park, Flower Clock (陽明公園, 花鐘)
- Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑)
- Zhuzihu (竹子湖)
- Lengshuikeng (冷水坑)
- From MRT 2 Jiantan station (劍潭), leave Exit 1 (Shilin Night Market), and walk to the left-side bus station, buses heading north.
- Take either city bus R5 or small bus (PREFERRED) S15 or S17 to Yangmingshan station (陽明山).
- This station serves as a base to explore the mountain, and the area has a few shops like 7/11 and a Starbucks.
- Bus 260 also leaves from Taipei Main Station, although Jiantan is recommended.
- Bus S15 from Jiantan is best, as it travels past the main transfer station to other destinations in Yangmingshan.
*Highly recommend booking one-day tour guide for this destination if you wish to explore the whole Yangmingshan at ease.
Address: Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 04.30 pm (Mon-Sun).