Wander among 4 #Instaworthy destinations in New Taipei

本山礦場(Photo courtesy of @hjx.0626/Instagram)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Known for its tourist attractions such as Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園) and Jiufen Old Street (九份老街), New Taipei City boasts some of Taiwan’s most spectacular coastlines and mountains.

If you’re looking to avoid large crowds, here are four locations less known to the local public, yet #Instaworthy travel destinations that you shouldn’t miss!

This popular village boasts houses shaped like flying saucers. (Photo courtesy of @sophyhaha2/Instagram)
The Abandoned UFO Houses

Shaped as flying saucers, these bizarre UFO houses were constructed in 1978 and were originally planned to be a high-end vacation resort. However, the project was forced to a halt due to investment losses during the first oil crisis.

Years later, rumors began to spread that the place was haunted after several fatal car accidents and suicides occurred in the area.

Dilapidated, the park exudes of a sense of mystery.

The vintage architecture attracts visitors far and wide, where many come to take gorgeous #Instaworthy photos to post on social media platforms.

The houses date from the 1970s.(Photo courtesy of @hsun_ying915 (left) and @xkxk549777 (right) /Instagram)

How to get there? Address:Riguang Rd., Wanli Dist., New Taipei


 

This island is vaguely shaped like a crocodile. (Photos courtesy of @tt78906 (left) and @s103087 (right)/Instagram
The Observation Deck of Crocodile Island

Standing at the forest trails, you can also enjoy the magnificent hills and picturesque islands surrounding Feitsui Reservoir. One of the islands — “Crocodile Island” — got its name from its vague resemblance to a crocodile sitting on the turquoise lake.

Refreshing and soothing, the observation deck of Crocodile Island is the perfect getaway place for when you’re tired from the hustle and bustle of cities!


How to get there? Shiding Dist., New Taipei


 

The area was an important gold mine in the early 20th century. (Photo courtesy of @solalachu/Instagram)
Jinguashi Geopark

Jinguashi Geopark used to be an important gold-mining area, but with the passage of time, it has now become a popular spot for photography enthusiasts.

The mysterious rock formation in the square and the mossy hills in the background make for an astonishing array of photographs.


How to get there? 102 County Highway, Ruifang Dist., New Taipei


 

The waterfall is the ultimate romantic destination in northern Taiwan. (Photos courtesy of @pptctw/Instagram)

Silver Stream Cave Waterfall

To appreciate this beautiful scenery in person, you have to first take a 15-minute hike. Although it may be a bit exhausting, all the sweat is worth it after you see the waterfall.

If you’re brave enough, you can even go behind the waterfall where you can experience the all-natural air conditioning! There is even a small temple near the waterfall that you should definitely visit!


How to get there? Yinhe Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei