Four Taipei Hot Spring Getaways

When summer ends in Northern Taiwan, air conditioners turn off and windows are opened. And though this year has been unusually balmy – not just in Taiwan but around the world – we’re all pretty sure that we can settle in for at least a few months of cool to cold weather here on the Beautiful Island before the plum rains of spring again give way to another blistering summer (air conditioners on, windows closed).

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Green Island — A Tropical Island of Myriad Scenic, Historic, and Outdoor Fun Attractions

Green Island may be tiny, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in rugged volcanic scenery, startling political history, and a tropical sense of abandon. Its hot springs and teeming coral reefs draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, almost all of whom whiz round the island on motor scooters. For those who perhaps want to take things a little slower, the island’s compact size makes exploring by bicycle not just a possibility but a pleasure, and gives you the chance to avoid the irony of a gasoline-fuelled “Green” Island rampage to boot.

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The Hot Springs of Beitou – A Place of Warmth, History, and Mist-ery

The Beitou (北投) hot-spring district, now long enclosed within the borders of Taipei City, was voted one of Taiwan’s “Top 10 Tourist Towns” in a nationwide poll and expert survey concluded in 2012. Travel in Taiwan recently spent an afternoon with Yang Yeh, well-known Taiwan mapmaker, resident of Beitou since childhood, and expert on its history and culture.

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The East Rift Valley

The east coast is often described as “isolated,” kept locked away from the rest of the island by the soaring, rugged, thick central mountains. But this is meant in a decidedly positive sense, and in a relative sense – the west and north are busy and densely populated, the east coast virginal and unspoiled, sparsely populated, laid-back, even sleepy.

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A Fine Pair – Siraya National Scenic Area and Chiayi City

A few days spent exploring Siraya National Scenic Area, one of Taiwan’s newest NSA creations, matched with a day in the quiet, history-rich city of Chiayi, is time wisely spent.

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