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Awesome Positive Energy! A Guide to New Taipei City's 12 Attractions to Improve Your Luck

Awesome Positive Energy! A Guide to New Taipei City's 12 Attractions to Improve Your Luck
Other 2018/7/13
Date 2018/07/13 - 2018/12/31
Organizer Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government
Awesome Positive Energy! A Guide to New Taipei City's 12 Attractions to Improve Your Luck

Summer is the season to go outside and experience nature's phytoncide. To avoid being stuck in a crowd, here we introduce you to some of New Taipei City's rarely known attractions that are quiet and secluded. Escape from the madding crowd and let the abundance of “positive energy” bring vibrant vitality to you.
Areas in New Taipei City such as Pingxi, Shimen, and Ruifang are less than 1 hour of car ride away from the city downtown. Transportation by MRT in combination with TRA (Taiwan Railways Administration) and bus transfer are also highly convenient, which make these places suitable destinations for one-day trips. Moreover, the New Taipei City Government has actively constructed infrastructure in recent years to provide tourists with a friendlier recreational environment. The local vendors are also equipped with basic foreign language abilities such as English, Japanese, and Korean. They can provide foreign tourists with the most local way of sightseeing, as well as deliver the Taiwanese passion and energy to them.
In addition to nature's beautiful scenery, many of Taiwan's traditional religious and cultural characteristics can also be found at these places. An example is the popular Cai Shen Temple. Why not follow the believers' footsteps and experience the worship process? You may be surprised by the power of genuine faith. Other examples include Mazu temples and Tudigong temples, which are also extremely representative symbols of Taiwan's local culture.

Shiding Pingxi Wanggu Station Wulu Caishen Temple
Pingxi is not only about releasing sky lanterns! Located near the popular Shifen Station, Wanggu Station is perhaps the most secluded station on the Pingxi Branch Rail Line!
The suspension bridge next to the station seems to reflect the prosperity of coal-mining in the past. If you walk along the industrial road beside the railway and walk up the stairs of the wooden path, in less than 15 minutes you will arrive at Wanggu Waterfall in the lower valley. The curtain waterfall flows down from the top of the rock and forms a blue water pool at the bottom of the waterfall. The place looks as if you are inside a fairyland.
Facing Shiding's Wulu Caishen Temple is Jin Bao Mountain, whose exterior resembles the look of a shoe-shaped ingot. This makes the temple rather famous. Even the joss paper burners, incense burners for incense sticks, and treasure bowls for wishes about wealth are all in the design of shoe-shaped ingots for the symbolism of wealth.
The resplendent architecture is also very special. The pillars, joss paper burners, and decorations are all decorated by the design of shoe-shaped ingots. Worshipping here not only improves your luck, but also allows you to share some of Cai Shen Temple's joyful atmosphere.

Ruifang Baoshishan Bitoujiao
In Ruifang, the most recently completed Baoshishan Lookout is a popular attraction that received a lot of attention on the current social network.
The design of a cruise ship bow from the movie Titanic is very eye-catching. With only 166 meters, the wooden path beside the Lookout presents you with a stunning view at 360 degrees and zero blind spots. It is effortless to look over internationally renowned attractions—such as Shui Nan Dong, Yin Yang Sea, Chilungshan, Teapot Mountain, the historic site of Jinguashi 13 Ruins (remains of a copper-smelting refinery), and the waste flues—and take beautiful pictures as if you are on a direct railway slide to the Yin-Yang sea.
It take about 2 to 3 hours to walk the 3.5 km Bitoujiao Trail. At the peak of the trail, visitors will see continuous mountains on one side and the endless Pacific Ocean on the other side. This is an opportunity to see mountains views and ocean views all at once. Moreover, visitors can also enjoy Bitoujiao's unique terrain landscape, and learn about its special terrain and geology from sea water and rock erosion over tens of millions of years.

