Escape the hustle and bustle of Taipei by taking a trip to Wulai Aboriginal Village. Wulai is a small town in Taipei County, Taiwan, famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture ... More info ›
Escape the hustle and bustle of Taipei by taking a trip to Wulai Aboriginal Village. Wulai is a small town in Taipei County, Taiwan, famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture. The name of the town derives from the Atayal phrase kirofu ulai meaning "hot and poisonous". Don't let this scare you away from this lovely town! This rural village may be small, but its colorful aboriginal culture, beautiful rolling mountains, hot springs and exotic cuisine make it a fairy-tale location.
Get picked up your guide at your Taipei hotel and take a short scenic drive to Wulai, a township bounded by two streams and Taiwan’s mountains. This compact little town is easily covered on foot. Wander through the open air market on Wulai Old Street, a rowdy alley filled with shops selling food such as mountain-boar meat, hot-spring eggs and millet wine – food that the area’s aboriginal Atayal people are used to eating. Shops selling the Atayal’s famous string-woven handicrafts, costumes and wooden items also line the streets; later you will be given some free time to wander around some more, take pictures and do a bit of souvenir shopping.
From there, you will head to the Wulai Log Cart, the cart will take you on winding antiquated tracks through forests and up a hill to the Wulai waterfall. At the top is the magnificent Wulai Falls, which stand at a height of 80m. The towering waterfall sits on a sacred site formerly venerated by the Atayal people. After some photo opportunities, you will visit the nearby Atayal Museum where your private guide will give you some history and explanation behind the language, cuisine, architecture and handcrafts. Before departing the museum, you will be given the chance an Aboriginal dance performance. The dancers, clad in traditional apparel and headgear, put up a show which consists of traditional dance numbers and a re-enactment of a traditional wedding ceremony.
You will make your way back to Wulai Old Street, where you will sit down to some lunch with your tour guide and some locals. Here you can get the chance to try some of the aboriginal cuisine, like fried bees and fermented pork. After lunch we will continue your tour towards the hot springs.
Sit back and relax with the locals in Wulai’s public hot springs while taking in the gorgeous river, mountains and dense green jungle. Some of our guests prefer not to enter the hot springs or just dangle their feet inside, anything is fine. If you're feeling brave you can cool off from the hot spring water by taking a plunge in the ice cold river.The springs at Wulai are clear and odorless. Locals believe that bathing in the water can cure skin diseases. (Don't forget to take a bathing suit and towel, if you intend tom use the hot springs)
After your dip in the hot springs, you will be given free time to wander about and perhaps try more food or buy a few souvenirs before heading back to your Taipei hotel for 4.30pm.