Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Beitou

Beitou the first place that was developed in the Taipei area. "Beitou" originally means "a witch" in the aboriginal language.

Beitou is a nice place of Taipei and is the best of the best. It is the new hometown of hot springs known throughout the world. It is also a tourist attraction located at the suburb of Taipei with a land area of 56.82 square kilometers. It is flanked by Keelung and Tamsui Rivers, embraces Yangmingshan, Datun Mountain, and has abundant tourist resources and sublime and magnificent relics.


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Beitou Museum

The building housing the Beitou Museum, was built in 1921, and was "Jiashan Hot Springs Hotel" –the finest hotel in Beitou—during the Japanese colonial period. The building is located halfway up the hillside in Beitou, and occupies around 2,600 square meters; it is currently one of a very small number well-preserved wooden, two-story Japanese-style buildings in Taiwan.

The private Beitou Museum contains close to 5,000 folk artifacts and works of folk art that have been preserved and displayed here for over 30 years. Apart from the building, which is itself a historic site, the museum displays both permanent exhibits and occasional topical exhibits in its limited space. The museum also promotes the art of tea and the making of the Japanese sweets known as wagashi through hands-on extension activities.


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Beitou Library

Apart from being famous for its hot springs, Beitou is also home to Taiwan’s first “green” library. This distinctive structure is located in the lush green environs of Beitou Hot Spring Park, near the Beitou Hot Spring Museum.

This library was the first building in Taiwan to receive the certification of “Green Building”. The structure makes generous use of French windows and natural light, and blends in with the surrounding environment. Built mainly of wood and steel, it resembles a large treehouse just waiting to welcome visitors.

Beitou Library is “green” from inside to outside! Part of the roof is covered in solar panels, which can store up to 16KW of power. The wooden balcony railing is also eco-friendly; its vertical design conserves energy by reducing the amount of heat-causing rays allowed to enter the rooms. Rainwater collected by the sloping roof’s drainage system is used to water the library’s plants and flush the toilets. Eco-friendly paint was also used, to reduce the amount of toxins released into the environment.


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