In Taipei, you don’t have to go out of your way to get in touch with nature. Sticking part-way inside the city limits, not far from some of the city’s busy sections, is Yangmingshan National Park. At certain times of year it can be a brooding sort of place, with craggy, mist-covered mountains, high, windswept grasslands, and gurgling hot springs. When the weather is clearer, it can be stunning- the mountains around here hold the Guinness World Record for longest-lasting rainbow, a nine-hour event recorded last November. This is the time of year, though, when the park shows off its gentler, sunny side as inviting spring flowers draw in people from down in the city below. With the last of the winter chills on their way out, we’re heading up to the hills above Taipei to see what this national park is all about.
- 14 April, 2018