Yangmingshan National Park @ Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei Taiwan

Yangmingshan National Park (阳明山国家公园) is pretty throughout the year, and always different throughout the seasons because a multitude of flowers blossom on the hills and mountains.  Cherry blossoms and camellias bloom January to March, callus lilies and Yoshino cherry blossoms shine from April to May; azaleas dominate from May to October, while silver grass blankets the mountains in October and November.  We were in Yangmingshan National Park in April and just in term for the calla lily season.


We took the 260 bus to Yangmingshan, bought a day ticket which would allow us to go on unlimited rides on shuttle 108 (NTD 60), that stops at popular scenic spots on Yangmingshan, such as Yangmingshuwu, Zhuzhihu, Xiaoyoukeng, Erziping, Datun Nature Park, Lengshuikeng, and Qingtiangang.  If you have bought a Easy Card, you can use that too; each bus ride would cost NTD 12 – NTD 15.


Zhuzhihu (竹子湖) was our first stop where calla lilies flourished at the foot of the mountains, taking our breaths away.


Besides roaming about and enjoying the gorgeous scenery, flower picking was a favorite activity.  You could pluck 6 flowers at only NTD 100.

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We didn’t pick any flowers but rather, we sat in a quaint cafe with great coffee among the flowers.   You could see there was a difference between different plots of flowers.  Some plots were more scarce while some plots had more impressive flowers.  The ones that had more flowers were usually adjoined to a coffee shop, which would indicate a minimum spending amount.  The coffee shop we took our lunch was called Green Valley (or “Lu Shan Gu” / 绿山谷) with a Japanese vibe.

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We took the set meals @ NTD 300 per person, inclusive of a drink, main course and dessert. The food was ok, nothing to shout about; but the coffee was really good; medium bodied with a heartening scent.

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From the cafe, we could see some fuming activity afar, which was our next destination – xiaoyoukeng (小油坑).


This piece of active landscape is “alive” because of the post-volcanic activities where underground water is being heated from residual heat from a volcanic eruption, forming fumes

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This picture below from Yangmingshang’s Official Website is much more stunning.  Xiaoyoukeng is really a gigantic hole formed as a result of continuous weathering from the heat and the steam, buried within the mountains.


Our next stop was “Lengshuikeng” hot spring area.  Lengshuikeng literally means “cold water pit”.  At 40 °C, it is typically colder than most of the hot springs in the area and hence the name.  Silly me, I never thought of bringing any towels, toiletries or swimsuits (not sure if it’s required) with me so we just hung out at the place for a short 10 minutes.  The gender segregated hot springs and foot bath is free of charge.  Just remember to bring towels 🙂

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Our last stop in Yangmingshan was Qingtiangang (擎天岗),a massive flat plain perfect for cows to graze on, and for humans to stroll on.

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More Info :
Yangmingshan Official Website

ps: If you need wifi in Taiwan, check out i-Wifii Mobile Router.  Rental is only NTD 100 per day and can be shared among 10 people.  Renting it is really easy :  book it online –>  pay online –> use it –> return it at 7- 11 (which is literally everywhere).
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    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      Hi Curio. I don’t know the exact hours, but it should be for the whole day, perhaps until 10-11pm or so.

  1. Lim Siow Fen

    Hi hello, can I ask how the bus 108 works at yangmingshan? It’s like those hop on and hop off kind? Do they provide a map of what & where are the points of interest for alight? Thank you so much

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      Yes it’s hop on and hop off. You can either purchase a day card for the bus, or just use the MRT that you would use at the Tapipei MRT Station. There’s a map at the bus stop, but not too much details on what to see, it’s best if you do your own research beforehand .

  2. hazi

    Where did you purchase the unlimited bus ride to yangmingshan. Is it at Jiantan Station or Taipei Main Station? Thank you

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      Hi Hazi. I bought at when I arrived yang ming shang. If you have the MRT card for the Taipei metro station, you can use that card too. I didn’t realise that so i bought the day pass.

  3. Nica

    Hi! I came across your article as we’re planning to visit Yangmingshan as part of our tour in Taiwan next month. I’d like to say it’s very informative. May I also ask if you remember how long was the bus ride from Taipei to Yangmingshan via Bus 260? I am actually quite interested with the Yangming Garden, which is famous for its flower clock. Have you seen that garden too? Thank you very much. 🙂

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      Hi Nica. It wasn’t very long, probably less than an hour’s ride. The flower clock is a famous one, but I actually didn’t get to see it, lol !

  4. Serene Tang

    I am bringing my 82 year old father on a trip to Yangmingshan this April and I am thinking of having a hired car to bring us there. May I know if the mentioned places are quite easy to access from the car park area or the roadside?
    Thank you.

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      Hi Serene. most of the places you have to walk a bit into the attraction site. The flower farm will need quite a bit of walking. If your grandfather can walk at ease then it shouldn’t be a problem.

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