Famous home of hot springs in the Taipei area, Beitou is the most convenient area for travelers visiting Taipei to enjoy authentic thermal hot springs. During the Japanese occupation, the area around the natural hot springs was developed into a resort destination filled with nice resorts, inns, hotels, tea houses, parks, and public baths.
There are three free foot-soaking pools in Beitou. Those in Quanyuan Park and Fuxing Park are “green sulfur” pools, known for the delicate, jade-green color of their water, and said to be effective in treating chronic skin diseases, relieving aches in the muscles, and promoting the metabolism. The foot-soaking pool in Sulfur Valley is also known as the “milky spring” for its white color, and is said to be able to ease pains, and also to be quite helpful for arthritis and nerve pain. The foot-soaking pools are open from 08:00 - 18:00 and are closed on Monday.
Formation of hot springs / 溫泉的形成
There are two main conditions required in the formation of hot springs: a heat source and groundwater. Taiwan is situated on an active neo-orogenic belt with an unstable crust, and the stratum is often subjected to huge compression forces between the Earth's crust that leads to abnormal fragmentation. The molten magma beneath the crust tends to rise upward or intrude into the stratum, forming abnormally high-temperature zones or uplifting areas caused by lithospheric plate movement, where the sources of heat concentration are created due to the magma reservoir beneath the Earth's surface. Groundwater is also necessary to produce hot springs. Groundwater comes from rain, with the exception of a very small fraction that may come from magma. Rainwater seeps underground becoming groundwater, and then enters porous or fractured rock formations to develop into an aquifer. Groundwater heated to high temperatures is difficult to boil even at 100°C because of the high pressure deep beneath the ground. After groundwater convection takes places due to heat, the lower layer of hot water with a higher temperature will flow upward if there is a long, deep crack in the Earth's surface. That hot water we often see gushing out of the ground is a hot spring.
[How to log]
- The hot springs here is effective in what deseases?
- Under the deep beneath this hot springs there is no molten magma. (True or false?)
- The hot springs water here have nothing to do with the rain. (True or false?)
- What is the temperature of the original spring(源泉溫度) of this hot springs?
- What is pH value(pH值) of this hot springs?
- Upload the photo of you or your GPS with the hot springs in the background!
- Please send the answers to me by message on my profile!
- Now you may log as 'Found'. If the answer is not correct, I will contact you.
To get the answers for 4 & 5, you have to learn some Chinese words.
- the temperature of the original spring : 源泉溫度
- pH value : pH值
REF: Guide to Taipei.com, Beitou Hot Spring Museum(北投溫泉博物館), Tapei City Government, Gadd, Ben (1995). `Handbook of the Canadian Rockies´. Corax Press, pp. 171-172.
Special thanks to JoyChang for translation into Chinese!
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