Wulai Village is an hour’s ride from Taipei on winding roads or take the MRT from Xindian Station. It is the only aboriginal town in New Taipei City, and home of Atayal tribe people, one of Taiwan’s 14 aboriginal tribes. Surrounded on all sides by mountains, tourist attractions include: streams, soaking in one of the hot springs, waterfalls, cable cars, motorized rail pushcarts, indigenous singing and dancing, and unending food.
The name Wulai derives from the Atayal phrase “boiling water” which refers to the hot springs and legend says Wulai was the tribe’s traditional hunting ground. Tourists usually begin sightseeing in one of two villages at either end and separated by a few miles; the village closet to the waterfall or Wulai Old Street. Both compact towns are easily covered on foot. A map is posted next to the bus stop, with all tourist destinations clearly marked in English.