The mountains and river valleys that surround the capital are loaded with attractions, making for an enticing series of day-trips or short breaks. Beitou’s hot-spring spas are some of Taiwan’s best, while hikers should find plenty to keep them busy in Yangmingshan National Park. The old port towns of Danshui and Bali contain a smattering of historical sights, while Wulai and the towns to the southeast offer a taster of the island’s mountainous interior. Yingge is a must-see for anyone with an interest in ceramics, and the temple at Sanxia is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful.

 

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