The Yangmingshan National Park is within easy reach of Taipei and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Set amongst the hills to the south of Taipei, it covers an area of 11,455 hectares and is 1,200 metres above sea level at its highest point. It features wonderful natural scenery with bamboo forests, grassy plains, volcanic mountains, hot springs, sulphur vents and geysers as well as excellent walking and hiking trails. Over 1200 plant and 110 different bird species have been recorded. Wild boar, monkeys and over 40 types of reptiles, including several varieties of snakes, roam the park.
The park has many trails and visitors should keep to the designated paths. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and avoid wearing bright colours and making too much noise so as not to disturb the wildlife.
There are three hotels in the park, a visitor centre and several convenience stores. The Grass Mountain Chateau, near Number 1 Parking Lot, was the summer residence of the late President Chiang Kai-shek. The hotel has a café, an auditorium and show rooms displaying the work of various resident artists.
Besides the convenience stores and small, local organic shops scattered around the park, there is a visitor’s centre and a camp site at the Jingshan Recreation area that have a café, restaurant, cabins and other facilities. There is also a pool at nearby Lengshuikeng, where you can enjoy a dip in the hot springs.
There are many buses serving the park from Taipei, including a shuttle from the MRT metro station Jiantan to the Jingshin Campsite.