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Wulai Waterfall

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 24.8476 N 121.5521 E
No:479        (list of all attractions)
Category:Waterfalls
Values:Geology, Visual
Rank:5
Address:Asia, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Wulai District, approximately 15 km south from the city
Name in Chinese:烏來瀑布
Height:˜ 80 m
Width:narrow
Wulai waterfall, Taiwan
Wulai waterfall / soeperbaby, / CC BY 2.0

This waterfall by far is not the tallest nor the most beautiful in Taiwan, but nevertheless the gorgeous Wulai Waterfall and scenery around it illustrate the impressive wilderness near the metropolis of Taibei.

Wulai Falls and aerial tram, Taiwan
Wulai Falls and aerial tram / Ken Marshall, / CC BY 2.0

Legend

Wulai is located in the ancient land of Atayal people. According to a local legend they were hunting nearby and spotted a mist rising from this valley. As they approached the site, one hunter noticed the hot, bubbling water and exclaimed: "Watch out - steaming hot water!" (ulai kirofu). Since then this location is called Wulai.

Tourist town

Hot springs (their water is potable) have served as a drive of local economy - the village has turned into health resort with spas, restaurants and shops. This area is located in the protection belt for the water supply of Greater Taipei and due to this the forest here can not be turned into agricultural land. The exotic Wulai forests, waterfalls and hot springs can easily be reached from Taipei with a bus.

Waterfall

Waterfall is one of the main landmarks in this area. Fall has formed on a small tributary of the deep Nanshi (Nanshih) River Canyon. Waterfall is approximately 80 m tall and few metres wide. In the upper part has formed a free plunge, but further down water slides down along almost vertical cliff.

Especially impressive this waterfall is after heavy rains. In this area are found numerous waterfalls, such as Ah-yui, Hsin-Hsian, Wu-Chong, Wusha and other falls.

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