From the Confucius Temple, it was just a short walk to the Bao`an Temple, which offered views of wonderful ornaments and murals.
On the way back to the MRT-Station we came to a nice park, where we rested and watched some sculptures.
From the MRT-station we walked first to the Ketagalan Culture Center, which offers on several floors exhibitions of aboriginal cultural artifacts and artworks and information on social structures and traditions of Taiwan´s indigenous people. I especially liked the clothes exhibition.
Just a few steps away along the Hot Spring Park was our next museum, the Beitou Hot Spring Museum. We had to take off our shoes to enter and got flip-flops instead. The 100-year-old building was once a public bathhouse and now is used to tell the hot spring history of Beitou.
The most famous sight of Beitou is the GeothermalValley with its steaming water. Lucky for us, it is just a short walk away from the museum and it was indeed quite a sight. It reminded me a bit of Deildartunguhver, which we visited in Iceland. We also visited the shop, where my friend bought hot spring bath powder for his nephews.
We were walking a bit of a round tour in Beitou and next came to the small Japanese Puji Temple.
Of course, we had to visit a public bath in Beitou and based on what we read online before, we chose the Long Nai Tang Hot Springs. When we wanted to enter, we were warned by the employee/owner, that we would have to get naked in there, that it´s very hot and he advised to take a look inside, before we decide. We did and it was small and rustic inside – exactly what we were looking for, which was an authentic Taiwanese hot spring bath. After visiting a rustic mud hot spring on our trip to Japan we were quite prepared.
We walked back through the Hot Spring Park to the MRT-Station and now were fit to do even more sightseeing.
It was already late afternoon but seemed perfectly fine for a trip to Tamsui at the coast. So we took the MRT to Tamsui Station and walked first to the little Fuyou Temple, but unfortunately forgot to look, if the Fish Ball Museum is still open. It was already too late to take a look at Fort San Domingo, (first built in 1629 by the Spanish) but we were happy to go to the promenade at the water, to watch the sun go down. I also tried some fried shrimps on a stick and was fascinated by the Turkish Ice Cream shop.
We considered taking a ferry to another attraction in the area, the Fisherman´s Wharf, but when we inquired at the ticket office, the lady didn´t speak English and we just thought to have understood, that the next ferry may go to Bali, which is on the other side of the river, but not to the Fisherman´s Wharf. We chose instead to slowly go back to the MRT-Station through the Tamsui Old Street, where we tried not to buy everything of the wide variety of exotic snacks. However, we couldn´t resist some hot red-bean filled cookies. Finally we took the MRT back to the hotel, which took about 30 minutes and we had to stand all the time, because it was so crowded inside. Back in the hotel we fell asleep in no time…