Yangmingshan National Park 阳明山国家公园

The first attraction we headed to upon arriving in Taipei was Yangmingshan National Park (阳明山国家公园).  Almost everyone was “red-eyed” due to lack of proper sleep on the early morning Tranasia flight & long queue at the airport customs. Our first stop at Yangmingshan was at Xiaoyoukeng Recreation Area (小油坑).  This is part of Mt. Qixing…

Shifen 十分

We changed our original plan from visiting Yehliu to Shifen (十分), as our driver told us that Yehliu is very popular with China tour groups given that there are spacious carparks available for tour coaches to park = it will be very crowded.  In addition, the thought of being able to release sky lanterns (天灯)…

Tamsui 淡水

Tamsui (淡水) used to be the center of shipping & commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city is still popular with visitors from Taipei & boasts many historical attractions. It is also a popular location for viewing the sunset. As Tamsui MRT Station (the terminal station of the red line) is just…

Beitou 北投

On Tuesday, our 3rd day in Taipei, we ventured out to Beitou (北投), a northern district of Taipei famous for its hot springs.  I was looking forward to soaking myself in some relaxing hot spring there, to relief myself from the past few days’ lack of rest. The hot springs resort area is located near…