Exploring Taiwan’s New Taipei City – Jinshan and Wanli Districts 【探索台湾新北市 – 金山万里区】

Taiwan is a tourist destination that offers an endless list of attractions to explore. Recently, I had the opportunity to embark on a one-day tour of the Jinshan and Wanli districts in the New Taipei City and I would like to share with you my experiences in this blog.

台湾,也被称之为宝岛。这座宝岛上提供人们无穷无尽的观光好去处。最近,我有了难得的机会探索了新北市的金山和万里区,更深入地了解这美丽的宝岛。

In case you are wondering, New Taipei City is just located in Taipei. It was originally known as Taipei County but it took on a new name in 2010. Jinshan and Wanli districts are situated along the scenic northern coast of Taiwan.

新北市其实就在台北,原名为“台北县”,但在2010年改成了“新北市”。金山和万里区就处在台北的风景线上。

Singaporeans should be rather familiar with the two districts, especially the Wanli district that is home to the famous “Queen’s Head” (女王头) at the Yehliu Geopark. In this post, I will list the top attractions at these two districts and the recommended accommodation for your trip.

新加坡人对于这两区应该不会感到陌生。毕竟以“女王头”为号召的野柳地质公园就在万里区。在这篇文章里,我会跟你分享这两区必到的景点以及特别推荐的住宿哦!~

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No. 1 Yehliu Geopark 【野柳地质公园】

I was here about three years ago and took the photos below. This place brings back fond memories as I went there with my family. I still remember daddy sweating so much as we went in June. Nonetheless, we were amazed by the fascinating rock formations.

大约三年前,我在台湾政治大学念书时,全家都来探望我。那时,我就带他们来到野柳地质公园。由于正好是6月份,整个台北热到不行。爸爸汗流浃背,当场买了一件写着“野柳地质公园”的T恤就把身上的那件给换掉了。尽管如此,我们都对这里奇形怪状的石头非常感兴趣!^^

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It is a must to try the sea urchins over here. I don’t usually eat such things but they are really finger-licking good.❤

来到这里就要试吃当地的海产。虽然平常不吃海胆,但是这里的海胆还真不错!<3

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Estimated duration of stay: 2 hours

Opening Hours: 7.30am to 5pm (Note: Opening hours are extended for the months of May to September from 7.30am to 6pm and till 6.30pm for weekends)

Admisssion fee: NTD80 for tourists (free entry for children below 115cm)

Address: No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City

www.ylgeopark.org.tw

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No. 2 Jinbaoli Old Street 【金包里老街】

Jinbaoli Old Street is also known as Jinshan Old Street. It is said to be the oldest street in Jinshan district, with its history dating back to the Qing Dynasty.

金包里老街(金山老街)据说是金山区历史最久远的一条街,其历史可追溯至清朝呢!

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The shops here open pretty early. Most of the shops are ready for business by 10am and close around 7pm so do plan your trip around these hours.🙂

Jinbaoli Old Street is known for the famous duck meat stall located right in front of the Guang An Temple 广安宫庙. Countless tourists make a trip to Jinbaoli Old Street just for this duck meat and because of it, the boss managed to expand his business empire. He now owns a few stops within the area. I was there around 10.30am and these shops were already crowded with people.

老街上的商店都挺早开始营业的。大多商店10点就已经开业而在晚上7点就打烊了,所以你在规划行程方面可要特别留意了!

来到金包里老街,就应该试一试广安宫庙前的鸭肉店。不少旅客就是因为老街上的这摊鸭肉店,慕名而来的。老板生意越做越大,已经建了自己的“鸭肉王国”了。老街上有不少店面是老板租下,让食客坐下来好好吃一顿的。我大约10点半到这里,只见店里已经有不少人了!

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The duck meat looks really good right? Heard from many foodies that the meat is very tender. Yum Yum.

你看,鸭肉看起来很棒吧?听很多老饕说,这里的鸭肉非常嫩噢!

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There was another shop along the street that caught my attention. It is called 绿岛冰菓店(Lüdao Ice Shop). However, this shop does not sell ice. It is known for its noodles and a boss who is highly insistent on how his noodles should be eaten. My local tour guide, Wayne told me that the boss does not allow customers to add extra condiments to the noodles he has prepared. Nonetheless, this shop remains highly popular among the locals.

