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Beitou Hell Valley 地熱谷 and Yangmingshan 陽明山 for the day

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steam rising from the hot spring source of Beitou Hell Valley
We had breakfast at the hotel, and then checked our luggage at the front desk. Those who signed up for the day tour of Beitou and Yangmingshan boarded a small bus and headed out.

It was raining again today! Our first stop was the "Earth heat valley" aka "Hell Valley" in Beitou. This is the orgin of the Beitou hot springs, and the water here was very hot (95-100 degrees F) and clear. People used to cook eggs here as a stunt or novelty, but that's been prohibited so as not to pollute the water. Steam rose from the surface of the water, and with the rain coming down, this place certainly looked a bit like hell, but was still very beautiful.

2nd stop was a temple built by the Japanese but one of only a couple preserved well today.
Rail prevents people from falling into the hot springs at Hell Valley
It had some interesting architecture details including a curved beam in the shape of a cloud and turtle shaped piece on the roof. It was a nice location and one felt peaceful there.

Then we went to the Beitou Hot Springs Museum. Beitou 北投 used to be a sacred place during the Japanese occupation, and the location of the museum used to be a large public bath, in the Japanese style of course about 1913. There were restaurants, rest areas in addition to the baths. The building itself is considered a historical landmark. It was turned into a museum in 1998, by this act, Beitou became a culture destination instead of the "red light" district it had become during the previous decades after the Japanese left. When I lived in Taiwan, if you said you were going to Beitou, people would look at you with the understanding that you were probably going to provide "service" to men there! The museum has free admission, and you have to take off your shoes and change to slippers upon entering.
Steam rises from the hot springs source at Beitou Hell Valley, Taipei, Taiwan
History of the building, hot springs in Beitou and minerals and artifacts were on display in the well presented rooms. We also saw restored stained glass windows at the large public bath spa. The special Hokutolite mineral which "grows" in the hot springs, and history of the restoration of the building.

Next we went to the remains of a bridge over the source of the Beitou river. This bridge was in some movie where the main actor sang a song about his love for his girlfriend. Anyway, the rest of my class were more than familiar with the story and the movie and they sang the song under the direction of our guide. Unfortunately I was ignorant of the song or the movie, and didn't quite "get the picture".

The bus then took us to Yangmingshan National Park, and we had lunch at a nice restaurant there.
Going to the preserved Japanese temple in the rain
It was still raining! Our next stop was a nature walk, which we did in the rain, but it was still very pleasant. Our last stop was a farm for Calle Lillies, apparently a big attraction here because they had just come into full bloom. At the farm, we were served a hot soup of yams. It hit the spot because we were quite cold by now. Yangmingshan is not that high, but the temperature was lower than 15C today and with the rain, it felt colder. We took a walk in the farm and took photos of the calle lillies, then it was time to head back to the hotel.

Some of us decided to have another soak in the hot spa in the hotel, but I and a few others went back to the MRT and headed home. It was a long day and I needed some rest.

I look the MRT to near the hotel, and found the restaurant which sold the
�'餅夾油條 Shao-bing with long oil sticks/donuts, one of my favorite foods for breakfast, and got some! The other day I stopped by I asked the chef if they were any good, and he answered "Of course, what other answer would you expect?" I probably looked odd to him to be asking such a question. I was not sure he recognized me today, but I can report they were delicious!

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Kumquats in front of the temple
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collecting rain water?
cloud shaped beam at the temple
cloud shaped beam at the temple
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the vase signifying Peace (a homo…
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Entrance of the hot springs museum
Entrance of the hot springs museum
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in the big public bath area
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hallway next to public bath area
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window down the hall
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calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
calle lilly field
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