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Hot Spring Association Holds Mt. Shamao Hot Spring Moon Festival Carnival

Commissioner Lin at the Hot Spring Moon Festival CarnivalWith guidance from the Department of Economic Development (DOED), the Taipei City Mount Shamao Hot Spring Development Association organized the 2020 Mount Shamao Conservation and Family Fun Moon Festival Carnival on September 27.
During his address at the event, Economic Development Commissioner Lin Chung-chieh pointed out that the hot spring resorts along Xingyi Road are collectively known as Taipei’s “back mountain” hot springs. Through the efforts of the association, the area serves as an ideal destination for hiking, scenic viewing, and environmental education for visitors, in addition to providing them with quality hot springs. It is often regarded as a great place to take the entire family for a short trip.
The hot spring cluster along Xingyi Road enjoyed a rich and long history. During the Japanese Colonial Period, the area is well-known for producing sulfur and houses several mining sites. The district also boasts resources such as white sulfur springs, Blue sulfur springs, cold springs, and geothermal heat.
With the approach of the Moon Festival and the weather turning cold, this is a good time for a day trip to the hot springs. Thanks to the effort of local businesses, it is not hard to combine an escapade with the great outdoor with a satisfying and health soak at a hot spring – all within a day. 
Lin remarked that the proclamation of the Hot Spring Act in July of 2003 helped local hot spring businesses become legal establishments under the city government’s assistance. In 2004, the city government announced new urban development plans for the vicinity, officially changing the protected area status along Xingyi Road to dedicated area for the hot spring industry.
Under the guidance of DOED, local businesses worked toward highlighting the characteristics of the hot spring area by introducing elements such as running water, rocks, mist, bonsai, and illumination. The combined efforts help create a destination that adds to the diversity of Taipei’s hot spring culture.