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Beitou Hot Spring, Supreme Prosecutors Office, Ximenting Red House & Dadaocheng Wharf

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Beitou hot spring is located on the Taipei city's Beitou district and accessible through the Taipei Metro. To get to the hot spring area and tourists trail in Beitou, the easiest way is to take the Taipei Metro to Beitou station and continue the journey through from there through a transfer train to Xinbeitou. After exiting the Xinbeitou station, walk across the road to the opposite direction of the Xinbeitou Metro station and you would be on the Zhongshan Road where most of the tourists attractions are located. This road was an uphill road and the first tourist spot along Zhongshan Road was the Ketagalan Culture Centre, which exhibits the cultures if life of Beitou's Ketagalan indigenous community. Walking further up from the Ketagalan Culture Centre, the next stop would be the Beitou Library, which was a distinguished wooden structure in dark brown colour built resembling a ship. Next to the Beitou Library was the Beitou Hot Spring Museum. This museum was a formerly built during the Japanese occupation era as a public hot spring bath facility When the Japanese left after the war, the facility was abandoned and later discovered by teachers and students who visited Beitou on study tour. The hot springs facility was then reconstructed and refurbished which later was transformed into a hot springs museum of Beitou for purpose of imparting informations of how Beitou once was a popular public hot springs bath house. Along the Zhongshan Road, this was also where the Beitou stream ran through on the shoulder of the road towards the right on the ascending direction of the Zhongshan Road. There was a wooden structure walkways for visitors to walk along the stream. Walking further up from the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, you would then reached the Thermal Valley on the left side of Zhangshan Road on ascending direction. Unfortunately, the 3 Beitou hotspsots, the Ketagalan Culture Centre, Beitou Hot Springs Museum and The Thermal Valley were all closed on the day of my visit. On the edge of the lane leading to the Thermal Valley is the Beauty Age Spa Spring Resort which offer hot spring bath service for NTD 540 an hour which I tried out. The service include a private small room and a bath tub enough for 2 persons with 2 taps, one for the hot spring water while the other the normal tap water. The temperature from the spring water tap was good enough to enjoy a truly satisfying spring bath spa and it was as enjoyable and natural as that of the outdoor hot springs. One advantage of such private hot spring spa is that, you get to have the place all for yourself to enjoy a good and quiet spa therapy. All hot spring facilities need to obtain certification from Taipei City Government before being permitted to display official Hot Spring Mark in red in which Beauty Age did. Because Beitou was once a hot area for the Japanese, Beitou has a very strong Japanese presence and culture which include the existence of Puji Temple, a Japanese Temple located off Wenquan Road. Its a little tricky to find Puji Temple as the structure is not visible from the main road as it is located on a quiet hill accessible only through a walk on a steep staircase. Photos are not allowed to be taken interior of the temple and visitors could offer prayers to the God of Puji Temple. Beitou is worth the visit for the hot spring spa which would truly provide a satisfying spa therapy that would rejuvenate your body inside out.

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A decoration at Xinbeitou Metro Station

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Boarding the metro train Beitou to Xinbeitou station

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The road sign at Beitou

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Xinbeitou Metro station on the opposite of the road

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The Ketagalan Culture Centre @ Beitou

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Walking up the Zhongshan Road @ Beitou

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Beitou Stream on the shoulder of Zhongshan Road

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Pedestrian walkway along the Beitou stream

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Beitou Library

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Beitou Library

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Beitou Hot spring Museum

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This way to Beitou Thermal Valley

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Beauty Age Spa Spring Resort

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The private room at Beauty Age Spa Spring Resort for hot spring bath

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The private hot spring bath tub @ Beauty Age Spa Spring Resort, Beitou

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Beauty Age Spring Resort is a certified hot spring facility bt Taipei City Government

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The wooden fence door to Puji Temple @ Beitou

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The staircase leading up to Puji Temple

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Puji Temple

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The small garden at Puji Temple

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A statue at Puji Temple

Moving back to Taipei city, head to the Xiaonananmen Metro Station to visit the Taipei Supreme Prosecutors Office and the Arm Force Museum. Arriving at Xiaonanmen, it was just in time for lunch, so found a noodle shop that served delicious dry pork noodle served with fried egg and a bowl of pork ball soup. After an enjoyable and delicious noodle lunch, continue the journey to the Taipei Supreme Prosecutors Office which was a 6 storey light brown coloured building which has a strong European architecture design. The building create a kind of European atmosphere and the structure of the building looked elegant in its own way. Just on the side of the Supreme Prosecutors Office is the Arm Force Museum, a heavily tinted glass building decorated with row of fire canons and missiles on the exterior of the building. From here, ride on the Taipei Metro to get to Ximenting station. Ximenting is the most happening and upmarket shopping dstrict in Taipei city which attracts both locals as well as tourists alike. One of the outstanding structure in Ximenting is the Red House, visible from the exit of Taipei Metro, Ximenting station to Ximenting shopping area. The Red House in Ximenting was formerly Taiwan's first public market designed heavily towards the Western architecture. The Red House has been preserved as historical site and also a centre for arts and cultures. From Ximenting, head on to the Dadocheng Wharf in Datong district. Dadaocheng Wharf was formerly an important port of Taipei city which was later abandoned. There is a big wall that covers the wharf and a gate that allow blockage to the wharf area. The Dadaocheng Wharf also serves as one of the Taipe City biking trails for those who would like to venture into a biking experience in Taipei and Taiwan. The Dadaocheng Wharf overlooks the Danshui River and offers breathtaking view of the buildings and towers across the river from the pedestrian and bicycle bridge area. Take a stroll along the adjacent Dihua Street which is an interesting historic old street lined with colonial shophouses. This is the most lively place before the spring holiday and lunar new year in Taipei.

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A noodle lunch at Xiaonanmen, Taipei City

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Supreme Prosecutors Office at Xiaonanmen, Taipei City

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The Arm Force Museum at Xiaonanmen, Taipei CIty

THE RED HOUSE AT XIMENTING
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XIMENTING COMMERCIAL & SHOPPING DISTRICT
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The big gate and big wall at the Dadaocheng Wharf

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The ferry and boat terminal at Dadaocheng Wharf

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A pedestrian and bike bridge at Dadaocheng Wharf

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A breathtaking Dansui River view from Dadaocheng Wharf

A STROLL ALONG DIHUA STREET AT DADAOCHENG WHARF
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Posted by kidd27 23:23 Archived in Taiwan

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