Lengshuikeng Hot Springs (冷水坑溫泉), located in the heart of Yangmingshan National Park, is a free hot spring popular with hikers and day-trippers from Taipei. The temperature of the water is very mild and lukewarm, and while rather small, it’s a very authentic, old-school hot spring experience.
The hot spring itself has two parts. There are the free indoor baths, separated between men and women. While the building isn’t exactly the Ritz, it’s definitely worth bringing a towel and change of clothes so you can have a try, to see what a real down-to-earth hot spring is like in Taiwan. The slightly brownish water feels really smooth on the skin, and is a perfect reward after hiking. Note that there is no soap and most bathers just give themselves a rinse before entering.
There is also a free foot bath outside that uses the same water source, which anyone can use. It’s the preferred choice for those that are nervous about going naked in the inside baths, or just want to enjoy the sights and soothe their legs after a hike. It can get busy on weekends, but is usually not too crowded on weekdays.
There are also various scenic spots to check out in the wider area. A minute south down the main road is the Lengshuikeng Visitor Center. From here there are trails that head off into the east. About a minute down one of these trails is the Milk Lake (牛奶湖), a milk white color sulfur spring. Proceed on a minute further and you’ll reach the Jingshan Suspension Bridge, which offers a view over one of the brownish hot spring streams in the national park.
How to get there
From Jiantan Station on the Taipei Metro’s red line, you can take either the S15 bus to Lengshuikeng bus top (about 1 hour, NT$15) or the more frequent 108 bus to the nearby Lengshuikeng Service Center (about 1 hour, NT$15).
Lengshuikeng Hot Springs is also located at the end of the Qixing Mountain hiking trail. It’s highly recommended to do this hike and then relax in the hot spring after!
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 4:30pm