1-Day Private Tour of Taipei’s Great Outdoors Itinerary
- If you feel you spend enough time in crowded urban environments, and the hills visible from every part of the capital are calling to you, we can drive you up to Yangmingshan National Park via Martyrs Shrine, where the hourly changing of the guard is a display of breathtaking precision.
- On Yangmingshan we can enjoy the view over coffee and cake at Grass Mountain Chateau. A former residence of Chiang Kai-shek, it was built in 1920; even after a complete renovation less than a decade ago it continues to look thoroughly Japanese. The national park is criss-crossed by hiking paths; we can recommend one that matches your stamina and enthusiasm.
- Yangmingshan and nearby Beitou are riddled with hot springs: If you’d like to soak awhile, let us know in advance and we’ll arrange a stop at an outdoor spring. If the ocean beckons, we can instead drive through the national park to Jinshan and return to the capital via Fuji Fishing Harbour (for a lunch of ultra-fresh seafood), the beach called Baishawan (for a splash in the water) and the historic riverside town of Tamsui. One of the most visible and intriguing landmarks here is the castle-like Fort San Domingo.
- Another outdoors option – and one that deserves an entire day – is the indigenous enclave of Wulai. Much loved by birdwatchers, hot-springs fans and hikers, Taipei residents are indeed lucky to have this gorgeous realm of forest and mountain on their doorstep.
Pickup from your hotel in Greater Taipei, or Taipei railway stations or airport. Includes lunch, mineral water and insurance.