Alaobie Park (嗄嘮別公園), also written as Shalaobie Park in English, is hillside park near Beitou Hot Spring known for its seasonal colors. A wonderfully colorful tourist spot in the flower and cherry blossom seasons, the rest of the time it is relatively tanquial.
The cherry blossom trail winds its way around the topography of the park and is not at all taxing on the feet. Make sure you walk to the observation deck at the top for essential photos of the park colors, with the urban areas of Taipei and the Guandu Plain in the background. The best time to view the cherry blossom season is usually early spring, while the summer flowers can usually be seen around January to February. If coming at another time of the year inquire at a tourist information center, such as in Beitou, as flower displays may be on at other times of the year.
As well as the flowers and cherry blossoms, there is the tiny but still in use Chenghuang Temple, as well a few connecting paths including trails for viewing butterflies and frogs. There is also a pavilion where you could enjoy a picnic or take in the night view over the capital, but generally Alaobie Park is only worth visiting when the flowers and cherry blossoms are out. But when they are it’s a mighty impressive Taipei garden!
How to get there
The nearest station is Fuxinggang on the Taipei Metro’s red line, which is just one stop from Beitou (2 mins, NT$20). From exit 1, the park is several minutes on foot. Alternatively, you could easily cycle to Alaobie Park from Beitou. There is a YouBike station outside Beitou Station, and the park is several minutes to the west. Be sure to use the link below to make sure you are going in the right direction, as you’ll need to go through various streets to get there, whether you walk or take a bike.
Hours and fees
Official website: parks.taipei (Chinese)