Yangmingshan (Mt. Yangming) is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan. Situated between Taipei City and New Taipei City, Yangmingshan National Park is made up of five prominent mountains with elevations ranging from 200 (656 ft) to 1,120 meters (3,675 ft), and spans 114 square kilometers (1,227 ft²).
Yangmingshan National Park is home to beautiful parks, great hiking trails, interesting plants and wildlife, as well as internationally famous hot springs. There are about 1,350 species of vascular bundle plants in the park, which can roughly be divided into grassy plain, arrow bamboo forest, broad-leaved forest, and afforestation zones.
The park is also one of the most famous places to see 100 plus different species of beautiful butterflies and birds in northern Taiwan.
Yangmingshan National Park was designated Category II by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a national park for protection of nature and wildlife.
Featuring volcanic formations and fragrant flowers year round, and having a wide variety of hiking and biking trails winding through unique flora and fauna into grassy fields and volcanic landscapes, Yangmingshan National Park has earned its reputation as an urban forest and Taipei’s garden.
A 45 minutes drive from downtown Taipei City and easily accessible by car or public transportation, Yangmingshan National Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike to relax, unwind, and re-charge.
Please watch the following video about Yangmingshan National Park:
Yangmingshan National Park is the most popular tourist attraction during the flowering season in spring, when its cherry blossoms and azaleas are in full bloom. Its beautiful woods and garden, with elegant buildings, pagoda-style gazebos, pavilions, kiosks, streams, fountains, and ponds, create enchanting scenes.
Datun Nature Park is known for its warm-temperate climate, broad-leaved forest, and volcanic cone. Besides the plant, animal, and insect specimens on display, its visitor center has an exhibition hall featuring early human activities in the Yangmingshan area.
Visitors can sit in front of the hall’s large French windows to enjoy the pristine lake, misty mountains, lush trees and grass, and open sky.
Zhuzihu is another spot famous for its calla lilies in the national park. Visitors can enjoy a snow-white sea of calla lilies, and even pick their own bouquet in the calla lily farms for a small fee during the calla lily season from March through June.
It’s also great to go for a walk through the flower fields to take in the enchanting scenery of this mountain-surrounded farm area, try out healthy dishes, or sip fragrant teas.
Mt. Qixing (Mt. Seven Star) is the highest mountain in the greater Taipei basin, which offers an impressive panoramic view of Taipei City. Along the way to its peak (3,675 ft), visitors can enjoy the diversity of the eco-system and the wind-swept meadows coated in silver grass.
Xiaoyoukeng is one of the best spots to see volcanic activity in Yangmingshan National Park. There are a host of volcanically-created fumaroles, sulfur crystals, hot springs, and landslides. This is also the trail head to the peak of Mt. Qixing.
Qingtiangang is a flat terrace formed by lava. Surrounded on all sides by mountain peaks higher than 800 m (2,624 ft) in elevation, the expansive plateau with long grass and roaming water buffalo is a favorite spot to have a picnic or just relax and enjoy the scenery.