Wulai Waterfall is the highest waterfall in northern Taiwan. Here you can find a street with snacks and restaurants, and a gondola that leads to a second tier of the waterfall and an amusement park. In addition there are hikes, wildlife, and endless mountain scenery to explore.
Wulai was originally an Atayal aborigine village, its name meaning hot and poisonous. There has always been natural hot springs in Wulai, but much of that water has been channeled into hotels and public bathhouses. The free hot springs stood at the bottom of the hill next to the river, and was a collection of used hot spring water from the hotels and paid hot springs above. In its prime, it boasted the largest free outdoor hot springs in Taiwan. Recently the District of Wulai in New Taipei has become a major tourist attraction, partly because of its close proximity to Taipei. It has museums, waterfalls, a gondola, a train, an old street night market, and most of all hot springs. The main delicacies on the old street are Taiwan ingenuous foods such as wild boar meat and rice steamed in bamboo.
Wulai waterfall is 80 meters high, making it the highest waterfall in northern Taiwan. It's highest point sits at 230 meters above sea level, and drops to 150 meters above sea level. The waterfall is also about 10 meters wide.
Yunceng Amusement Park began construction in 1960 and was completed in 1970. It includes a gondola, hotel, swimming pool, canoe pond, and other activities. Originally it had a roller coaster, pirate ship, and other rides, but these have all been taken down.
Cable Car and Yun Hsien Amusement Park Entrance: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Cable Car and Yun Hsien Amusement Park Entrance: 220 NT per person
Wilde Boar meat, hot spring eggs, rice steamed in bamboo, among others.
How to get there：
By Bus: From central Taipei, take bus 849 to Wulai Waterfall. The trips takes about an hour and a half.
By Car: From Taipei, take provincial highway 9甲 to Wulai. There is a large paid parking garage in front of the old street. You may also be able to find free parking further up the road closer to the waterfall but car parking is very limited.
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I have been to Wulai Waterfall twice. I have not yet been up to Yun Hsien Amusement Park （雲仙樂園) but I want to. It is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Taiwan and I definitely recommend visiting.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
From Wulai Old Street, you can walk across Lansheng Bridge and up the steps to the Wulai Trolley.
The trolley ride is 50 NT per person one way, and is faster than walking. Also parking at the waterfall is limited.
Steps up to the train.
The train follows the river up to the waterfall, and is about 1 KM long.
People waiting to board the train.
Map of the area.
Train station at the other side of the track.
The trin makes a U-turn inside this tunnel which used to be a coal mine.
More views around the train station.
Visitor's Center 游客中心
At the bottom of the waterfall is a visitor's center at which you can learn some more interesting things about the area. More photos in the gallery above.
Here there are many shops, and this place is kind of reminiscent of Jiufen.
View of the main street in front of the waterfall.
View of the waterfall from the viewing area on the main street.
More views of shops on the main street above.
It was a hot day, so we decided to check out the local bing place.
Had some delicous red bean ice.
More delcious ice.
Steps up to the gondola.
View of the gondola that goes over the waterfall.
At a building up the mountain, you can buy tickets and go visit the amusement park via gondola. The gondola and park entrance are included in the 220 NT ticket.
Map of the area.
View of the gondola going over the waterfall.
More photos of the gondola above.
For our full blog on Wulai old street, click here.
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