老街上还有一家店,引起了我的注意。这家店是“绿岛冰菓店”。这里卖的不是冰品而是面!我的在地向导严孟伟先生告诉我这家店的老板很坚持自己家的面条的吃法,不喜欢顾客加调味料。尽管如此,这家店还挺受当地人的欢迎的。

IMG_6559 IMG_6560When you are at Jinbaoli Old Street, you should also try Jinshan’s local specialty, the sweet potato. They come in different forms and I especially like the sweet potato chips. They are packed nicely in ziplock bags and look decent as souvenirs from Taiwan. Most importantly, they taste great too! I regretted buying only one packet. How I wish I could return to Jinbaoli and buy more. (It costs NTD100 per pack, which is around SGD4.)

来到金包里老街,就不能错过金山特产的地瓜。除了烤地瓜,不少商店还有售卖地瓜薯片。这些薯片都包得美美的,很适合当伴手礼!我回到新加坡后,才开始后悔为什么没有买多几包呢!实在是太好吃了!~(一包地瓜薯片是新台币100元,即大约4新元。)

IMG_6521I have included a map of Jinbaoli Old Street for your reference.

金包里老街的地图供你参考(来到金山一定要来这里逛一逛!)~

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Estimated duration of stay: 1.5 hours

Address: Jinbaoli St., Jinshan District, New Taipei City 208

http://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/

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No. 3 Juming Museum 【朱铭美术馆】

Juming Museum was established in 2004 by a famous Taiwan sculptor, Ju Ming aka Ju Chuan-tai. His art works are highly acclaimed, especially in Asia. (Note: Ju Ming’s art installation ‘Living World’ is a permanent outdoor exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore.) I love his creations and have always wanted to visit his art gallery. Little did I know that he has established a museum and it is located right in Jinshan District.

台湾著名雕塑家朱铭先生在2004年创办了这家朱铭美术馆。朱铭的艺术作品享誉国际,特别是在亚洲区。(你知道吗?朱铭的作品也在新加坡博物馆外永久展出呢!)我一直以来都很欣赏他的作品,也很想参观他的艺廊。没想到,他的“艺廊”一点都不简单。位于金山区的朱铭美术馆简直就是大到不行!太壮观了!

IMG_6600If you think that this museum would just be another typical museum with art pieces well-protected behind glass displays, you are absolutely wrong. Apparently, Juming Museum does not fall into this stereotype. In fact, this museum not only has art galleries but also consists of vast open areas, interactive zones and even man-made lakes. I am full of admiration towards Ju Ming for all the hard work that went behind making this museum such a success and yes, it is totally worth the admission fee.

值得一提的是,虽然这里被称为“美术馆”,但是这里的大多作品都是可以用手触摸的!朱铭的艺术品摆放在宽敞的草地上,区内还有互动园地和人造湖呢。可见朱铭先生在于设计美术馆方面放进了不少心思,也投入了不少资金。总之,这一切让我觉得入门票真是太便宜了,让我为朱铭先生担心会不会有入不敷出的情况呢!

IMG_6605Juming Museum is known for the huge sculptures displayed in the wide open field named the Taichi Square (太极广场). Feel absolutely privileged to see these art pieces in person.

这家美术馆最受欢迎的莫过于太极广场上的这些大型雕像了。能亲眼目睹真是太荣幸了!(当旅游部落客好棒!)

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I spent about 2 hours in this museum and left with full admiration towards Juming. It is a place highly worth visiting, trust me.

我在美术馆待了两个小时。离开时,带走的是对朱铭的艺术品的了解以及对这位艺术家的赞赏。这个地方真的很值得一去!

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Estimated duration of stay: 2 – 3 hours

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm from May to October and 10am to 5pm from November to April (Note: Juming Museum is closed on Mondays.)

Admission fee: NTD250 (SGD10.80) for adults and NTD220 (SGD9.50) for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for children under the age of 6 or below 115cm.

