【Light Travel】Yangmingshan One Day Mountain Tour: Flower Season Guide 2017-09-26
【Light Travel】Yangmingshan One Day Mountain Tour: Flower Season Guide
 
Yangmingshan can be considered one of the most famous places in Taipei, everyone surely must have heard of it before. However, do you really know how to tour Yangmingshan? Wherever you go inside Yangmingshan National Park, there is gorgeous scenery to be seen. Use the day to hike on the best trails, and view all of Yangmingshan’s beautiful scenery!
 
After ascending Yangmingshan from Yangde Boulevard, the entire mountain is full of beautiful scenery. However, with so many stops, how should you travel to make your trip run smoother? You can simply view Yangmingshan as a loop, the loop includes Yangming Park (site of the flower clock), Qingtiangang, Juansi Waterfall, Lengshui Keng, Menghuan Pond, Xiaoyou Keng, and other sites. So long as you follow the loop-like trail, you can go either in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction and experience everything the trail has to offer at once.
 
 
Today, we will be guiding you in a counter-clockwise direction. Head for Juansi Waterfall early in the morning and walk on its tranquil and quiet trail. Aside from enjoying the peaceful surroundings, you can also see the water pouring down like fine silk. Juansi Waterfall’s trail can be taken directly to the Qingtiangang Grasslands. Slowly walk along the trail; it’s a simple and relaxed path, you may sweat a bit but it’s not too tiring.

 
 
At the end of the trail, you will come in contact with vast grasslands. Regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy, the well-known Qingtiangang possesses its own unique style. When the bright sunlight shines down below, you can see the entire grassland. During foggy days the entire hill will be covered in a thin layer of fog, forming a kind of magical beauty. Here you may also get to see cattle, leisurely roaming amongst the grass. You can take pictures at close range, but be sure to mind your own safety!
 
After leaving Qingtiangang, continue heading downwards and you will eventually pass by Lengshui Keng. Near Lengshui Keng is a trail that you can take to Menghuan Pond. If you have spare time and are feeling energetic enough, you can take the time to slowly walk up to Menghuan Pond. As its name implies, the shadows of the mountain and the clouds and mist combine to make this pond seem like a dream-like fantasy. This place is also the conservation area of a rare Taiwanese aquatic fern. It doesn’t matter if you don’t stop by Menghuan Pond, however you shouldn’t miss out on Lengshui Keng. Lengshui Keng’s distinct topography and unique 40 degree hot springs are something that all travelers should experience. There are public baths for you to relax and soak in, however they are open only during specific hours. Please check the website below for hours.
 
Public Bath Opening Hours:
 http://english.ymsnp.gov.tw/index.php?option=com_tourmap&view=tourmap&id=26&Itemid=514
 
 
Many sites are also close to Lengshui Keng such as Milk lake, Jingshan Drawbridge, Lengshuikeng Ecology Pond, and many more. These are all good places worth spending some time to walk around. If you don’t wish to make any stops, then continue descending. Continue following the loop trail downwards and you will eventually arrive at Xiaoyou Keng, an area teeming with seldom-seen volcanic activity. Here, you may see steam bursting out non-stop. The exceptionally good field of vision here will also allow you to easily survey the surrounding Mt. Datun and Mt. Qixing.
 

Lastly, don’t forget to make a trip to Bamboo Lake. The famed giant taro season takes place here. During March or April, a large sea of flowers can be seen blooming here. You can even personally go and pick some taro for yourself. Of course, Yangmingshan offers more than just taro for viewing. Yangmingshan is worth visiting, throughout all four seasons. Below, we have organized a guide for the flower season:
 
January-March:
Mountain cherry blossoms (Feihan cherry), camellia


 
March-April:

Taro, Yoshino cherry blossoms


 
March-October:
Rhododendron

 

May-July:
Taiwanese lily, hydrangea



July-August:
Sunflower (picture)
 
October:
Maple, Liquidambar formosana (picture)
 
October-November:
Miscanthus (picture)
 
Yangmingshan is the garden closest to Taipei City. Different scenes can be experienced depending on what time or season you visit, many surprises await your discovery on Yangmingshan!


Tips for Travelers:
 Recommended mode of travel: drive or scooter (on weekends and holidays, there will be vehicle control on Yangde Boulevard), you may also take the bus or take advantage of the Beitou Zhuzihu Route line.
 Scenery Route: Juansi Waterfall→Qingtiangang→Lengshui Keng (Lengshui Keng Public Bath )→Xiaoyou Keng→Bamboo Lake→Yangming Park 

 
Those who don’t want to drive or new travelers are also welcome to check out Xtreme Taiwan’s selection of one day travel packages: all the essential scenic spots and locations are already all prepared for you! All you have to do is let the experts guide you! → Click here for detailed travel content

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tips for Travelers:
 Recommended mode of travel: Driving
 Scenery Route: Wai Ao Paragliding Base →Lanyang Museum →Wufengqi Waterfall →National Center for Traditional Arts 

 
Those who don’t want to drive or new travelers are also welcome to check out Xtreme Taiwan’s selection of one day travel packages: all the essential scenic spots and locations are already all prepared for you! All you have to do is let the experts guide you! → Click here for detailed travel content