The Town of Jiaoxi is located on Taiwan's east coast in Yilan County just a 1 hour bus ride from Taipei City.Jiaoxi is truly a hot spring town as there are free hot foot pools peppered throughout the entire town for visitors to soak in at any moment. The water is warm and the minerals seep through your skin and put you in a state of relaxation.
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Jiaoxi is surrounded by mountains and is just a few kilometers from the ocean. Visitors enjoy walking around the small streets, eating snacks, and of course enjoying the hot springs. Because of its proximity to Taipei, Jiaoxi can be quite crowded on weekends. The town continues to grow with new hotels and services as it becomes a tour stop for many international travelers as well.
Jiaoxi is not a big place so it is easy to navigate around the town. One of the central locations in Jiaoxi in Tangweigou Park. The park isn't large but visitors can find free hot spring foot pools at the entrance and then walk along the small stream for about 5 minutes. There are nice views of the mountains and a few places to sit and enjoy a drink or snack.
Many of the side streets of Jiaoxi are paved with stone bricks which give the area a small town feeling.
Tangweigou Park is in the center of Jiaoxi and has many places to sit, eat, drink, and enjoy the clean cool air of the mountains.
Pictured below, visitors take advantage of one of the free hot spring foot pools located throughout Jiaoxi.
No hotspring town would be complete without a few hot spring fish pools. After you place your feet in the water , the fish will nibble at the dead skin and bacteria on your feet. It feels strange at first, but it's easy to get used to it.
Pictured below, hot spring foot pools are so popular in Jiaoxi that this noodle restaurant allows diners to soak tired feet and enjoy lunch at the same time.
There is no shortage of hotel space in Jiaoxi. There are many levels of rates from budget to luxury accomodation. Some hotels have their own hot spring facilties, but some do not.
If your hotel doesn't have a hot spring option, no need to worry. Many hotels will allow you to buy a ticket to use the hot springs for the day. Tickets can range from 250NT on weekdays and 300Nt on weekends and holidays.
Pictured below is a rockin Jiaoxi Square welcoming visitors to Jiaoxi.
Getting to Jiaoxi is very convenient via public transportation.
The bus company, Capital Bus, leaves from the Taipei Bus Terminal station at the City Government MRT stop. Tickets are about 120NT for one way. There are buses every 10-15 minutes so just buy a ticket and line up . It's on a first come first serve basis. Bus rides take 40-60 minutes and travel along Highway 5 under the Xue Shan Tunnel.
The train to Jiaoxi is another option, however, it is a slow train and takes up to 90 minutes from Taipei to Jiaoxi. There are several trains an hour.
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