Address: No.2, Xishihu, Jinshan District, New Taipei City

www.juming.org.tw

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No. 4 Teresa Teng Memorial Park 【邓丽君纪念公园】

Jinshan District is also home to the tomb of the legendary Chinese singer, Teresa Teng whose early death shocked many in the Chinese community. Her resting place is situated right at the scenic Jinbaoshan where fans around the world visit the cemetery to pay their respects to the singer.

金山区也是已故著名女歌手邓丽君的安葬之地。她的墓园就坐落在风景宜人的金包山上,每天都有世界各地的游客慕名而来。

teresamemorialTeresa’s songs are constantly played in the memorial park.

这座纪念公园里,不断地播放着邓丽君的歌曲。

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When I was there, I saw an uncle holding a huge bunch of joss sticks. He introduced the singer to me and told me that her original name is 邓丽筠(yun) instead of what she is commonly known as, 邓丽君(jun). The uncle is very friendly. Apparently, he is a big fan of Teresa and has been standing by her tomb for many years. He also welcomed me to take photos of the memorial park.

邓丽君的坟墓边站着一位拿着一大把香的老人。看到我们时,他兴奋地向我们介绍这位已故的歌手,还告诉我们她的本名其实是邓丽筠呢!这位大叔非常友善。不出所料,他可是邓丽君的超级大粉丝,已经守护在墓边多年。他也非常欢迎我们在纪念公园里照相。

IMG_6583It is such a pity that Teresa Teng departed this world early else, she would have produced even more Chinese classics. If you are a fan of Teresa Teng, you should definitely make a trip to this serene cemetery and pay tribute to this diva.

如果邓丽君没有早逝的话,我们就可以听到更多经典歌曲了。好可惜啊!如果你是邓丽君的歌迷,那么你肯定要来这座纪念公园参观了!

Estimated duration of stay: 0.5 hours

No admission fee is required.

Address: No. 18, Xishihu, Xihu Village, Jinbaoshan, Jinshan District, New Taipei City

www.eng.taiwan.net.tw

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Recommended Accommodation – Jin Yong Quan Spa Hotspring Resort 【金湧泉温泉会馆】

With so many attractions in the Jinshan and Wanli Districts at the New Taipei City, you know that you should just stay there for a night to rest and recharge. Coincidentally, Wanli district is a popular area for hot springs due to the quality of the spring water in this area. It is home to many large hot spring resorts and one famous resort in the district is the Jin Yong Quan Hotspring Resort.

既然金山和万里区有这么多世界著名景点,你更应该在这里住上一晚好好休息了!无独有偶,万里区以优质的温泉泉水盛名台湾。这里有很多很棒的温泉会馆,其中就有著名的金湧泉温泉会馆

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I stayed at Jin Yong Quan Spa Hotspring Resort for a night. As I had a pretty tight schedule, I explored the outdoor hot springs at around 9.30pm and spent more than an hour there. This amazing resort has a gigantic outdoor hot spring area that is as big as a water theme park. There is a huge pool for adults to swim, a paddling pool for kids, indoor hot spring for men and women, and many other individual hot spring pools.

我在金湧泉温泉会馆住了一晚。由于行程紧凑,我在晚上9点30分才有时间享用这家会馆的户外温泉区,还用了超过一个小时!这家温泉会馆的户外温泉区太大了,简直就像是水上游乐园。这里也有室内的温泉区哦!

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(Photo courtesy of taiwantravelmap.com)

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While I was enjoying their hot spring pools, I spotted quite a few Korean ajummas and ajusshis too! They were like me, happily hopping from one pool to another. One thing to note is that the water here comes from underground seabed and contains mild sulfuric content. However, the smell is not strong at all so don’t worry about smelling like a rotten egg after the hot spring experience.

我在享受着不同的温泉池时,看到了不少韩国大叔和大婶跟我一样,开心地从一个温泉池换到另外一个。这里的温泉水从地底涌上,含有少许硫量,味道一点儿也不重,所以不用担心泡了温泉后会臭臭的!

IMG_2449One of the pools that I strongly recommend is the Ginseng Hot Spring Pool (人参汤). As a self-proclaimed health freak, I love the herbal smell of ginseng. The temperature of the pool is around 38 degree celsius, making it really comfortable on a cool, windy night.

