HOT SPRINGS and FUMEROLES

One of the more exciting aspects of Taiwan’s wild spaces are the many natural hot springs that bubble up from deep in the earth. These walks all either take you to hot springs or fumeroles.

TURTLE ISLAND (龜山島)


Visiting Turtle Island makes for a great day trip in northern Taiwan. This post will tell you a little about the fascinating history of the island, as well as find out what to expect when you visit, and how to get there.

WULAI SHAN TO DATONG SHAN (烏來山 / 大桶山)

This challenging, but exceedingly fun route leads you from one of northern Taiwan’s most scenic hot spring villages up some steep scrambles with great views over the valley. Remember to bring a towel and you can treat your tired feet to a soak in Wulai’s mineral-rich waters at the end of the hike.

QINGTIANGANG CIRCULAR TRAIL (擎天崗環形步道)

A gentle and incredibly scenic circular route around the famous, cow-grazed grasslands of Qingtiangang in Yangmingshan National Park. This trail is accessible by public transport and should be ok for anyone who can handle some steps and an uneven walking surface. Make sure to come on a clear day, (when you can see Qixing Mountain peak from the city), in order to enjoy the views at their best.

MOUNT SHAMAO TRAIL (紗帽山)

An easy spring hike in Yangmingshan national park for lizard lovers to enjoy. If you go at the right time of day, you can soak your feet (and body) afterwards in the public hot spring baths.

QIXING SHAN (七星山)

An exciting hike through the uplands of Yangmingshan National Park with the promise of a hotspring soak for your feet at the end.