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Wulai Part 3 - Wulai Falls

After a thorough soaking in the Wulai outdoor hot springs, Linh and I refuelled at the local 7-11 before deciding to walk up to Wulai Falls next. The distance ended up being further than we realised at around a kilometre and a half and the weather took a turn for the worse, pouring buckets that gave us a second, albeit unplanned, soaking.

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Lover's Trail and the Mini Train

The slightly elevating lane we walked up, called "Lovers's Trail", had an understandable name, taking walkers alongside the picturesque river and hills but to us, it just felt like a wet, uphill struggle.

Wulai-Falls-Linh

It was only with the falls in sight that we saw the mini rail train making its journey back down to Wulai Village. The train wagons were tiny though large enough to transport a small group of passengers, as it was originally built to transport raw materials from the site.

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We also saw the train timetable and having arrived at the falls at 4.30pm and realising that the last train would leave at 5pm, resigned ourselves to trekking back down again later. Anyway, we consoled ourselves that at least with the heavy rain, the waterfall would be flowing well.

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Wulai Falls

The Wulai Falls stands at a height of eighty metres with a width of around ten metres. We could easily see the top of it, and since there is nothing else immediately above, it looks as if the water is just pouring out of the sky (with a little imagination).

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Wulai-Falls-Base

Over and above the falls however is a cable car system that links the top with the surrounding Aborigine Culture Village at the bottom which we found ourselves walking within, passing rows of shops that were beginning to close.

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The cable cars provided the only access to the source of Wulai Falls and to a resort that came complete with a hotel and amusement park, called Dreamland.

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The cable car cost NT$220 (£4) for a return trip and since we had around three hours before it closed, we decided to go up. The cost seemed a little expensive but at least the view from the top was worth it.

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In our video below, you can check out the Wulai Falls, catch some views from the cable car and see the source of the falls on the plateau.



Read more in Wulai Part 4 - The Deserted Wulai Dreamland Amusement Park

More photos of Wulai Falls on Flickr


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