The Thermal Valley (地熱谷) in Beitou, also known as Hell’s Valley, is an eerie valley a short walk from Beitou Station. Known by locals as the ‘ghost lake’, it’s one of the main tourist spots in the town and always worth a quick look. In fact, during the Japanese colonial times, it was officially designated one of the twelve top scenic spots of Taiwan.
The hot spring water that flows from the valley is considered to be highly erosive and highly sulphurous. The spring water is almost clear but colored in an almost jade green color, always shrouded by steam that is up to several meters high. The platform viewing area is not that large, so have a walk around to see the various effects of the hot spring water.
How to get there
The nearest Taipei Metro station to Beitou Thermal Valley is Xinbeitou Station on the red line. If coming from Taipei Station, take the red line north to Beitou Station, from where you’ll need to change for the branch line that takes you to Xinbeitou Station (30 minutes, NT$50).
From Xinbeitou Station, walk down Zhongshan Road alongside Beitou Park. After about 10 minutes you’ll reach the turning (there is a Hi-Life convenience store on the left, as well as a large sign directing you to the Thermal Valley). The valley is down the end of this road heading to the left.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm