Twenty minutes from downtown, Beitou offers mountains, fresh air, hot springs and a taste of Japan. Among its many attractions, the Japanese-era Beitou Hot Spring Museum is definitely worth a visit. Likewise, Hell's Valley, the steaming cauldron of sulphurous water that gave Beitou its name, is recommended. A dip in a hot spring is a great way to end the day, and choices range from the ultra-chic Villa 32 to public hot springs, very nice for the price. Bring along a bathing suit, swim hat and towel.