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“Yang Ming Shan - Qi Xing Shan”

Yangmingshan National Park
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Ranked #9 of 573 things to do in Taipei
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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.
Reviewed December 9, 2013

The bus ride from the main taipei area to the foot of yang ming shan bus terminal is pretty long and bendy so standing up for 30mins in the cramp and winding journey is a test of your arm strength to stay stable.
upon reaching the bus terminal, there are 2 buses to go to different parts of yang ming shan.
For me, I took the red sign bus to xiao you keng as we wanted to hike Qi Xing Shan as it is the highest peak in Taipei. The wait for the bus was also long, there is no specific time or the 2 different buses taking turns to operate. Journey to xiao you keng was abt 15mins.
Rmb to bring enough water and some snacks as the climb would be tiring and long. Your legs will be really stretched to its limits. Following the signs and path won't get you lost since there's only one path.
We travelled to the main peak, then to the eastern peak then to meng huan hu and finally to leng shui keng where we took a bus down back to taipei. This route was recommended by a local guide such that we won't need to back track our steps and still go back to taipei without difficulty.
This is an awesome hiking experience, stretching your own physical limits and basking in the mountainous environment is just breathtaking.
Pity it was cloudy that day and all we see was fog at the peak.
Definitely a must go if you seek a more exciting holiday

4  Thank Zen L
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

this mountain, contains of many different eco gardens and trail, is easily acess by public transport. it's highest point where the small bus scess was "qin-tian-gang", and from there you can walk to second point such as "leng-shui-keng" etc.
there are many trails suitable for hiking, and also there were volunteers who give profesional explanation at the tourist office, at almost every point.
it is cold compare with town area, and there are one farm at "qing=tian-gang" area.

make sure you visit leng-shui-keng "milk-lake".

it is a popular picnic point of locals and strongly recommend.

1  Thank wlysolo
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

*We had a qualified tour guide who is not an eco tour guide so we felt it was not as good.
*Try to go there by booking a driver guide's time instead of using the public transportation so that you can see more things in a day.
*There are different things to see in different seasons, even in winter. You can go to their official website to know more.
*There are not much food stalls at the national park and the only one I found was a canteen at QingTianGang visitor centre. I guess food could be found at various visitor centre spots.
*It could get very cold there because that would be the most northern part of Taiwan where the temperature could be the lowest. You might need a hot drink from time to time.

1  Thank dharmatraveller_sg
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Yangmingshan offers terrific hiking and vistas about an hour north of Taipei proper. Given the extreme congestion, bustle and smog of Taipei, Yangmingshan provides much-needed surcease. Going during the week is preferable to weekends, as it tends to be ovverrun with visitors on Saturday and Sunday. I have been to Yangminshan several times and never got tired of visiting it.

2  Thank karmaswimswami
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Yangmingshan is really nice, easy to get to, just a few too many concrete stairs for my liking. Get the bus up there and it's no problem to spend a day walking around. Hot springs for the winter, and some good food. Easy to get there from Taipei so really popular at the weekends we found.

2  Thank Gary B
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