Beitou

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Beitou District
北投區
Kuang Ming Rd-1
Kuang Ming Rd-1
TaipeiBeitouDistrict.png
Country Taiwan
Region Northern Taipei
Divisions
Area
 • Total 56.8216 km2 (21.9389 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 2nd of 12
Population
 • Total 248,965
 • Rank Ranked 5th of 12
 • Density 4,400/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Postal code 112

Beitou District (Chinese: 北投區; pinyin: Běitóu Qū; Wade–Giles: Pei3-t'ou2 Ch'ü1; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Pak-tâu-khu) is the northernmost of the twelve districts of Taipei City, Taiwan. The historical spelling of the district is Peitou. The name originates from the Ketagalan word Kipatauw, meaning witch. Beitou is the most mountainous and highest of Taipei's districts,encompassing a meadow with rivers running through the valley which have abundant steam rising from them; the result of geothermal warming. The valley is often surrounded by mist shrouding the trees and grass.

Beitou is famous for its hot springs.[1] In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.[2]

Asus has its headquarters in Beitou.[3]

History[edit]

Between 1920 and 1941, Beitou was a village (北投庄) in Shichisei-gun (Qixing District), Taihoku Prefecture (台北州七星郡). It was upgraded to a town (北投街) in 1941. After World War II, it was renamed as Beitou urban township (北投鎮), belonging to Taipei County. Beginning in 1949, Beitou and Shilin were administered by the newly formed Yangminshan Administrative Bureau. Both of them were merged into Taipei City in 1968.

Originated by Japan when Taiwan was part of its colony, the hot springs have improved to include aroma therapy, massage, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and excellent cuisine which complement the entire spa experience. The mineral waters stream from the numerous geothermal vents that occur naturally in the region and are famous for their health benefits.

Tourism[edit]

Beitou is one of the largest concentrations of hot springs and spas in the world. Once a small park where locals used to relax in the hot springs, the Beitou Valley has evolved today to include over thirty resorts; A 20-minute train ride north of Taipei takes you to Beitou. The resorts and spas are regarded by many locals and international tourists as among the most relaxing and rejuvenating places in the country. The spas consist of different degree pools (from cool to very hot) and minerals. However, residents of this district note that sulfuric fumes from the hot springs do ruin their electric appliances in the long term.

Education[edit]

Universities and colleges:

Junior and Senior High Schools:

Transport[edit]

The district is served by Beitou Station, Xinbeitou Station, Zhongyi Station, Qiyan Station, Fuxinggang Station, Guandu Station, Qilian Station, Mingde Station and Shipai Station of the Taipei Metro.

Attractions[edit]

Puji Temple

Photos[edit]

These are some pictures taken in Beitou.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Andrew (2010-03-21). "Taiwan’s Steaming Pools of Paradise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ Wong, Hiufu "Taiwan names its 10 top small tourist towns" CNN Go. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-31
  3. ^ "2007 Corporate Sustainability Report." Asus. 10 of 67. Retrieved on March 15, 2010. "ASUS has its headquarters located in No. 15, Li-Te Rd., Beitou, Taipei 11259, Taiwan."

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Coordinates: 25°07′00″N 121°30′00″E / 25.1167°N 121.5°E / 25.1167; 121.5