在众多温泉池中,我最喜欢的是人参汤。人参汤的味道好香哦。温泉池的温度大概是38度。在台湾转凉的时候泡汤真是太舒服了!

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The other pool that I really love is the Milk Hot Spring Pool (牛奶汤). The water here has a slightly thicker texture as compared to other pools. I soaked inside the pool for about 15 mins and when I left, my skin felt really soft and smooth. How I wish I could just go there every day!❤

There was a very friendly Taiwanese who agreed to be my model. It is pretty obvious that she is enjoying herself too!🙂

我也很爱金湧泉的牛奶汤!我在池里泡了大约15分钟,离开的时候,皮肤感觉嫩嫩、滑滑的。真希望每一天都有温泉泡呀~

你看,超级友善的台湾阿姨充当了我的模特儿。显然地,她也很享受这里的温泉!<3

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There are also other pools with essences like Rose, Lavender, Peppermint etc. They do have a hydrotherapy pool as well. Hot springs are said to bring about many health benefits which include relieving rheumatism and body aches, improving blood circulation, smoother skin and improved quality of sleep.

金湧泉温泉会馆还有玫瑰汤、薰衣草汤和薄荷汤等。那里更有疗愈池呢。人们常说泡温泉对身体好。其中就包括了治疗风湿和身体疼痛、促进血液循环、带来更滑嫩的肌肤和提升睡眠品质。

IMG_2458Did I mention that they have an area for Fish Spa as well?

你知道那里也有鱼疗池吗?太夸张了!

IMG_2483IMG_2434After the wonderful hot spring session, I spent a night at their standard room.

泡完温泉后,我在金湧泉住了一晚。

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The next morning, I woke up to the sound of little birds chirping outside my window. What a lovely start to the day!❤

隔天一早醒来时,听到了窗外的鸟叫声,感觉大自然就近在咫尺。真是完美的一天的开始!<3

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I would recommend Jin Yong Quan Spa Hotspring Resort to families and couples. After all, you wouldn’t have such a wonderful opportunity to enjoy hot springs in Singapore.  How I wish I could just stay here forever. I love hot springs.❤

You can conveniently book for a stay at the resort online via their website. Prices for the standard rooms go as low as NTD3170 for weekdays (SGD138) and NTD4230 for weekends (SGD184), and it includes complimentary unlimited usage of the outdoor hot springs and pools. It was a great experience for me staying at the resort and being able to travel to the attractions above. Proud to say, it is another achievement unlocked.🙂

金湧泉温泉会馆很适合全家大小和情侣哦。最重要的是,你在新加坡没有办法享受到温泉呢!你可以通过网站直接订房。一晚住宿介于周日NTD3170 (SGD138)至周末NTD4230 (SGD184),这也包括了户外温泉区的入门票。

Address: No.213-3, Wanlijiatou, Wanli Township, New Taipei City

www.jyq-hotel.com (Hotel booking can be done at this website)

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All in all, I love the old town charms of the Jinshan and Wanli districts. The people are warm and hospitable. The lifestyle over here is also significantly slower than Taipei city, which is just a stone’s throw away. I must stress that this is a perfect place for a short getaway out of a bustling city for you to just take a step back and enjoy the natural scenery and the therapeutic hot springs that it has to offer.

我很喜欢金山和万里区的古镇风情。这里的人也很热情呢!新北市的生活步伐也明显地比台北的慢。如果想要暂时远离城市的喧嚣,新北市是我很大力推荐的。更何况,这里有既健康又舒服的温泉。:)

Next up, I will be sharing with you about Tamsui or Danshui, another district within the New Taipei City. Stay tuned to this blog for more.❤

接下来,我会和你们分享新北市的淡水。感谢阅读!<3

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Thanks to the New Taipei City Tourism Board for extending the invitation to my blog, Follow My Wanders. Proud to be the official Singapore blogger for the event in Taiwan, “Have fun in New Taipei City”.

由衷感谢新北市觀光旅遊局诚意邀请我,担任唯一新加坡旅游部落客,通过「自在旅行 新北好行」活动推荐新北市好去处和住宿。

6 responses to “Exploring Taiwan’s New Taipei City – Jinshan and Wanli Districts 【探索台湾新北市 – 金山万里区】

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