I spent a great day at Yangminshan park. It started with the fun of the journey - MRT to Jiantan station, a number 5 bus to Yangminshan, then a little 108 bus to the visitor centre. From there I walked up the trail to Mount Quixing. This was quite a trek, and don't be misled by the relatively gentle start! I got to the top in just under an hour, but that was really going for it, and much better to allow an hour and a half. There are stone steps all the way but it gets very steep in places, and they can be slippery in the wet, so wear good shoes.
Although the weather in Taipei was great when I set off, by the time I got up to the top it was lost in cloud, so the apparently excellent view was nowhere to be seen, but the mist had its own appeal!
I took a different route down on the Xiaoyukeng trail, past stinking sulphurous fumaroles which was fun. From there I picked up another one of the 108 buses that runs frequently on a loop around the park, and headed for Lengshuikeng. I hopped off there and into the public baths, which were quite an experience. The men and women's sections are separate, and you just go through a curtain into a dingy room, take off all your clothes and leave them on a shelf, wash yourself off, and then hop into the hot pool. It was like something out of the 15th century, and wonderfully relaxing. If you go it's worth taking some soap and a towel!
Anyway, from there you can just hop back on a 108 and make the return journey. I was able to use my MRT pass on all the buses which was handy.
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