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One of the seven national parks in Taiwan, the Yangmingshan National Park is located at Taipei City. The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms (spring) and hot springs (winter), which explains why summer is probably the worst time to visit YMS. We went there on the third day of our trip but did not stay long as boredom took over us.
To make things worst, we were really annoyed with YMS’s low frequency bus route that generally runs four or fewer buses in an hour. FYI, leisure bus 108 will make several pit stops at tourist attractions along YMS and you pay only NT 60 to hop on / hop off. Only on weekends and during spring, bus frequency will increases to every 10-15 minutes.
Siaoyukeng is a sulfur pit located near the Yangmingshan-Chinshan Highway. You can listen to the bursting sound of gas and smell the odor of sulfur. It is quite a scenic spot for wedding and bridal photography but you have to bear with the foul odour of sulfur.
Yang Ming Shan National Park 陽明山國家公園
From YMS, we boarded bus 230 that brought us to Xin Bei Tou MRT sation. Beitou is famous for its hot springs with many hotels and traditional baths around. Once can always visit the Hell Valley and Museum of Hot Spring too. Since I’ve been here a few years back, we hailed a cab (NT 200) and head to a Japanese style Hot Spring Villa straight.
Feeling adventurous, we took the public bath package (NT 200 per person, same price for private bath). The public bath is a wiser choice because you get some really nice scenery overlooking the mountain while the private bath room is just a roofed confined space for two. Oh and did I tell you that we need to strip naked too? I saw naked slabs of flesh of all sizes and shapes – protruding, flat, bony but there is no time to be shy at the pool because they are probably scrutinizing on my ‘shape’ too. It reminds me of our experience in a “Jimjilbang” in Korea too.
A small price to pay for an experience as such. If you intend to go for hot spring around Beitou area, I would recommend Spring Resort or AP Resort. This Japanese Style Villa is just too far from the MRT station.
1. Mister Donut
My eyes were gleaming when I saw Mister Donut, an Amerian franchise that operates mainly in Japan, Phillipines and other Asian country. I am sure Mister Donut will be a hit if it’s available in Malaysia, just look at the varieties (>50 flavors) and the cute logos!
Red Bean Flavor, NT35 each. This is the BEST dorayaki that I’ve ever eaten in my life! It was eggy, light and fluffy with a slight whiff of honey. The filling of red bean is not overly sweet too! Oh how I miss the dorayaki right now!
With only 5 items in the menu (NT30 each), the restaurant is doing brisk business. The four storey shop lot was literally full and we were seated at one cramped corner. The fish balls were nothing to shout about; KL’s version was way better.
A-Ge, a Danshui specialty is actually tong fun encased in tofu skin. It was quite delicious too!
Danshui Old Street 淡水老街 Getting Here: Turn left as you exit the MRT and then turn right along the river to get the DanShui Old Street.