The geothermal activity in Taiwan spawns all sorts of hot springs; the most popular lie just north of Taipei City in Yangmingshan National Park. From Wikipedia: “The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes and hiking trails, including Taiwan’s … extinct volcano, Seven Star Mountain.” What the heck’s a fumarole? And everyone knows how well hiking trails and poisonous snakes go together!

My friend Victoria’s Mom works at a hot spring and they have been inviting me up for a visit for a while now.

V and her Mom

V and her Mom

I’ve resisted because basically, I’m not a nudist! I’m not sure what made me say “yes” this weekend but, at 12:40, V and I were outside of Taipei Main Station boarding the bus to Yangmingshan, driven by a young, betel nut-fueled-but-friendly driver. An hour later, the bus stopped in what seemed like the middle of nowhere.
Old bridge, new bridge, hot spring plume

Old bridge, new bridge, hot spring plume

If you looked carefully you could see a paved drive heading downhill into a valley where hot spring plumes were visible. 20 minutes later, we entered a small resort, built around sulpherous hot springs. After a delicious meal (read: way more food than 4 people could eat), I opted for a private room. The naturally smelly water was HOT and 15 minutes was all I could handle. Afterwards I wandered around the lush, surrounding gardens.

I’m happy to report that no snakes, poisonous or otherwise, were spotted on today’s outing.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Suzi Kamin
    May 28, 2013 @ 02:36:18

    You go! Sounds relaxing and beautiful place to visit.


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