Shuangxi Hubaotan Mudan Station
Take the train to tranquil Shuangxi, step out of the station, transfer to a bus heading for Taiping, and you can reach Hubaotan, also known as “Taiwanese Jiuzhaigou” with pure, clean and crystal clear water.
The water color of Hubaotan varies with light and humidity. It's sometimes lush, sometimes azure. The scenery is just amazing. Ambling along the trail nearby, you can not only appreciate the beautiful stream scenery and the rich ecology along the way, but also enjoy a free Phytoncide bath.
Railway buffs can't miss out on Mudan Station here. It was previously referred to as “Wudankeng Station” and not until 1924 was it relocated to the current location.
Initially, in order to make the slope smoother, a big 120-degree curve was designed in Mudan Station. A unique scene of the head and tail of the train meeting each other could be shot, which attracts several tourists to wait for the arrival of the train. Occasionally the car and the train passing side by side could also be spotted, and a famous Japanese car commercial was filmed right here.

Mount Dadong and Nanliao Fude Temple in Shulin
Located on the border of Shulin, Shanjia and Yinge in New Taipei City and Guishan in Taoyuan, Mount Dadong is one of “Taiwan's 100 Little Peaks” with a class 1 triangulation station.
Hiking to “the Highland 405 of Mount Dadong,” you can enjoy the lookout without the obstruction of any other mountains: on one side is the vast view of Taoyuan, and on another is the unblocked view of Taipei Basin and Linkou Terrace. A trip to Mount Dadong in early spring will be refreshing and relaxing.
The Nanliao Fude Temple with more than 30 years of history is the largest Earth God Temple in Shulin and also the local religious center.
The grand square in front of the temple is the best sports and leisure venue. To the right of the temple is the only cold mineral pool in Shulin, “Tian-Cai Memorial Pool.” The slightly alkaline cold spring is called “the treasure of Shulin” for its rarity and ranks as one of the three cold spring resorts in North Taiwan. In addition, the Mount Datong hiking trail nearby boasts the charming scenery of Taiwan Cherry in full bloom in February.

Xindian Zhonghe XiaoCuKeng Hunglodei
Along Xindian River, the XiaoCuKeng Ecological Corridor starts from Xiaocukeng Power Plant. The plant is a classical and elegant Baroque structure with one-hundred -year-old history, and it's the only and most ancient hydraulic power plant that is still up and running.
The fantastic section is from the power plant to Qingtan Dam. When strolling, people can take in the lush bamboo forest and crystal clear Qingtan Dam, and it's just breathtaking to watch the sunshine spill over the lake.
Apart from a well-known tourist attraction to enjoy the night view of the Greater Taipei, Hunglodei is also a temple of the Earth God where people tend to pray for wealth the most in Northern Taiwan.
Here enshrines the Earth God, Goddess of Birth and Mountain God the Star, and the Hall of God of Wealth accommodates the Deities of Wealth of Five Directions, Wen Chang Lord Superior, God of Love, just to name a few. When you pray, don't miss out on the biggest Earth God statute in Taiwan and the “Big Gold Ingot” in his hands “burnished” by the pilgrims. You would be blessed with wealth all year round after touching it.

The Old Plum Maze and the Eighteen Lords Temple in Shimen
In Fugui Cape Park, Shimen lies an Old Plum Maze which has gone viral recently on Instagram and Facebook. The maze – arranged based on Bagua, or the eight trigrams – attracts both young and old to challenge and go through it.
Let's arrange a trip to the Old Plum Maze: accompanied by the beautiful scenery as the sea melts into the sky, take a photo and check in on Facebook. This will certainly earn you many likes along with soaring popularity. The observation deck next to the maze offers a great lookout of the sea and allows you to adore the charming coastal scenery. This is also a new choice for exploring the North Coast.
The story behind the Eighteen Lords Temple is the Taiwanese version of the faithful dog Hachiko. It was said that during the Tongzhi period of the Qing Dynasty (1862-1874), a sailboat carrying 17 Fuzhou merchants and one dog was unfortunately shipwrecked on its way to Mount Putuo, Zhejiang. The wreckage floated to Qianhua Village, Shimen, by which time all the men but the dog was drowned. Though the dog survived luckily, on seeing all its masters drowned, it decided to die with them.
Later, the residents nearby went to worship them and burn incenses for them on festivals. As time went by, people started calling the 17 men and one dog the Eighteen Lords, and the temple became a famous Yu-ying-kung temple in North Taiwan.

Date source: DISCOVER Taiwan
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