Taiwan Tourist Attractions
Yangmingshan National Park is located in northern Taipei City, and is home to numerous parks, hiking trails, interesting plants and wildlife, and the internationally famous hot springs. Visit during February and March to see the famous cherry blossoms.
Taiwan has over 150 hot springs around the island, but Beitou is one of the most convenient resorts to visit.
The area around Xinbeitou station is filled with various public and private baths. If you plan to book a private bath, you should do so in advance due to popularity. The public baths can be very busy.
The three common types of hot springs include green sulfur (slightly green colored and only found in Beitou and Akita, Japan), white sulfur (a milky colored spring which make up the majority of springs in the area), and iron sulfur (transparent springs found around the Ding Beitou area).
Each bath may have rules regarding gender separation, whether or not bathers are permitted to wear clothing, and other regulations.
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The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial was built in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China. The square consists of the Main Hall, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park, National Concert Hall and the National Theater.
Longshan Temple is one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan - and one of the most well-known. Originally built in 1738, it has been restored serveral times after surviving several natural disasters and wars, including bombing during World War II.
The temple is open as a sight-seeing attraction, and entrance is free but donations are accepted. There are traditional streets/shops, antique shops, Buddhists article shops, and Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple.
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Huaxi Night Market is open from 4pm until midnight, and offers a variety of traditional Taiwanese foods, including some very exotic dishes.
Snake Soup and Turtle Soup are some of the more exotic foods on offer, but there are plenty of less exotic dishes available.