Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Xiao Wulai

This Sunday six of us went out to Xiao Wulai. Xiao Wulai is another well-known bit of Taiwan's natural beauty; in the vicinity of Daxi and Fuxing, it's a waterfall and forest park that gets a fair number of day-tripping hikers.

Rural Taiwan, near the falls.

The valleys near Fuxing village.

And this is the waterfall proper. You can't get to that pavilion on the right; the way's been blocked by park authorities. Same for a multi-story pavilion out of the camera frame that's presumably been deemed unsafe. But it's quite a nice view, don't you think?

My pictures are few in number and unprocessed. Jenna took many more pictures and did some processing to make them look nice, her pics and commentary can be found here.


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