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
- Zhongshan Rd Thermal Valley, Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Xinbeitou
Hell Valley is good for an outingHell Valley has attracted scores of young visitors for as long as anyone can remember. It was one of the first visits I made when I visited Taiwan. The atmosphere is hot and steamy, with a strong smell of sulfur. The water is hot enough to boil an egg. To get there, take the train to Beitou, then the branch line to Xin Beitou. It's aound a 15 minute walk to Hell Valley.
Hell Valley is a popular destinationHell Valley ist a 15 minute walk from the Xin Beitou station. The Valley is full of mist and steam, and smells of sulfur. Its been a favorite day out for many years. The water is hot enough to boil an egg.
Hell Valley is a popular destinationHell Valley has been a favourite destination for young people for many years. The thermal springs are very hot and steamy -- you can boil an egg in the water! The smell of sulphur is strong, and the steam wafts over the water. To get there, take the MRT to Beitou than take the branch line to Shin Beitou. From the station, it's about a 15 minute walk.
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Public Scenic Area with HotspringWe took the metro to Beitou station and then had to take a special train to Xinbeitou station. From here, we walked to Beitou Thermal Valley. It was an easy walk. Just follow the direction and crowd. You could see the steam coming out from the pool. Nice place and free to visit. The natural sulphuric spring has very high temperatures. You can boil eggs here.
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.
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