文山溫泉 Wenshan Hot Spring

Last visited 4 Apr 2010
Located in Taroko National Park, this hot spring area is currently closed. I was told about this hot spring when I met a guy from Taichung while camping around the area. He told me he used to frequent this area and the hot spring was one of his favourite hang out. Next day taking his advise, we drove 2km up north from our campsite to seek out the hot spring. Watch me, my partner and Siboy our dog how we got to the hot dip!!

UPDATE: Hotspring reopened Sep 2011.
The entrance is located before a road tunnel with a barrier and a warning sign saings that violator would be punished according to the law. Having been in Taroko Gorge 4 times and not knowing this beautiful place, I am going to chance it.

Date of closure

It was a long hike down the flight of steps

right in infront is a bath house for hot springer but currently bath house is not in operation

more steps

the one and only biggest obstacle to the hot spring. Guess how we got pass this gate?! A hint..you have to be slim and fit.

once pass the gate of mercy, you are rewarded with a bridge crossing to Garden of Eden


with a beautiful view of the river below us

carved out steps..slippery when wet

by the river we sing "Babylon"....

Here we sat down...Oh Oh ya


Used to be a pool here but was destroyed by Typhoon

This is Garden of Eden...Natural hot spring water from the crack of the wall. Be warned, it is 48 deg C and above!! However there is another make do pool by the river and the temperature is much lower. You can see them in the few picture before this. Someone had place some rocks around it and tried to sealed the pool with polythene.
A little history of the hot spring

This was the hot spring before the typhoon destruction. Click here for more photo.

4 comments:

  1. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to Taroko for a few years ...but will defintely seek out this 'closed' hot spring on my visit next week. Cheers,
    Mark

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  2. Thanks for posting about hot springs in Taiwan ... and camping. I am a Japan resident so I have developed a sense for soaking. I'm on my way!!

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  3. This used to be my favourite hotspring! :( RIP... I hope they reopen it one day...

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