Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) is our next travel destination after admiring the wonderful nature formations of rocks at Yehliu Geopark. Because it was a drive up the mountain, it took around 2 hours to reach here from Yehliu Geopark. Do you know Taiwan has nine national parks and Yangmingshan (阳明山) is one of them?
By the way, Yangmingshan is also Taiwan’s largest dormant volcano. Volcano? Is it going to be very hot? Actually, no, it is not hot here. This place is very cold when we were here because it is very high up and it was not the summer season yet. So, remember to bring your jacket and scarf if you are going to visit Yangmingshan National Park during cold season.
Yangmingshan (陽明山國家公園) is a beautiful dormant volcano national park
So, how high is Yangmingshan? Yangmingshan National Park’s tallest peak is the Mount Qixing (Seven Star Mountain) which has an elevation of 1,120 meters. What is fun to do here? There are many activities for visitors to do here, such as hiking, sightseeing, and hot springs. From what I read on the other websites, the hot springs here are nude type and even swim-wears are not allowed. Since we are all shy people, we did not go to the hot spring. In the end, we only came here for sightseeing and relaxing. Reads on to find out about our adventure at Yangmingshan National Park.
When we reached Yangmingshan National Park, our first reaction was like, wah, so misty! After that, we parked and came down from our bus. The Taiwan’s cold wind hit us the moment we stepped our foot on the road. We quickly zip up our jackets and wrap our neck with scarfs.
The weather at this national park is very cold and misty during our visit
While walking around the park, we spotted this real-time information panel. It was 13 degree Celsius on the day we were here at Yangmingshan National Park. No wonder the weather is so cold. I don’t think our air-con can set to below 15 degree Celsius.
This is the master map of Yangmingshan National Park. Just in case you need to know where are you in the park, remember to take a photo of this park’s map. One day is definitely not enough if we want to explore everything here because as you can see from the map, the whole area is very big.
Look out for this sign showing the danger of high temperature. This area is an example of fumaroles at Yangmingshan National Park. Fumarole is an opening in or near a volcano, through which hot sulphurous gases emerge. So, do not go near if you do not want to get burnt. Besides that, the sulfur is very smelly as well. Do you know there were sulfur mining operations in this area? However, they are closed down due to environmental effects.
Another spot in the park with the fumaroles. You will know when you are near one because you will smell sulfur. You will see smoke coming out from the ground and some of them have boiling water. I think can cook some chicken eggs here.
This park is very easy to walk around and there is no need to hike due to man made path such as this one. Unfortunately, it was very misty during our visit. So, we can’t see the beautiful scenery of Yangmingshan.
Yangmingshan National Park is very easy to walk around
There are many types of wild plants here at Yangmingshan National Park. I believe there are many wild animals and insects as well but I do not see one. Perhaps, the weather is too cold and they are all hibernating. However, if you see one, do not harm them as they are protected in this national park.
On our way back from the park, our driver spotted a Sakura tree with blooming Sakura flowers. So, he stopped the bus and let us take some photos. It was just the starting of Sakura season. So , there not many blooming Sakura flowers yet. We were lucky to spot one.
Another photo of the Sakura, or better known as cherry blossoms. This is my first time seeing a sakura tree in my whole life. After snapping some photos of the sakura, our bus took us to our lunch destination. Stay tuned for one of the best lunch during our Taiwan trip.
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