Beitou is a mountainous district of Taipei City, where hot springs sit alongside heritage buildings and rewarding hiking trails. You’ll have no trouble finding relaxation here, thanks to its enticing hot springs, tranquil parks and friendly laid-back locals.
Things to do in Beitou District
Almost the complete opposite to the bustling metropolis of Taipei City, Beitou District lulls you into a peaceful trance with its unparalleled collection of hot springs. These therapeutic mineral pools can be found at most five-star resorts, which offer public access. Millennium Hot Spring is open to the public and offers a number of pools with varying temperatures.
Take a stroll around Beitou to uncover the district’s historic buildings, such as the Japanese-style Puji Temple built in 1905. The 17th-century Guandu Temple is unmistakable, thanks to its decorative stone columns, carvings of mythical creatures, riverside food court and Tamsui River views.
You’re rewarded for being outside, where volcanic mountains, rigorous hiking trails and unique high-altitude flora and fauna populate the famous Yangmingshan National Park. Thermal Valley, a volcanic crater considered one of Taiwan’s most scenic environments, boasts a sulphur hot spring with temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius. Certainly not a place you’d want to dip your toes into without warning.
About 13 kilometres from Beitou sits Taipei City’s Tamsui District, where you’ll find a rustic seaside charm coupled with some of the best dining outlets in the country along Tamsui Old Street. You should also take your partner to Lover’s Bridge, which has gained fame for its photogenic sunsets.
Getting around Beitou District
Taipei City’s MRT train line services Beitou, making travel to, from and within this district quite simple and cost-friendly. Around the centre, it’s possible to walk to most main attractions, but you’ll need to use the MRT, a car or taxi to reach destinations outside of the district.