Located beside Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it’s no wonder Thermal Valley was considered one of the “12 great sights of Taiwan” during the Period of Japanese Occupation!
The “Beitou rocks” (aka Hokutolite or Anglesobarite) in Thermal Valley contain the radioactive element radium. Out of the many thousands of minerals existing in the world, they are the only ones named after a place in Taiwan, and can be found in only two places: Beitou and Tamagawa, Japan. In recent years, the “Beitou Rock Conservation Area” has been established to ensure the protection of these natural rarities. Thus, when visiting Thermal Valley, you not only get to experience “hell” but also gain insight into some rare radioactive rocks!
Water temperature in Thermal Valley’s hot springs ranges from 80-100℃. The sodium carbonate springs tend to be corrosive, and have come to be known as “Green sulfur springs” and “Sulfur heads.” Visitors used to boil eggs in the hot springs, but the practice has since been prohibited—not only to protect the water quality but to keep tourists from falling in and boiling themselves!
- Hot Spring Family Activities
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- , Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Xinbeitou
Must do while in BeitouThis is a small park (free entrance) where one can have a close look at one of the sulphuric hot spring sources in Beitou - am emerald-green lake from which sulphuric steams are emanating. The valley is 15min walk from Beitou train station and the visit will only take you 20min. But in my opinion the best sighting you can have of the hot springs in their natural environment.
London, United Kingdom
Green with SulphurThis is a relatively small lake that has been turned green due to volcanic gases and sulphur. It’s steaming and would be pretty awe inspiring at first light. Even in the early afternoon of a rainy day when we saw it, it was still pretty cool. It doesn’t smell as much as other volcanic pools do, so don’t worry about that! It’s easily walkable from the metro station too!
Raining visitEven though it is raining, there are many visit this place with a lot of smoke coming from the hot spring.
Not smoking like in the picturesProbably not the right time to visit, but we did not catch any smoking from the thermal valley as suggested in most of the photos that we see of this place. May be more suitable for visiting during the winter.
London, United Kingdom
Dat tripNice scenery. This hot spring is too hot to be used for bathing. Many places to book a spa.Better still, book a private room to enjoy a peaceful soak.
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