Wulai District

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Wulai District
烏來區
District
Wulai Vigor Village.jpg
Wulai District in New Taipei City
Wulai District in New Taipei City
Country  Republic of China
Municipality New Taipei City
Boroughs
Government
 • Type District government
 • District chief Kao Fu-kuang[1] (Ind.)

Wulai District (Chinese: 烏來區; pinyin: Wūlái Qū; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: U-lâi-khu) is a rural district in southern New Taipei City in northern Republic of China (Taiwan). It sits near the border with Taipei and is famous for its hot springs. It is the largest district in New Taipei, as well as the most mountainous, and was formerly classified as "Savage Land" under Taihoku Prefecture during Japanese rule.

Name[edit]

The name of the town derives from the Atayal phrase kilux ulay meaning "hot and poisonous".

Geography[edit]

  • Elevation: 250 meters (820 ft) (average)
  • Area: 321.13 square kilometers (123.99 sq mi)
  • Population: 6,040 People (January 2014)

Administrative divisions[edit]

Zhongzhi Village, Wulai Village, Xiaoyi Village, Xinxian Village and Fushan Village.[2]

Attractions[edit]

Wulai is a tourist town most renowned for its hot springs, sightseeing, and aboriginal culture. Other activities include hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and birdwatching. During the spring, visitors come see the cherry trees bloom. According to locals, bathing in the odorless hot springs can cure skin diseases (such as ringworm, eczema, and herpes).

  • Wulai hot springs - visitors often go to the numerous hot spring hotels, public baths, as well as the Wulai river.
  • Wulai Atayal Museum
  • Waterfalls - Several waterfalls exist in the Wulai gorge, but the largest is Wulai Waterfall.
  • Wulai Gondola - the gondola takes visitors to the top of Wulai Falls, where it accesses a hotel, conference center, and the Yunxian playground.
  • Yun Hsien Resort - a nature park with gardens, paddle boats, natural trails, and natural obstacle courses, accessible by the Gondola.
  • Atayal aboriginal culture - many shops in Wulai specialize in aboriginal foods, arts, crafts, and clothing.
  • Wulai Tram Museum

Transportation[edit]

Wulai District is accessible by Xindian Bus from Xindian Station of Taipei Metro to Wulai Bus Terminus.[3]

The district also has the Wulai Scenic Train, a converted mine train built during the Japanese era that takes visitors from downtown Wulai to the attractions at the base of Wulai Waterfall.

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Coordinates: 24°52′N 121°33′E / 24.867°N 121.550°E / 24.867; 121.550