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