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 Outing Locations
- 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
Scenic hot springsThis is a short walk from Beito hot spring museum and about 15 minutes walk from Xinbeito station. The valley itself is quite small and when we were there there was a lot of steam rising and billowing across which made for great photos. It is green sulphur and you can see all the rocks in the creek tinged a green colour. There is a nice viewing area in which to take photos when you first enter the area and also a small waterfall. There wasn’t to much of a sulphur smell when we visited. There is a shop selling souvenirs and public toilets with some nearby seating available. It’s not as large or impressive or pungent as the hot springs in Rotorua -New Zealand but it is worth a visit.
Unique ExperienceHell valley was interesting, more-so as I had visited the hot-springs museum prior to taking a short walk up to the thermal valley.The smell of sulphur was stinky, but the view was quite mythical. I could almost imagine a dragon coming out of the steam.....
Interesting Thermal Valley and full of steamNice little walk from train station. Enjoy the view and interesting to watch. It's free to enter, what do other people expect.
Hong Kong, China
OkayHaving seen many similar (and often more interesting) hot springs in other parts of the world this is not particularly impressive - but since it is just about 10 min walk from other attractions in the vicinity of Beitou Park, it is probably worth a quick look
Chineses New YearDid not get to see the place because it is Chinese New Year and they close it on Monday. Disappointed .
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