Wulai District in New Taipei City
|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Municipality||New Taipei City|
|• Type||District government|
|• District chief||Kao Fu-kuang (Ind.)|
Wulai District (Atayal: Ulay; Chinese: 烏來區; pinyin: Wūlái Qū; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: U-lai-khu) is a mountain indigenous district in southern New Taipei City in northern 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 is home to the indigenous Atayal people.
Formerly classified as "Aboriginal Area" under Taihoku Prefecture during Japanese rule. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China in 1945, Wulai was organized as a rural township of Taipei County. On 25 December 2010, Taipei County was upgraded to a special municipality named New Taipei City and Wulai was upgraded into a district.
In August 2015, Wulai was devastated by Typhoon Soudelor, wiping out several hotels and destroying hot springs in the region. Course of the Nanshi River that passes through the district has changed and the riverbank was eroded heavily by surging water. Heavy landslides were attributed to the overdevelopment of the mountain areas around the river which damaged the soil and watershed along the slope lands.
- Elevation: 250 meters (820 ft) (average)
- Area: 321.13 square kilometers (123.99 sq mi)
- Population: 6,165 People (December 2014)
Zhongzhi, Wulai, Xiaoyi, Xinxian and Fushan Village.
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).
- Fushan Botanical Garden
- Neidong National Forest Recreation Area
- Wulai Atayal Museum
- Wulai Forestry Life Museum
- Wulai Old Street
- Yun Hsien Resort
- Wulai Hot Spring – visitors often go to the numerous hot spring hotels, public baths, as well as the Nanshi River.
- 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 Waterfall, where it accesses the Yun Hsien Resort.
- Atayal aboriginal culture – many shops in Wulai specialize in aboriginal foods, arts, crafts, and clothing.
- Tony Coolidge (1970-), Atayal-American filmmaker
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