Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a day in wulai (烏來鄉) with video!

wulai township (烏來鄉) just outside of taipei is a popular weekend getaway. it's famous for its hot springs, atayal aboriginal culture, great hiking, swimming, fishing and birdwatching opportunities and gorgeous mountain scenery... a few shots from a 1/2 day trip from two weeks ago.



entrance to main street through wulai bridge



shops, restaurants and food vendors are a plenty



restaurant serving atayal cuisine



these are actually water pipes pumping thermal water to mountainside resorts



wulai hot springs produce weakly alkaline carbonic acid water at temperatures of 55 to 80 degrees celsius







the odorless hot springs are supposed to cure skin diseases







some breathtaking views are to be had from the gondola over the falls



wulai falls



wulai gorge (taken with the camera phone)











the visitor center has all the information you need






and finally the videos (don't accept high quality, these were taken with a samsung omnia II cellphone and seem to be further compressed by blogger.com)



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the visitor information center by wulai falls



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checking out the sights...



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some of the nearby mountains reach 5-600 m



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this converted mine train built during the japanese era takes visitors from downtown wulai to wulai falls

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