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In the Hot Springs of Beitou

Mostly known for its night markets, the supertall Taipei 101, and for one of the biggest Chinese art museums in the world, Taipei has another attraction that visitors must experience - the hot springs.
Located in the northern part of the city, Beitou is mountainous and is criss-crossed by rivers and creeks, often enveloped by steam caused by geothermal warming. The name Beitou originally means 'witch,' probably an oblique reference to the steam rising in the valley - like that of a witch's cauldron. 
During the Japanese occupation, the area was developed into a resort town, with inns equipped with hot mineral baths were constructed, much like the onsen in Japan. During my weekend visit to Taipei I swung by the hot spring resorts at the end of the day, as a way to relax after a whole day of exploring the urban side of the city.

The area where I went to is called Xingyi Road. Navigating to the area was a bit challenging at first as most of the road signs were in Chinese, and…