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The landscape also looks completely different, thanks to Taiwan’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is marked by active fault lines and volcanic activity. See the island’s geographic history up close by visiting Yangmingshan National Park, located at the northern edge of Taipei, and climbing up Qixing Mountain (Seven Stars Mountain), a dormant volcano 1,120m above sea level. The peak has two main trails, one heading to the east peak and one to the west peak, but the two can also be climbed in succession on a 5.5km hike that offers incredible views from the top.

After the hike, rest your weary muscles at one of the national park’s many hot spring resorts, such as the Landis Resort Yangmingshan, where natural sulphur pools are paired with hotel amenities including fresh towels and a roof overhead.

Hong Kong Airlines offers daily flights to Taipei. Yangmingshan National Park can be reached by bus from the main Taipei Railway Station, which drops of at the Yangmingshan bus stop. From there, shuttle buses run frequently throughout the park.

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