It’s been awhile since I last updated. I’ve had a few hospital visits and stressful situations, but I won’t get into that… On to more positive things: WuLai!
On one random afternoon, my roommate’s girlfriend asked if I wanted to travel with them to WuLai. Not having anything else to do, and being quite burnt out on constantly doing schoolwork, I decided to tag along.
WuLai is one of the famous hot-spring destinations littered around the city of Taipei, and is approximately 20min outside of southern Taipei via local bus. Being so close to the city, it is a frequent destination for weekend warriors and spa-goers. After mentioning my destination to my neighbor, his face immediately brightened and he proceeded to regale me with tales of fishing in the verdant mountains and fresh rivers of WuLai.
I didn’t expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is the kind of area that can give rest to a weary soul. It is a nature-lovers paradise. WuLai is famous for its aboriginal culture (specifically the Atayal tribe) which is apparent immediately upon entering the city. Paintings, statues, and carvings litter every corner of the small town.
Taipei is a perfect city for small day-trips. Although it is a large metropolitan area, the city is surrounded by nature, on all sides. Mountain, rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife ensure that there exists a balance between the hustle and bustle of the city and the peace and serenity of nature.