Wulai, Taipei New City Sightseeing

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Today was our first outing of the New Year vacation week. With the weather being overcast and drizzly, we decided to make a trek to the hot spring mountain town of Wulai. It’s gorgeous!

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This the real color of the water as minerals from the volcanic hot springs mix with the clear mountain stream water. It’s an easy place to reach from MRT Xindian station via an hour bus ride on bus 849. During this busy time of the year the small downtown is packed with street vendors with local products and snacks. Sticky rice cake, corn, roasted pork, fragrant rice wine, shrimp, fish, etc.

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20130211-215550.jpg It’s really bustling this time of year and most weekends, so if you can visit on a week day.

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20130211-215647.jpg Passing through the downtown (about a 5 minute walk), cross the bridge and head left along the road to relax by the river. This is where we ate our picnic lunch.

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Besides soaking in hot spring hotels, the must see here is the waterfall. I was hoping to take the nice wooden tram up to it, but it is currently out of commission, with no signs of reopening soon. Up until last spring you could be riding along this little, happy tram.

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Although there is no tram ride, the 1.6km easy walk up a paved road is a gorgeous stroll through lush forest along the river.

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20130211-220229.jpg Look for signs of the local aboriginal legacy and sneak a shot of the town down river.
Upon approach to the waterfall, you’ll see the large gondola ride passing over the river.

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The drizzling weather we had added to the mystical feeling of the place, but we opted to come back in fairer weather to ride the gondola. This time of year is the best for the contrast of spring cherry blossoms.

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20130211-231541.jpg It’s also a great time of year to see beautiful ladies by the waterfall, he, he!

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Back into the little town we took a coffee and hot chocolate break (every place I’ve had hot chocolate in Taiwan has been perfect) overlooking the river town scene.

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Next trip we will plan to come and spend a night during a quieter spring time to enjoy the mountain ambiance. Come join us!

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