Xiao Wu-lai Scenic Area is the most alluring scenic spot along Northern Cross-Island Highway.
The scenery is among various types of terrain, from tablelands to hills, high mountains to valleys and creeks to rivers.
There is not only the most romantic attraction "skywalk," but also the gradual change of mountainous terrain in Taiwan that your can further experience.
There is a stretch of beautiful scenery alongside the hills and valleys. In the deep mountains is the practice range for experiencing hiking in high mountains of Taiwan.
From Daxi, head east on Provincial Highway 7, which is at the Northern Cross-Island Highway 21st kilometer stone, make a left onto Tao 115 Township Road and you'll see the entrance to Xiao Wu-lai Scenic Resort.
They used to require an entrance fee, but a fee is only required to get on the skywalk now.
You'll come across a scenic overlook not long after entering the scenic area.
Looking northeast from the scenic overlook, you can see the magnificent valley scenery further down where Yunei Creek flows into Da-han Creek.
There is a red steel bridge Luo-fu Bridge in the distance and another bridge Fu-xing Bridge inconspicuously situated behind it. Two bridges, one large and one small, stretch across the splendid Da-han Creek.
Look southwest, below the white clouds is Bei-cha-tian Mountain, which is the source of Yunei Creek. Below the shade tree is a fault where the outpouring waterfall flows downward.
Looking from the scenic overlook, you can only see a small portion of the skywalk, the rest is hidden by the shade tree to the left side of the waterfall.
"Yunei Creek" was initially named "Ulai," originated from an aboriginal language. "Ulai" and "Wu-Lai," New Taipei City have the same meaning. It was therefore renamed as "Yunei."
Yunei Creek receives rainwater from Cha-Tian-Shan Cordillera, the water quality is exceptionally clean. The water flows through the valley forming a three-level waterfall.
Between the top and middle level are many places for splashing around. The water is free of contamination and refreshingly clear.
The bottom level is a great place for river tracing; due to traveling safety, be sure to have a professional guide.
The mid level, which is also the location of the skywalk, is the most splendid.
The government spent 8 million NTD constructing the skywalk right above the mid-level waterfall, imitating the Grand Canyon of America.
The skywalk is a corridor 2 meters in width, 16 meters in length and 70 meters away from the bottom of the waterfall.
The floor is made entirely of tempered glass; there are no safety concerns as long as the number of people is within the specified limit.
Nevertheless, most people feel enfeebled when looking down at the swift current of the waterfall from the skywalk.
We saw a family bringing the kid to develop his courage.
We also saw a tour group constantly screaming at the beautiful sight under their feet.
The skywalk is full of people during holidays. It's best to make a call for reservation prior to the uphill trip.
From the entrance to the skywalk, there is a wooden path allowing you to have a very comfy walk.
There are 3 routes inside the wooden path. One leads to the water play area, one leads to the skywalk and the other takes you to the bottom of the waterfall.
The three paths frequently take you wandering around the canopy layer, giving you a very distinctive feeling.
Barbecuing is prohibited in the water play area, but you can immerse yourself in the clear water that flows down here from the bottom of the hill. It's quite a treat.
The path leading to the bottom of the waterfall gradually takes you there and allows you to admire the marvelous natural phenomenon up close.
Continue going toward the mountains, and there is a hiking entrance, which is in the deep mountains below the white clouds in the picture.
This is the most convenient hiking entrance taking you to the He-wei Shen-mu Population and Bei-cha-tian Mountain.
這個登山口是前往赫威神木群以及北插天山，最便捷的登山口。 ==The red sign says "the first hiking entrance to Xiao Wu-Lai"/紅色標示寫著[往小烏來第一登山口]==
==It says "toward He-wei Shen-mu and Bei-cha-tian Mountain"/標示寫著[往赫威神木與北插天山]==
This is also the hiking club practice range for One Hundred Peaks of Taiwan.
Bei-cha-tian Mountain is at an elevation of 1727 meters, allowing you to see a large field of Taiwan Beech, which is a species indigenous to Taiwan that has survived till today since the Ice Age.
You can see the He-wei Shen-mu Population along the way. They are Taiwan Red Cypress trees grown at about 1000 meters above sea level.
This is a unique experience allowing you to see in the mountain area closest to a Taiwan city, the one-of-a-kind Taiwan Red Cypress trees and the Beech that's the legacy of the Ice Age ;
however, due to concerns of illegal logging, the area surrounding Bei-cha-tian Mountain has been listed as a Control Zone, requiring an application for wilderness permit in order to enter.
The application process is not too troublesome. You can apply with an ID or a passport at the Xinei Police Station near the entrance to Tao 115 Township Road.