This is also a good spot for a hot spring soak and a feast of wild-grown vegetables in nature's scenic embrace, offering something for body, mind and spirit.Volcanic action and geological factors have produced several sources and types of hot spring on Shamao Mountain.Sulfuric acid springs are dominant here and the water has a sulfur smell that is slightly stronger than that of the springs in Beitou.Most of the hot spring hotels and restaurants here are clustered in Pingdeng Village near Lengshueikeng, and in Macao off the Yangming Mountain (Yangmingshan)-Jinshan Highway.In recent years, upscale hotels have added a new face to this historic mountain getaway just minutes from downtown Taipei.Due to its convenient transportation links, Xinbeitou is a popular destination for Taipei residents looking for a scenic escape and delicious cuisines just a stone's throw from the city center.The traditional and modern resort-style restaurants here serve up dishes made with free-range chicken and mountain-grown vegetables, winning over diners with an unforgettable taste.
Its temperature is rather low, at around 40 Celsius degrees, hence the name in Chinese, meaning “cold water pit.” Macao’s hot spring water is 70-75 Celsius degrees and Gengziping’s can reach 90 Celsius degrees.
Taipei City's northernmost district, Beitou began to rise as a hot spring destination in 1896, when a Japanese businessman named Hirada Gengo opened the area's first hot spring hotel Tenguen.
The springs here are fed by water from Dire Valley (Diregu) (Hell Valley) and Longfeng (Longfong) Valley near Xingyi (Singyi) Road.
There are also a few establishments off Yangde Boulevard that offer bathing, restaurant and tea service.
Shamao Mountain is known for its wild-grown vegetables.