Our flight back to Manila from Taipei will be at around 10 in the evening. So we still have an entire day to walk around the city. My sister’s friend, who is already working and residing in Taipei suggested that we go to Beitou. It’s a city about 45 minutes away from Taipei which is famous for hot springs. Since we didn’t really have any more itinerary for the day, we decided to try it out.
Just a cute building on our way to get breakfast before heading over to Beitou.
This is the facade of Beitou station. Another reason to love Taipei! ❤
Once you cross the road after the station, you will see this map that will suggest different routes depending on the places you want to visit in the area. It’s not that difficult to go around since the spots are just walking distance from each other.
Our first stop is the Beitou Public Library. It’s free and anyone can come inside and have a look. It’s a very beautiful building I was actually surprised to know that it is actually a library. More surprising is how beautiful it looked inside as well. And that there really are people who come inside to read!!! My amazement is beyond words because I love to read books and it’s awesome to see people in this day and age still going to libraries to actually read!
Unfortunately these are the only photos I have of the inside because I found out a little late that cameras are not allowed. But yeah, that’s how beautiful it is.
The beautiful Beitou Public Library
We followed one of the trails and right in the middle of it all is this beautiful forest-like park that follows a river, which means another opportunity for my sister and I to pose, hahaha. I don’t know about you guys but I always find it fun to pose for photos when in a place where people do not know a thing about you. 😀
Our next stop was their museum, but, it was closed because it was a Monday. Just beside the museum is their public hot spring, but we didn’t really have any plans of trying it out, because (1) we didn’t know and even if we do, (2) the weather was really very summer-y last October that we were there and it might feel torture to actually try it out with that kind of weather.
Best thing about the hot spring is that they sell these!
Just a few blocks after the hot springs is Beitou’s Thermal Valley, which unfortunately is closed as well because: Monday. Yeah, Taipei is no stranger to Monday blues as well. Just kidding, haha.
Since it was getting really hot and we still have time, we headed off to Daan Park back in Taipei City, which according to them is the largest out of all Taipei.
There’s this tiny and cute coffee shop right in front of Daan Park (besides Subway). It was more of curiosity with it’s cuteness that made us buy coffee before heading inside the park.
These are some of the things you will see that I believe is part of the train station before going out to see the park. Seriously, Taipei knows how to do urban planning and how to really make sure their train stations are efficient and beautiful at the same time. I kept on wishing we have these as well. Hay. One can keep on dreaming and hoping!
The thing I love about Daan Park is that there is a lake in the middle of the park with turtles, birds, fishes and much more living in harmony with each other (naks!). There weren’t a lot of people when we got there but maybe because it was early in the afternoon and it was a Monday. After the park, we headed back to our place and just walked around since we realized that there were so many bookstores near the hotel that we were staying at. These bookstores offer different stuff, from medical books, to magazines, to coloring books and journals. So we just wasted time there until it was time to leave and head back to the airport.
And with that, I am going to end my Taipei travel tale with this post below: