Beitou Thermal Valley in Taipei is probably attractive to travelers because of the dreamy-looking photos that were taken here.
However, do not be fooled.
This place is interesting to visit, but one must be cautious about where they are going when they are within the compound of the attraction.
The presence of mists is due to the high temperature of hot springs in the area. Beitou Thermal Valley, also known as Hell Valley by locals, is one of the sources supplying the area’s public and private hot springs.
Other than Hell Valley, some refer to the attraction as “Jade Spring Valley” because of its clear and greenish spring water, caused by the presence of “green sulfur” in it.
Nature, and scenic area.[kpl]
Name in Local Language
Mandarin: 北投地熱谷 (běitóu dìrègǔ)
3 Facts About Beitou Thermal Valley (Hell Valley)
Here are some facts that you must know about Beitou Thermal Valley before visiting the attraction.
Fact #1: The springs release sulphuric steam.
The springs around Beitou Thermal Valley are constantly at boiling point, thereby releasing sulphuric steam that creates a dreamy scene for any visitor coming into the area.
Upon entering the scenic area, a strong smell of sulfur will greet your senses.
The steam is also the main element that makes this place so beautiful.
Fact #2: The hot springs are dangerous.
The valley holds water with temperatures fluctuating around 80 to 100 degrees Celsius.
On top of that, it also contains hydrochloric acid which can be corrosive in nature. Both of these made the spring highly dangerous.
Some locals call it the Hell Valley for a reason. In the past, there have been multiple incidents of people falling into the hot spring before being boiled to death.
As such, fences were erected by the local government for safety and to prevent the contamination of the spring water. Visitors are not allowed to come into contact with the water for any reason whatsoever.[kpl]
Fact #3: The Thermal Valley area is home to a rare type of rock.
Thermal Valley and its surrounding area are where you can find a rare type of rock called hokutolite, which is also known as anglesobarite or Beitou rocks.
These rocks, which can only be found naturally in Beitou and the Akita prefecture in Japan, contain radium, a radioactive element.
Things to Note
- Visitors are strictly prohibited from coming in contact with the hot spring to avoid untoward incidents.
- Beware of your steps, especially when you are near the edge of the hot springs.
Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
- Souvenir shop
+886 (2) 8733 5678
Zhongshan Rd., Beitou Dist.,
Taipei City 112,