Xiao Wulai Scenic Area (小烏來風景特定區)
The four trails in the park are distinctive: Deep Breath Trail, Energy Trail, Riverside Green Trail, and Water Ditch Ancient Trail. Visitors can take a refreshing walk in the green forest and immerse themselves in the phytoncide.
When you drive to Xiao Wulai Scenic Spot's entrance, you will first see the towering “Panoramic Lookout.” Visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Xiao Wulai Waterfall as well as the expansive view of the surroundings. Starting from this lookout, you can walk downward to reach “Energy Trail,” which links to the bottom of Xiao Wulai Waterfall. You can see primeval greenness and magnificent valleys along the way. When the red Changhong Bridge appears in front of you, it means that Xiao Wulai Waterfall is not far away. Shortly after passing along the bridge, you will reach the famous Xiao Wulai Waterfall. Here, you can bask yourself in splashing water and negative ions.
In the scenic area, if you want to visit all the attractions that can test your courage in one attempt, you must go to “Riverside Green Trail.” This trail is right next to Yunei River in Xiao Wulai. The entire trail was, in fact, built along the river. Along the way, you will hear the murmuring water and feel the cool breeze coming from the valley nearby, making the walk especially refreshing. Also, apart from the riverside scenery, this smooth and accessible trail connects the famous attraction spots in the scenic area: “Wind-Rolling Stone” and “Skywalk.” Although the stone fell off due to a typhoon, it was not washed away by the water. This gigantic stone still attracts many eyes today. The well-known “Skywalk” is right above Xiao Wulai Waterfall and stretches toward the source of the waterfall with a tempered glass transparent deck that stands 70 meters above the bottom of the waterfall. You can clearly see the cascading waterfall under your feet. While it tests your courage, it also fulfills your dream of walking on a cloud.
If you want to advance to an upgraded version of the Skywalk, you must go along the Riverside Green Trail to experience the astonishing Sky Rope Bridge. The 70-meter-long bridge spans the 100-meter-deep valley. This exciting bravery test will give you an unforgettable experience. Also, if you walk along this trail, you will reach the Yunei water area, where visitors can cool down in the hot summer by putting their bare feet in the water.
Returning to the Skywalk plaza, you can enter the “Deep Breath Trail” via the entrance next to the public restrooms. The trail ascends slowly along the steps. Here, you will be surrounded by the mountain forest. Also, connecting the Xiao Wulai Skywalk and Yixing Suspension Bridge, “Water Ditch Ancient Trail” is 1.8 kilometers long. It was built by the locals in the early days to lead the water of Longfeng Falls to the water ditch route used for irrigating the Luofu fluvial terrace.
The Skywalk is designed with minimalism using a lineal arrangement, while the bottom is made of tempered glass. The 11-meter-long transparent sky corridor stretches to the source of Xiao Wulai Waterfall. You only need to stand on the glass platform 70 meters above the bottom of the waterfall to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Xiao Wulai Valley from above, as well as the magnificent waterfall.
Sky Rope Bridge
The Sky Rope Bridge spans 70 meters and is 50 meters above ground; it is one of the longest rope bridges in Taiwan. Its special structure makes it capable of holding 120 tons. Differing from ordinary suspension bridges which use main cables to hang, the rope bridge has its deck bottom fastened to steel cables, making it look as if it is floating in the air. Because of this, walking on this bridge is extra exciting.
The visually boundless 360-degree sky-high panoramic lookout allows visitors to view Xiao Wulai Waterfall, Luofu Fluvial Terrace, the meandering landform of Dahan River, and the Luofu’s double bridges. This is a perfect place for enjoying the geological landscape of Xiao Wulai and the sky in the night. With the telescopes at the lookout, you can observe the geological stratification, structure, and the details of the waterfall. It is a suitable place in Xiao Wulai for environmental education.
Yixing Suspension Bridge
Built in 1966, it is the only pipe bridge in Taoyuan. The bridge is 200 meters long, and 70 meters above the riverbed of Dahan river (approximately 15 floors). It was once a shooting spot for the rainbow bridge in the movie Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. When walking on the bridge, you will feel a refreshing breeze and see the magnificent view of the Dahan Valley on both sides. With the blue sky, white clouds, and green river, walking on the bridge is a soothing and relaxing experience.
Water Ditch Ancient Trail
The Water Ditch Ancient Trail has witnessed how the locals in the past drank the water and irrigated the fields as well as how they farmed on the terraces, giving an important account of history.
The Wind-Rolling Stone is also called “Ghost Stone” or “Balancing Stone.” However, in July 2013, the Wind-Rolling Stone could not withstand the 13-degree Typhoon Soulik and fell onto the stream bed. Yet, this giant stone still attracts many eyes.
adult NT$50; concession NT$30; group NT$40 (group of no less than 40)
- Viewing Deck
- Bus Station
- Parking Lot
- Hiking Trail
1. Reservations must be made online. The maximum number of visitors allowed a day is 3,600. Please make your reservation for Xiao Wulai Skywalk 2 to 30 days in advance.
2. Opening hours: 08:00~12:00, 13:00~17:00, one batch per 30 minutes. Between 12:00 ~ 13:00, the facilities are scheduled for cleaning and preparations and will not be open.
A beautiful place with a few waterfallsThis is a lovely place for those who love jungle, and waterfalls. You could see the rainbow formed by the mist of the waterfall.
Nice scenery, great viewThere really isn't much things to do in Taoyuan, so I would recommend coming here to take a walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city areas. There are hiking trails around here if you're feeling adventurous as well, the roads are not paved though, most of the people went for the general trail, and we did that as well, but we saw paths leading upwards to the top of the hill, so you can give it a try if you're into hiking. There's the Sky Walk to take a look while standing on top of glasses, and you can look out underneath you. Be warned though that you can clearly feel the tremor of the whole bridge shaking when people are walking, and the bridge is quite short, it's quite instagram-mable but aside from that most of the people didn't stay for longer than 10 minutes as it's just shortly extended from the edge. After you took a roundabout walk around the general trail, there is a store that is just at the entrance that sells iced mango shake drink, it's a must try as it's quite famous around there, so remember to stop for 1 after your walk around here!
Beautiful waterfallsGreat experience walking on the bridge of Sky Walk in Xiaowulai, it can have a better feel on top of the waterfall. Short trekking on the mountain while walking back to entrance. Good location for a short visit.
San Francisco, California
Relaxing day outside of busy taipeiThe entire time i'm here it's scheduled to shower. So, my plans have changed and i'm pretty much based in Taipei. I went there on a weekday as advised. Like anywhere else, this is to avoid the massive crowds. The trip from Taipei was abig long. Upon arrival you can walk up the Old Street and continue upward to the waterfall. Most vendors were not open, even by the time I was leaving, around 4 or 5pm. The walk to the waterfall is fine. I did this in April. The cable car was open, but I did not realize this, b/c I didn't hear/see until when I was about to leave. I continued upward to the suspension bridge, and onward through the forested area. it was very relaxing. The sound of the water flowing was very therapeutic. I continued to Neidong Natl park, but unfortunately that was closed. I do suggest going early and enjoying a hot springs session afterwards. I wanted to do this, but was too tired and needed to get back into town. I opted to walk on this visit, but many ppl just cab it up to the viewing area of the waterfall and continue onward on a cable car to get excellent shots, esp on a clear day.
Fantastic waterfallsGreat location to visit if you want to experience a bit of nature. The area has some nice waterfalls and also a commercial area where you can have a meal or buy some food for a picnic. Like many places, it gets crowded here on weekends, so I'd suggest a visit during the week.
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