Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Beitou 北投區, Taipei

6/30/2012 Taiwan Explorer
1. Introduction

• Known for: hot springs
• Population: 254,000 (2012, source)
• Wade-Giles: Pei-t'ou, Peitou
• Pinyin: Běitóu
• Romaji: Hokutō
• Map: My map of Beitou

Beitou 北投區 is one of Taipei's northern districts, bordering on Shilin in the south and Tamsui in the north. It's a district famous for hot springs and bathing culture, which was cultivated during the Japanese era in Taiwan (between 1895 and 1945). Beitou is always great for a stroll and even, if you're not into sulfuric baths, there's a lot of history and nature to explore in the area. Here are the must see sights and parts of Beitou (my personal recommendations): Beitou Park, Beitou Library, Hot Spring museum, Hell Valley and Puji Temple.

2. Points of interest

Below are selected points of interest of Beitou District. The ones I have already blogged about are linked in • bold, check them out. The ones without link are on my list to visit. Tip: To open links in new tab, hold down Ctrl or ⌘ while clicking on the link.

▷ INTERESTING AREAS

• Beitou Park 北投公園
Guandu Old Street 關渡老街
• Xinbeitou 新北投

▷ SIGHTS

• Beitou Library 台北市立圖書館北投分館
• Hell Valley 地熱谷

▷ MUSEUMS

• Beitou Folks Art Museum 北投文物館
• Beitou Hotspring Museum 北投溫泉博物館

▷ TEMPLES

• Puji Temple 普濟寺
• Guandu Temple 關渡宮

▷ NIGHT MARKETS

• Beitou Night Market 北投夜市
• Shipai Night Market 石牌夜市

3. My Taipei resource

Transportation | Museums | Shopping malls | Parks | Restaurants | Night markets | My Taipei guide

[My TAIPEI TRAVEL page][No. of my posts: 5][All photos by MKL, 2012]