The Xinxing Wild Hotsprings 新興溫泉 are another wonderfully remote hotspring set in the bottom of a steep valley in Taoyuan county. It takes a while to get there, about 3 hours by motorbike from Taipei but if you like riding, you’ll love the drive out on the number 7.
The trail down to the springs starts in the village of Galahe 嘎啦賀. We parked up there and immediately had encounter with a particularly wide four year old. After calling me ‘hairy butt’ and Ross ‘baldy’, he threw stones at us and told us there was no water in the river. We ignored him and carried on, praying that our bikes would still be there when we got back!
The road down starts to the left of the main road that runs through the village. It’s super steep and really takes it out on your knees. Halfway down, it turns into stairs and altogether it took us about 30mins to get to the bottom.
The springs are actually a waterfall, and like the nearby Sileng Spring, the hot water pours down and then mixes with the river water in the valley for a perfect temperature. There are a few spots where you can bathe and the pools are deep and wide enough for a few people to get all the way into the water.
The river also has some great looking swimming holes and maybe even a decent jump or two…. though January is a bit too cold for that sort of thing!
The climb back up is the only drag but at the halfway point, where the road starts again, there is a sign with a phone number for someone to come and pick you up if you’re too weary to finish it…..
There’s nothing in the village so bring water and food with you.
This is definitely one for getting to with your own transport. See the map below for directions. Also if you drive a bike/scooter, be careful on some of the corners as they are a bit slippery with oil spills.