Wulai Hot Springs

Wulai is the home of Atayal tribespeople, and here you can observe their traditional dances and rituals; if you're interested, you can join in the dancing yourself. You can also enjoy the sight of a gushing waterfall amidst the lush green landscape, or take an exciting cable-car ride across the gorge. Wulai is surrounded on all sides by mountains, a place of beauty and powerful tourist attractions including streams, hot springs, waterfalls, cherry blossoms and red maple leaves, birds and butterflies, a cable car, Yunxian Park, motorized rail pushcarts, and aborigine singing and dancing.

Its culinary delights include game animals, river fish and shrimp, millet cakes, bamboo rice, pepper chicken soup, millet wine, and entire theme banquets. In addition, Wulai exhibits a different atmosphere in each season of the year. In the springtime mountain cherry blossoms fill the hillsides, especially in the months of March and April.

Summer is the time for playing in the water, camping, picnicking, barbecuing, and generally escaping the torrid heat. Autumn is the time for seeing the leaves of plants in the area turn red and yellow, and winter is the perfect season for relaxing and soaking away your ailments in healthful hot-spring mineral water.

No visit to Wulai, in fact, is complete without a hot-spring bath. The mineral spring water here comes in two types, carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, both of which are believed to be good for treating gastric ailments and beautifying the skin. You can go to a commercially operated resort or bathing pool; or, if you want to save money, you can go to a public pool on the bank of the Nanshi River and enjoy the pleasure of open-air bathing. When you visit Wulai, you have three routes to choose from.

One takes you to the Wulai Scenic Area, where you can view the waterfall and take the cable car across the gorge to Yunxian Park. The second covers the Neidong Forest Recreation Area, where you can savor the beauties of nature and bask in a "green shower." The third follows the Tonghou River for seven or eight kilometers; here, especially in the winter time, mid-elevation birds proliferate. November and December are best for viewing these birds, and bird-watchers with limited time to spend will find this their ideal choice of location.