Beitou

  • World renowned for its hot springs, Beitou is located 10 miles north of Taipei. The Beitou Thermal Valley offers enchanting surroundings set around a river flowing through the small town of Beitou, which can be reached by metro from Taipei. Its natural hot springs (100°C) are of volcanic origin and are unique in the world. The only other ones they could be compared to them are those of Yellowstone ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Taïwan

World renowned for its hot springs, Beitou is located 10 miles north of Taipei. The Beitou Thermal Valley offers enchanting surroundings set around a river flowing through the small town of Beitou, which can be reached by metro from Taipei. Its natural hot springs (100°C) are of volcanic origin and are unique in the world. The only other ones they could be compared to them are those of Yellowstone in the United States. The sulphur fumes given off by the springs are impressive. These waters have many qualities that the region's hotels take advantage of in their spas, including the Radium Kagaya International Hôtel and Villa 32, a member of the prestigious Relais et Châteaux group. Those who cannot afford to stay in these luxury establishments can pay £1 to access the public baths. Other interesting places to visit in Beitou are the library, located in a beautiful 'green' building, and the former summer residence of calligrapher Yu You-ren, Plum Garden, a typical Japanese house from the 1930s, and its lovely garden: you must take off your shoes and put on slippers when visiting the centre, which reminds us that it was the Japanese who imported the culture of hot springs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You should also take a trip to the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, which is located in an old public baths built in 1913.

Beitou: what to do?

Bathe in Beitou's natural hot springs (100°C) in one of the hotels of the thermal resort.

The Beitou hot springs, Beitou Library (located in a beautiful 'green' building), Plum Garden, the former summer residence of calligrapher Yu You-ren, and Beitou Hot Spring Museum, which is located in an old public baths built in 1913.

  • The Beitou hot springs
  • The quality of the hotels.
  • The proximity to the capital, Taipei.
  • Apart from visiting the hot springs, there is not much to do.
  • The expensive hotels and their spas.

Reminders

If you cannot afford to stay in these luxury establishments, you can pay £1 to access the public baths. You must take off your shoes and put on slippers when visiting the former summer residence of calligrapher Yu You-ren, Plum Garden, a typical Japanese house from the 1930s.

To avoid

The spa resort of Beitou is not really for children, as most of the spas require you to be naked in the hot springs.

Beitou: what to eat?

Fans of fine cuisine should visit the restaurant at the Villa 32 hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais et Châteaux group, to enjoy delicious, well presented Italian dishes displaying great attention to detail and Michelin star service. Those who love seafood will be delighted, as you can enjoy mussels, king scallops, sea urchins, fresh oysters and lobster. As for the wine cellar, it is simply outstanding! Among the grands crus wines, there is an exceptional vintage 1961 Chateau Petrus, a Premier Cru Supérieur 1921 Chateau Yquem, and even a 1978 Romanée Conti at £12,800!

Beitou: what to buy?

Local cosmetics.

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