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Kuang Ming Rd-1
|• Total||56.8216 km2 (21.9389 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 2nd of 12|
|• Rank||Ranked 5th of 12|
|• Density||4,500/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
Beitou District 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.
During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, between 1920 and 1941, Beitou was Hokutō Village (北投庄) in Shichisei District (七星郡), Taihoku Prefecture. It was upgraded to a Hokutō Town (北投街) in 1941. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China, 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 as districts.
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.
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.
Universities and colleges:
- Fu Hsing Kang College
- National Defense University
- National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science
- National Yang Ming University
- Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology
- Taipei National University of the Arts
- Mackay Medicine, Nursing and Management College
Junior and Senior High Schools:
- Zhong Zheng Senior High School
- Taipei Municipal Fuxing Senior High School
- Taipei Xin-Min Junior High School
- Taipei Beitou Junior High School
- Taipei Mingde Junior High School
- Yangmingshan National Park
- Guandu Temple
- Nung Chan
- Guandu Natural Park: birding
- Hot Springs in Xin Beitou and Xingyi Road
- Beitou Hot Spring Museum
- Beitou Museum
- Beitou Cape: Lighthouse and seaside resort
- Taipei City Public Library Beitou Branch
- Zhongxing Guesthouse
- Puji Temple
- Ketagalan Culture Center
- Tittot Glass Art Museum
- Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
- Hong-gah Museum
These are some pictures taken in Beitou.
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- - Beitou District Office, Taipei City
- - Photos of Beitou by Junewei(Wayne)
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