A historic in north Taipei famous for its natural hot springs
Hot springs are awash in New Beitou. Otherwise known as Xin Beitou, this beautiful town in Northern Taipei famous for its naturally warmed hot springs. Sitting at the bottom of mountainous Yangmingshan National Park, New Beitou is characterised by its lush greenery, tourist-friendly attractions, and geothermally warmed valleys and streams.
The area was originally developed by the Japanese as a hot spring resort town in the early 20th century. The Japanese’s affinity for hot springing resulted in rapid popularity and development which included construction of the Shin-hokutō train station.
Today New Beitou is still popular for its natural hot springs attracting thousands of local and international tourists every year. Its easy access from Taipei make it a favoured getaway from city life with visitors often staying overnight at one of the hot spring hotels. New Beitou’s attractions are also all within comfortable walking distance of each other, making it a suitable day-trip location.
Xinbeitou Station is a heritage building and museum in Qixing Park – right next to the existing New Beitou MRT station. It originally opened in 1916 as the terminus for the Shin-hokutō Line during the Japanese period. In 1937, the Xinbeitou Station underwent large renovations before ceasing operations in 1988. It was restored and re-opened as a museum in 2017.
The Millennium Hot Springs, also known as Beitou Public Hotspring, is one of the easiest ways to enjoy Beitou’s natural springs. The enclosure holds 6 open pools that cascade down from extremely hot to cold. The typical “method” is to alternate between sitting in the hot and cold springs.
Tickets are reasonable at around NT$40 which also allows access to toilets, showers and lockers. Getting to the Millennium Hot Springs is a leisurely 3 minute walk from the MRT station and is close to the Hot Spring Museum and Thermal Valley. Make sure to bring tightly fitting swimwear as board-shorts are not allowed.
Spring City Resort Beitou Hot Spring Spa is another popular hot spring for tourists. This high-quality spring has 9 different types of baths including public and Pavilion Club (nude pool) options.
Use of the public spa is unlimited with guests also being able to purchase food & drink in the complex. For those looking for privacy, guests can also book private hot spring rooms on an hourly basis. Tickets to Spring City Resort Beitou can be purchased online.
The Thermal Valley is a small and popular attraction at the foothill of Yangmingshan in New Beitou. The strong smelling sulphuric mineral water contains Plaster, Alunite, Jarosite, Realgar and Radium with temperatures reaching 90 celsius. It originally opened as one of twelve scenic spots during the Japanese period and is accessible by a 180 degree observation deck.
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The Beitou Hot Spring Museum is a renovated bath house turned informative and interactive museum. It was originally built in 1913 during the Japanese period as the Beitou Public Bathhouse. The two-storey, 2,300 square meter, Tudor style building was designed on the Mount Izu Hot Spring bathhouse in Japan.
In 1997 it was declared a Municipal Monument and re-opened as a museum in 1998. Admission is free and displays much information on Beitou’s hot spring and Japanese colonial history.
The Beitou Public Library is a visually appealing building notable for its eco-friendly design. The two-storey building uses large windows to reduce electricity consumption, is roofed with photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and uses rain water in its bathrooms. The architectural design was created by Bio-Architecture Formosana and opened to the public in 2005.
Every year from the end of April to the of May Beitou hosts the Lohas Festival to promote Beitou’s culture and past. During this time many family friendly events across Beitou are held including feasts, a celebration with fireworks at the Taipei Guandu Temple and hiking through Zhuzihu.
Visitors are encouraged to join in the festivities for a unique cultural experience and to learn about Beitou’s history.
Guangming Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112