Easily reachable via Taipei MRT Danshui Redline to MRT Beitou station, your hotspring journey will kick-off once you change train to reach MRT Xinbeitou station.
The interior and exterior of the trains including the station platform are well decorated with everything related to the bathing culture that the district is promoting.
Across the main exit of Xinbeitou MRT station is the centrally located Beitou Hot Spring Park (Qinshui Park). Surrounded with hotels and spas, with walking path available for visitors to tour the whole area while sheltered under the trees and admiring the clean water flowing in the middle.
The park details is a typical Japanese garden setting- the bridge, the stone lanterns, the resting sheds, plus the nearby hotel named Atami together with the occasional Japanese tourist around, the over-all vibe is unmistakably is a Japanese hot spring town.
The “Hell Valley” or Geothermal Valley was the main reason why I was so keen to visit Beitou. Located at the left hand side of the park, the valley emits natural sulfur hot spring water that can reach up to 100°C.
A gentle reminder was placed for those who wanted to test the waters but I don’t think no one will be tempted to do so, when most of the time the place smells and was surrounded with sulphur smoke.
Though built during the Japanese era, the place remains faithful to the over-all concept of a hot spring town. Concrete example are the numerous operational hotels and spa together with the hotel staff wearing kimono.
If you ask me, it is the hot spring town of Beitou and not the shopping district of Ximending that best characterized the influence of Japanese colonization to Taipei.