From the spellbinding scenes of nature which welcomed us from the bus ride to the arrival to the glimpse of this petite little town bustling with the local scenes of everyday life among the town's long time dwellers.
Take a stroll through the town and enjoy the scenic view beckoning out from every part of the town; the town is easily explored on foot and there is no need for any transportation to get around this little town, which is just filled with interesting sights from the shops and stalls selling food in a marketplace on the Wulai Old Street.
Walk through the street in the compact town of Wulai, past the excited traders yelling out in courting tones to draw you to their products or shop and maybe along the way, fall to their sweet words and give in to a snack or two as you head to explore the rest of Wulai's treasures.
(You will pass by the town again as you head back out to catch your bus home anyway).
After the short stroll through the Old Street of Wulai, one should head to the famous waterfall of Wulai which is one of the main attraction here. One would definitely have heard of the mention (or many mentions) of this natural landmark the minute you descend from the bus as the overly helpful taxi drivers lurking at the bus station approaches you with the offer to bring you to the waterfall by claiming that it is too far to reach there on foot.
It is hardly true, as it is a pleasant journey from the bus stop through the town and to the waterfall.
One can even walk all the way to reach the waterfall, passing by the marketplace on the Old Street of Wulai, and the Lovers Bridge and take a short hike towards the location.
One can still pass by this bridge on the way down, if you were to walk down heading towards the town after the visit to the waterfall.
Alternatively, there is an adorable old-fashioned little train which could transport you on a short 5-10 minutes ride to the waterfalls for only NT$50 per trip, and is indeed a great experience.
A glimpse of the waterfall (or 'pu pu', as they call it in Chinese) from afar, as the train approaches the station at the top.
The slight elevation on where the waterfall is located provides a cooler temperature, though not to a freezing level and is just pleasant enough for one to enjoy a stroll and the view of the waterfall and the nature.
A row of shophouses line the streets but it was generally a rather quiet street leading to the waterfall with the area being more of a residential area (and street).
Locals dressed in the aboriginal costumes, perhaps for the cultural shows and performances available, or simply, as a way of promoting the Atayal's culture?
Stay tune for the next post, dedicated to the waterfall of Wulai...