Only a few minutes’ drive north of Taipei lies the vast National Park Yangmingshan, a mountainous region with lovely waterfalls, picturesque lakes, terraced rice fields, volcanoes and steamy thermal springs. It is a protected area and was designated in 1985. It is 113.66 km², and the highest point of the park is 1,120 m above sea level.
The Yangmingshan was called Caoshan (grass mountain) during the Japanese occupation because it was covered with grass and rarely visited. After the Second World War, the KMT government renamed Yangmingshan and built a park here.
The Yangmingshan National Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. The magnificent mountain scenery and the comfortable weather have made the Yangmingshan National Park a perfect summer location for the city dwellers.