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Wulai

Our first day trip is Wulai (烏來), famous for its hot springs year round and cherry blossoms in the Spring. The hot springs are colorless and odorless, mildly acidic with a pH of about 6.9, and supposedly good for the skin. It is the home of the Atayal tribe, former head-hunters but currently about 70% are Christians. Thank God for missionaries!

The place has several delicacies, notably wild boar skewers or sausages. A former railway for transporting raw materials during the Japanese occupation has been converted to tourist trams, taking people to the waterfall and hot springs.

Just to compare DIY to packaged tours, for the former you can take a bus from the Xindian MRT station, and walk through the old street all the way to the waterfall. The cost? About NT$100 (C$250) for a return trip. The alternative is to pay NT$1,200 (C$48) for air-conditioned tour buses, which includes taking you to the Neidong Forest Amusement Park, suspension bridge and cable car (rides extra) as well. Take your pick.

Wulai, the famous hot springs district south of New Taipei City

Wulai, the famous hot springs district south of New Taipei City

Amaya Tribal Museum. Atayal is the second largest tribe or aboriginal people in Taiwan, after Ami tribe.

Atayal Tribal Museum. Atayal is the second largest tribe or aboriginal people in Taiwan, after Ami tribe.

The Atayal used to be head-hunters.

The Atayal used to be head-hunters.

We lined up half an hour to try the famous Jacob Wild Boar sausage. Very fattening but tasty.

We lined up half an hour to try the famous Jacob Wild Boar sausage. Very fattening but tasty.

Being carried on the back now replaced by little trains, used to be mining carts.

Being carried on the back now replaced by little trains, used to be mining carts.

Pausing for breath half way up the hill.

Pausing for breath half way up the hill.

Walking up to the waterfall as little trains whizzed by.

Walking up to the waterfall as little trains whizzed by.

In front of Wulai train tunnel

In front of Wulai train tunnel

The 80 m high Wulai Waterfall. Volume substantially reduced by the drought.

The 80 m high Wulai Waterfall. Volume substantially reduced by the drought.

View of Wulai Village from train station

View of Wulai Village from train station

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