Wulai was without a doubt my favorite part of Taiwan. Sure I only had a long weekend to explore but everything I loved about Taipei was in this quaint mountain town’s market too. But the real attraction of Wulai isn’t the night market you can find in the capitol, its the lush natural surroundings & friendly locals.
Directions to Wulai
849 bus from Xindian station (end of the green line.)
Bus fare – $15 NTD ($.50US)
Taxi fare – $600 NTD ($20US)
Upon first arriving in Wulai its impossible to miss the stunning bridges criss-crossing across the river augmented by the Wulai Waterfall. A column of water 80 meters high plummets to the river (making it Taiwan’s largest waterfall) just across from the natural hot springs where you’ll find locals inviting you to join them for an afternoon soak.
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Even if you only have a half day in Taipei make sure you get to the Longshan Temple! Its a stunning Buddhist temple with regular visitors and local parishoners. Founded in 1738 as a haven for Chinese immigrants from Fujian the settlers built Longshan in honor of Kuan-in the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
How to get to Longshan Temple
MRT Station: Longshan Station
Hours: 6am to 10pm
Longshan (alternately spelled Lungshan) was erected in the Manka district of Taipei. It was dedicated after the Lungshan temple in their home town and aptly named for the root temple.
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A weekend is just enough to get a taste of Taiwan and realize you want to go back again before you’ve even left. Taipei has an excellent public transit system, free wifi and lots of cultural & crazy experiences. Here’s a quick preview of Ronda and my trip as we met my college buddy Andrew (who flew in from Japan with a few other friends).
If there’s one thing that Taiwan is known for its certainly the diversity of its night markets. We stopped by at least 3 different markets and although some were “the biggest” or “best” according to a guidebook we found them all to be wonderful. They sported an assortment of sights and smells including the infamous “stinky tofu” and all the parts of animals that you may not have wanted to sample. I highly recommend just about anything on a stick and if you can handle the smell, stinky tofu is a delicacy!
Night markets are easy to find and almost every subway station has *insert Taiwanese name here* Market listed on the exit signs. We always felt safe but I advise anyone going to a public place like these market be careful with your valuables!
Wulai is a mountain village boasting the largest waterfall in Taiwan, an abundance of natural hot springs and the opportunity for a jungle adventure. Luckily its only a 45 minute bus ride from Xiandan station at the end of the Green Subway line. You can take a taxi for about $600NTD ($20USD) or ride the bus like we did for $15 NTD ($.50 USD). Once there I recommend taking the cable car over the river to see the waterfall. It was stunning and I can’t wait to share more; enjoy these photos for now. Continue reading
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No, I didn’t suddenly teleport to Taiwan, although that would be pretty awesome if I figured out how to!
Wait. Hold up. Let me try something!
Well, you guessed it, I’m still in Korea. Apparently the untranslatable Korean on my washing machine doesn’t really mean “wormhole.”
Well anyway, I stumbled across this trip around Taiwan. Thomas Di Fonzo decided to tour Taiwan on an 11 day bike trip covering roughly 800 miles around the island of Taiwan. It sounds like a fantastic adventure and just might be how I explore Taiwan (especially if I haven’t gotten my teleportation skills perfected).
I’ll probably pack a little heavier than him and definitely bring my DSLR. Gonna have to work on my biking endurance if I wanna churn out 80 miles a day too. I hope you enjoy his travel report as much as I did!
Have you ever done a bike excursion? How did it compare to seeing an area on foot?
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