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.
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Wulai is located in the ancient land of the 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.
Hot springs (their water is potable) have served as a driver of the local economy – the village has turned into a 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 is one of the main landmarks in this area. Fall has formed on a small tributary of the deep Nanshi (Nanshih) River Canyon. The waterfall is approximately 80 m tall and a few meters wide. In the upper part has formed a free plunge, but further down water slides down along an 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.
Most interesting landmarks of this tropical island are the diverse hot springs and old-growth forest with giant trees of exotic local species.
Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.
Any other continent (and part of the world) seems small if compared to Asia. This refers also to natural and man-made heritage: in Asia are not just thousands of great landmarks, there are found landmarks created by thousands of diverse cultures from ancient Phoenicians to the mysterious small people in the Philippines and eastern islands of Indonesia.
Taiwan is one of the most crowded countries on Earth but beyond the ocean of people and vehicles, far from the neon and noise that confronts new arrivals, there’s an island of breathtaking mountain vistas, bird-rich forest, and quaint villages where folk religion thrives.
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