Xinbeitou and its hot springs are popular day trip destinations (or half day in our case because of the heat) for tourists, students and locals. The MRT station takes you from Taipei directly to the site, and is an easy ride. I have been to some of the various hot spring resorts both here and in another popular town, Wulai, where you can book a soaking room and enjoy the spring water in private or with friends. On this trip, we chose to spend the morning exploring the public sites and opted to try one of the outdoor springs to dip our feet in.
If you have never visited Xinbeitou before, you must visit Hell Valley, a famous natural sulfur hot spring attraction with quite a distinguishable smell. There is also a public hot spring museum to explore and an interesting children’s park that we stumbled upon with a wartime history…
The Beitou Hot Spring Museum was originally built as a Japanese bath house in 1913 during Japan’s occupation of Taiwan.
Updated comment: Holy mom pants!
Natural spring water flowing from from…
Hell Valley where temperatures can reach 100 degrees.
You can see the steam rising from the water.
On our walk back to the station, we stopped by a little children’s play park that was built among old bomb shelters built by the Japanese army.