Taipei City
First UBER Ever – Local Beitou Walking Tour
Experiencing UBER / UBER eats from 50 years ago
Location: Taipei City Duration: 6 hour(s)
From USD $50 per person
Tour Overview
Highlights

- Experience the prototype of uber service by motorcycle
- Shop in Beitou traditional Market like a Taiwan local
- Learn about Taiwan's fascinating hot spring culture
- Explore Thermal Valley which is also known as "Ghost Lake" and “Hell Valley”
- Visit the first green building of the library in Taiwan: Beitou Library
- Boil you own “Real Hot Spring Egg” in Beitou Public Hot Spring

All about the trip

The first outsider to take note of Beitou’s hot springs was a German sulfur merchant, who built a hot spring club there in 1894. The next year Japan took over the island, and quickly realized the high quality and commercial value of the springs. By the early 1900s, Beitou boasted a thriving, upscale hot spring and entertainment scene, complete with geishas, primarily for Japanese are upper-class Taiwanese visitors. In the early stage, geishas traveled by tricycles and black sedans. In the 1960s, the motorcycles were imported in Taiwan and soon replaced the tricycles and black sedans by providing more convenient commuting. Now, the motorcycle express provides services for the local people in Beitou, including picking
up the customers, shopping, express delivery, etc.

Apart from being famous for its hot springs, Beitou is also home to Taiwan’s first “green” library. This library was the first building in Taiwan to receive the certification of “Green Building”. The structure makes generous use of French windows and natural light and blends in with the surrounding environment. Built mainly of wood and steel, it resembles a large treehouse just waiting to welcome visitors. Beitou Library is “green” from inside to outside! Part of the roof is covered by solar panels, which can store power. The wooden balcony railing is also eco-friendly; its vertical design conserves energy by reducing the number of heat-causing rays allowed to enter the rooms. Rainwater is collected by the sloping roof’s drainage system and apply to watering the library’s plants and flush the toilets.
What to Expect
  • Beitou Market - Beitou Market has existed since the Japanese period, and is one of Taipei’s markets with the richest history. Insiders say that the best goods are not only found in the main market located in the buildings, but also in the little neighboring alleys. Owing to its proximity to the mountains of Yangmingshan, people can find vegetables grown and brought down from the hills by local farmers. The baskets of high mountain vegetables carry a delightful freshness unique to homegrown produce. You will be enjoyed this Taiwan local tour and food tour with our professional Taiwan tour guide.
  • Beitou Museum - The only remaining all-wood two-story Japanese style building in Taiwan was designated as a historical site in 1998. The building was used during the Japanese era as lodging for Kamikaze pilots during World War II.
  • Puji Temple - Walking up a flight of stone steps you'll come to Puji Temple which is an option for Taiwan family trip. Whether here to worship or just to admire the Japanese architectural mastery, you'll find a sense of tranquil calm settling over you.
  • Beitou Thermal Valley - Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group.
  • Plum Garden - The building was constructed in the late 1930s as the summer getaway home of calligrapher Yu Youren. In 2006, the building was listed as a historical site by the Taipei City Government and was opened to the public in 2010. The wooden building mixed both Japanese and Western architectural styles with two floors. The ground floor was constructed as an air raid shelter which is heavily shielded with steel rods and reinforced concrete.
  • Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch - An eco-friendly complex with only wood, steel, and other recyclable materials used in its construction. The space is carpeted in green shade, making a day immersed in the glories of the book, a quiet, pleasant gem indeed. A perfect place and thing to do in Taiwan with kids! (Taiwan Today: Beitou library makes coolest green building list)
  • Beitou Hot Spring Museum - Right beside the library, Beitou Hot Spring Museum is a museum about hot spring in Beitou Park with the Roman-style bathing pool as its distinctive feature. The construction of the building started in 1911 and completed in 1913 during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. It was initially built as Hokutō Public Bathhouse, the largest bathhouse in East Asia at that time. Both Crown Prince Hirohito and Dr. Sun Yat-sen were attracted by its fame and came to visit (Taiwan Today: Museum traces history of local hot spring culture)
ItineraryExpand All
DAY1
  • 11:00 Meet your guide at Beitou MRT Station
  • Beitou traditional Taiwanese markets (Lunch on own-taste local cuisines)
  • Experience the motorcycle express to Beitou Museum
  • (Reminder: walking tour below)
  • Pu Chi Temple
  • Beitou Thermal Valley
  • Boil eggs with hot springs
  • Air Defense Maze
  • Plum Garden
  • Beitou Hot Spring Museum
  • Beitou Library
  • Beitou Public Hot Spring
  • 17:00 Drop you off at Xin Beitou MRT Station
Inclusion
  • Accommodation N/A
  • Food Hot Springs Boiled Egg
  • Admissions Entrance Fee of Beitou Museum and Beitou Public Hot Springs
  • Transportation One-way transportation by motorcycle
  • Others English-speaking licensed guide / Passenger insurance / Tax
Details
  • Availability Departs daily, except for Monday
  • Pick up point Pick up at Beitou MRT Station & Drop off at Xin Beitou MRT Station
  • Group size 1-8 people
  • Book at least 3 days in advance
  • What to bring Please bring your baving suit for the hot spring and wear comfortable shoes for walking. In summer, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and wearing sunglasses and a hat. In winter, don’t forget to bring a jacket.
  • Cancellation Policy Cancellation made less than 24 hours before departure is non-refundable. Cancellation made between 72~24 hours before departure will charge 50% of full payment. Cancellation made more than 72 hours before departure will offer a full refund.
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