A comfortable day-trip from Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園; yángmíngshān guójiāgōngyúan) sits on a geological fault line sprinkled with dormant volcanoes, hot-spring spas and well-marked hiking trails. The highlight is the climb up Mount Qixing, the park’s highest peak, but it also contains important historical sights – Chiang Kai-shek built his first and last homes in Taiwan here. Minibuses race between the main attractions making it unusually accessible to non-hikers, so try to avoid visiting at weekends and during holidays, especially in the spring and summer flower-viewing seasons, when the park is at its busiest.

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