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Into the Mountains – Exploring Taipei City’s Outskirts

Text: Dallas Waldie Photos: Maggie Song On a trip to Taiwan, you are almost certain to make a stop in the bustling capital of Taipei. Itʼs a beautiful city, with a little of something for everyone – shopping, fine cuisine, sightseeing, and much else. Another great thing about Taipei is how quickly you can leave the city center and spend a day with Mother Nature. Hiking trails, hot springs, and mountain scenery are just a short bus ride away. Thermal Valley in Beitou If you want to explore the mountains just to the north of central Taipei, you can first visit the urban Beitou (北投) area and then head into the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園), where you can visit places like Yangming Park, especially popular during the winter flower season, defined by cherry and azalea blossoms, and Zhuzihu, a farm area best known for its fields of ivory-white…