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“Fantastic excursion from Taipei”

Yangmingshan National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Embrace nature and flower gardens with a picnic or leisurely hike up the rolling hillsides of Yangmingshan. The park is accessible by public bus.
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“Fantastic excursion from Taipei”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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“Flower Festival at Yangmingshan”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Welcoming the Spring with flowers bloom to the fullest and the cherry blossom everywhere around the Yangmingshan Garden. The flower festival is held annually for a month. The date is not fixed as the festival depends on the weather.

From Jiantan MRT station, take the Red 5 bus to Yangmingshan (Terminal 2 if the flower festival is held). From Terminal 2, walk down the stairs to the garden while enjoying the scenery on the hilltop.

If you plan to check out the fumaroles at Xiaoyoukeng - the main source of hotsprings around Qixingshan area, take the bus 108. The moment we step down from the bus we smelled thick sulfurous odor in the area. The view is good, but I won't say amazing.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Crowded but great flowers”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Just a quick bus trip to see the spring flowers. Well worth it but lots of people even on a Thurs, though it was a nice day in a holiday week. Will go back and walk some of the zillions of trails - what a park to have in your city limits!

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Cherry Blossom in Mar”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

It was a bonus that we managed to catch the blooming of the Sakura and I dont need to travel to Japan for it. But the amount of flowers there were considered bait too little for a famous tourist attraction.

Visited March 2013
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“Xiaoyoukeng-Qixingshan-Miaopu daytrip hike”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Children can be very tough. Incredibly tough. If only we continue to have the same determination and sense of fun we had as children.

I brought my family to Yangmingshan National Park with the sole objective of going to Xiaoyoukeng for an intro into volcanism. We went to Jiantan MRT Station and then took one of the shuttle buses (Red 5) to Yangminshan Bus Terminus. From there we took 108 to Xiaoyoukeng. Once there, we sat through the video presentation of how the Datun area was formed and how each peak was a volcanic peak.

The viewing area to see the fumaroles at Xiaoyoukeng is good. We saw two fuming fumaroles. However the large area which you see in many brochures and pictures with the large steaming pile is completely obscured by fog (or rather a large cloud that enveloped Xiaoyounkeng) that day. The area smelled of the typical bad eggs odor due to the sulfurous compounds ejected by the fumaroles. It can be very overwhelming for some people. We can hear this steaming pile of fumaroles because of the loud jet engine noise it emits but can't see it. Later we had a big surprise. I will talk of this later.

We were dismayed that we cannot see more of the fumaroles and after this we had some grub before heading of into the Bamboo Forest Trail which is short and lined with bamboo. After that we started our ascent to Qixingshan.

The surprise here is on the way up to Qixingshan Main Peak, we came to several areas that were filled with fumaroles! Some are so active they have yellow sulfur deposits around them. Amazing! The children were delighted to see such geological activity before their eyes and up close. It is not dangerous. They are not geysers and are not spewing out steam at high pressure. Seeing them up close is an experience. The only danger is lingering in the area for too long and inhaling all these sulfurous compounds which are by nature harmful to us.

So finally we reached Qixingshan. Was a cardio workout to say the least but that was the easy part. The walk down was less strenous but very hard on the knees. Many steps.all the way down to the Miaopu Trailhead. From the trailhead, it was a short walk to the Yangminshan Visitors' Centre for bus 1717 back to Jiantan MRT Station or if preferred, back to Taipei Main Station at Gongyuan.

Visited March 2013
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