Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taiwan Life and Fun: Wulai River

Wulai has become one of our favorite spots to go as a family. There is so much to do in this area, but we just go straight to the river. Maybe it is because we have a young family, but we don't even make it to the waterfall. This little spot works just fine for us, at least for this season of our life.

Photo by Erin Bowden

The great thing about this place is that you don't even need a car to get there. Public transportation takes about an hour. Here's how: Take the blue bus #849 from Roosevelt Road. Or you can take the MRT to the last station in Xindian and catch the bus there. It is the last bus stop, so you can't miss it. Once off the bus, walk up towards the village and take a left after the bridge. (We always stop at the 7-11 on the corner to pack up some drinks and snacks). Walk up the hill about five minutes or so. When the road begins to "Y" go into the building on the left side. It costs around 100nt/person to enter, but you are given some water, clean bathrooms and showers. There are a few free spots before this place where you can walk down stairs to the river, but no bathrooms. With kids, I prefer the bathrooms. ;)
The water here is clean and cool. There are small pools of water where the girls could splash around safely and there were areas where Marcus could jump off rocks into deep waters (or for my husband to do cannonballs from). Really, just a great place for a family to chill and relax during a hot and humid summer day.
Jie Jie enjoys mud bathing. 

GeGe contemplating a jump. 

Mei Mei with her fish...tiny little things that she
wanted to bring home as pets. =)


irishoma said...

Great post and lovely photos!
Donna v.

MaDonna Maurer said...

Thanks Donna! The first picture was from my friend, and I forgot to post that..going back now to edit that in. =)

Cathy C. Hall said...

Looks like such a peaceful spot. Ahhhh...(and cute little kidders, too!)

MaDonna Maurer said...

Cathy, it is peaceful in the mornings and then the crowd comes and it isn't so peaceful. But, it's nature and it is so pretty.

Claire Goverts said...

That looks like a lovely spot, I enjoyed reading about it and seeing the pictures.

I'm stopping by from the blog BBQ.

MaDonna Maurer said...

Thanks for stopping by Claire! It is a wonderful place to get away from the heat. We were just there again this weekend!

Talli Roland said...

That looks lovely... ahhhh! I'd love to be there right now. Instead I'm in rainy London. The grass is always greener...

Jeremy Bates said...

ive lived in asia for ten years now too!
followed u over from karen's bbq... brought whiskey and steak! enjoy! and great blog--following!

Jess said...

What a beautiful spot and what adorable kiddos! Stopping by for the weekend BBQ to say hello and follow your cool blog :) Have a great weekend!

Karen Walker said...

Hello, thanks for your visit to my blog during Karen's BBQ fest. So nice to "meet" you. These photos are lovely and that spot looks like a little slice of heaven.

Carol Kilgore said...

Lovely photos and beautiful children. Nice to meet you. And thanks for following my blog.

Liz Fichera said...

Beautiful pics!

Nice to connect with you today!

KarenG said...

This is a relaxing blog, I like it here, really should stop by more often. Hope you're enjoying the BBQ!

colbymarshall said...

Dropping by from the BBQ- pleased to meet you! What pretty pictures...looks and sounds like a fun spot. I've always loved the water, and being in it so much as a kid is definitely responsible. Looks like your kids are destined for it, too!

MaDonna Maurer said...

Wow, thanks for all follows!
@Talli, yep the grass is greener somewhere. There are days I wish to be in day I'll make it there.
@Jeremy, Asia just draws you in, doesn't it? I love it here. Thanks for the steak..I'll have to pass on the whiskey b/c it just puts me to sleep. Can't have THAT at a party, can we?
@Jess, ahh thanks. I think they are pretty cute, but I tend to be biased. =)
@Karen W, so glad that you dropped in. Seriously, still giggling from your essay "Pink Ladies"...made me miss "home" a bit.
@Carol and Liz, thanks for dropping by. Great to meet you both, too!
Karen G, I'm so glad you feel relaxed when you visit. That made me smile. Great party, by the way! Hope the clean up isn't too much. I'll come help if you need it. ;)
@colbymarshall, the kids love this place. It took my youngest about 3 years to get over the fear of she is basically a fish. Glad you stopped by!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm visiting from Karen Gowen's BBQ. What a beautiful place!

If you'd like visit my blog "Substitute Teacher's Saga".

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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