Wulai is a famous mountain village in Taiwan. Residents are most aboriginal people (Tai Ya Tribe). There are high mountains along the intersection of Nanshi Creek and Tunho Creek. The high mountains and running rivers form beautiful scenery. The place is famous for hot springs, trail train, waterfalls and Yushian Amusement Park. It is said that Wulai is a term used by Tai Ya Tribe, it means hot spring. The quality of hot springs is carbonic acid springs with minor base. The hot springs are clear, transparent, colorless, and odorless. The famous Wulai Waterfall is about 80 meters high. It is magnificent like a white silk cloth coming down from the sky. In addition, the sightseeing trail train is part of the uniqueness of Wulai. Trail train used to be for transportation of lumber but now it is for tourists pleasure. The aboriginal culture center across Wulai Waterfall is a remodeled museum of aboriginal folk art. It introduces the aboriginal culture, customs and habits of Tai Ya Tribe and demonstrates the historical artifacts. The highlight of the visit to the center is the singing and dancing show of aboriginal people. One visiting Wulai would feel like entering into Shangri-La.
Beautiful scenery, beautiful waterfalls. And the best part... Zero crowds! There are 2 water falls. The first one is rather cool but the second one is a 3-tier waterfall. It takes about an hour's stroll to get there. It is located at NeiDong Reecreation Area. The latter is my favourite as you can get really close to it to soak in all the Anions showered down by the falls.
After the whole thing, you can end your trip in a very soothing way by soaking your tired feet in the Hot spring river(Its free!).
Wulai is a good place to taste village food (remember to try the chicken), admire its waterfalls and buy local products like peach wine, plums etc from Wulai street. There are many hot spring resorts here and its scenery is one of the best in Taipei. You can try the free open-air hot spring on the bank of Nanshih Creek as shown in the photo. Try taking the mini-train ride too. You need to take a cable car to catch a close-up view of the Wulai Falls and to go to the Yunhsien Amusement Park.
Wu Lai was once a mine, and the mine train remains there. It is now become a tourist train, and the fare of the train is around 2$us and it will take around 10 mins. I think the trip is worthy as you can glance the scenic view of Wu Lai in the trip.
Wu Lai is one of the popular hot spring in Taiwan, many people enjoy the hot spring in a free way. As you can see in the picture, the hot spring goes into the river and people just bath there. If you prefer more privacy, you can paid at any guest house nearby and have private hot spring bath there.
First the good things about Wulai: A spectacular waterfall, nice mountain scenery, and many hot spring resorts in the area.
Now the bad: This place is on the main tourist circuit, so you can expect all the typical tourist trappings. Also, Wullai is too close to Taipei for comfort. This means that on the weekends, every bus, taxi, car, scooter are heading in this direction. If you have a free week day, this is a nice place, otherwise I would avoid trying to come here....
Great place for hiking. Air is really fresh up here. The entrance fee is around NT$80 but if you go there before 8 am, you can get in for free.