Photos by MJ Klein
Hui-chen and I took a little sight-seeing trip to Wulai after our return from China recently. If you haven’t been there in awhile, you should take a visit and see for yourself, what a lovely place Wulai really is.
Ideally, one would park their car in the main lot and walk up into and through the downtown area. Like many recently renovated downtown areas in Taiwan small towns, Wulai is dedicated to tourists. Although I normally do not like this kind of area, for some reason Wulai is able to pull it off with some grace. If you are a “foreigner” however, you can expect the usual pandering from the vendors, so just take it in stride. There are plenty to choose from!
Along the route to the downtown you will find various hot springs resorts. We’ve never stayed in one of these places in the downtown area (nearby though) but from the street they looked pretty good and the prices are competitive. You just have to deal with the stupid way people hard sell in Asia.
Check out the varieties of food available from street vendors:
There are varieties of “mountain pig” pretty much everywhere. Even mountain goat. The smells wafting about are great.
Hui-chen went shopping for shoes. She got a couple pair of really cute ones. The Indian boss spoke Chinese very well.
Walking through the throngs of visitors and vendors is well worth the scenic beauty of Wulai. But there is a lot more to this lovely place and we’ll cover that in Part II!