Today, I'm excited to share more about our trip to Taiwan! Previously, I told you all about our tour of Taipei 101. Well, that was just the beginning! During our two week stay, we had the opportunity to visit two of Taiwan's nine national parks: Kenting and Yangmingshan.
Let me just go ahead and warn you, this is going to be super photo heavy, but totally worth it!
Yangmingshan National Park is located between Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, and New Taipei City. It is well known for its hot springs and cherry blossoms. Even though we went on a foggy day during the rainy season, we were still able to take in some of the beautiful landscapes.
The smell of sulfur was apparent, which isn't surprising, considering there are plenty of hot springs, bubbling up around the park. It's home to Taiwan's largest, dormant volcano, so the conditions are just right, to keep the springs active.
There are several hiking trails located through the park and one of them takes you up to Mt. Qixing, where the highest peak in Taipei City stands at 1,120 meters above sea level. If you aren't up for that trek, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Depending on the time of year, you may see the blooming cherry blossoms and butterflies. There are also cattle, scattered around the grassy areas, but as you see in the photos below, it's best to keep your distance. In fact, it's best to stay on the walking trails and out of the grass, because highly venomous snakes are lurking around.
Located at the southernmost tip of Taiwan, is the gorgeous Kenting National Park. This was definitely one of my favorite spots to visit! Once you see the photos, you will see why. Kenting has it all: grassy cliffs, white sand beaches, and beautiful, blue oceans. It truly is a breathtaking sight!
Kenting is the oldest national park in Taiwan and it covers a wide expanse of land and sea. It's also home to the ChuHuo Eternal Flame, an area where natural gas that seeps from the ground, causes fires to erupt and Sail Rock, a gigantic rock that our tour guide referred to as "Nixon Rock", because it's shaped like late-President Richard Nixon's head.
One of the greatest things about Taiwan, is the ability to see so many different types of geography in such a small area. You can go from mountains, to beach, to city, to grasslands, all in a one day trip! As beautiful as the photos are, they really don't do it justice. If you are planning a trip to Taiwan, be sure to check out these beautiful national parks and let me know what you think!
Until next time!