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Historical records show that the first recorded notice of Beitou’s hot spring was by a German sulfur dealer in 1894.
During 1895 to 1945, when Taiwan was under Japanese Imperial Rule, Beitou’s natural green sulfur hot spring was popularized.
The area around New Beitou MRT Station and Qinshui (read as ching shway) Park were developed into a hot spring resort by the Japanese as they believed soaking in the green sulfur water helped to heal diseases.
Traditionally, green sulfur hot springs were thought to be able to cure rheumatism, skin diseases and to relieve neural pain. The water, in various shades of jade, is highly acidic and contains rare earths and radioactive elements in harmless amounts.
The Japanese were fond of hot springs and in 1896, just a year after its rule in Taiwan; the first Japanese hot spring spa was established in New Beitou.
The businessman from Osaka, Japan, had built the first hot spring spa beside Beitou Steam, but all that remains now is only a set of stone steps.
During World War 2, many of these hot spring spas were reportedly used as resorts for Japanese Army officers and for Kamikaze to enjoy their last life pleasures.
In the late 80s and 90s, the government extended the MRT line to serve Beitou and New Beitou. Efforts were also made to clean up its reputation as an illegal red light district. Characterless concrete hotels built during the 60s were either demolished or refurbished into luxurious resorts.
New apartments were also built to cater to families and young working professionals who were attracted to the green and lush environment.
Through time, New Beitou was developed into a popular leisure attraction in Taiwan and boasts many hot springs hotels and resorts in its vicinity.
A short 15-minute walk from New Beitou Station, Hell’s Valley is located along Zhong Shan (read as sh-an, an as in answer) Road. At the entrance of Hell’s Valley, you will be able to pick up the sulfur scent coming from the hot spring.
Sulfur is typically described as smelling like rotting eggs but the sulfur scent from Hell’s Valley is a bland representation.
The short trail up the small hill will bring you face to face with one of the only two places in the world that has a green sulfur spring.
Hell’s Valley is called Geothermal Valley in Mandarin, but its English moniker is also fitting.
The rising steam and bubbling water on the surface of the water gives the place a somewhat eerie atmosphere. The thick steam rising from the hot spring also gives the illusion that you are walking into a hot, billowing cloud.
The water in the hot spring contains high concentration of sulphate mineral and is acidic. While a pH level of 7 is considered neutral, the hot spring’s pH levels ranges from 1.2 to 1.6.
Hell’s Valley is the origin for the hot springs around Beitou and covers an area of 3,500 square meters. In the past, people would bring chicken eggs here and boil them in the boiling water but it has since been prohibited.
It was discovered that boiling eggs in the hot spring hindered the formation of hokutolite, a lead-rich mineral deposited by very acidic hot springs. Outside of Japan, Hell’s Valley is the other hot spring that forms the rare mineral.
To prevent further pollution to the hot spring, and to ensure the safety of visitors, the government erected barriers along the hot spring.
There are many hot springs along a volcano belt between Beitou and Jinshan but Hell’s Valley is the hottest spring in the Tatun Volcano Group, a group of volcanoes 15 kilometers north of Taipei.
However tempting it may seem, refrain from dipping in the water or touching it the scalding spring water as it has a temperature of above 90 degree Celsius.
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