After crossing the bridge that enters Haiduan Township, turn right onto the Southern Cross-Island Highway. As you ascend slowly up the mountain along the road, your field of vision will open up to reveal the breathtaking Sinwulyu Creek. The gorge was formed into a peculiar “S” shape from ages of erosion due to creek.
The height of Wulu Gorge reaches over 1000 meters high, with the slim and graceful Sinwulyu Creek at the bottom. Lining the valley are pine trees, maples, cherry blossoms, palm blossoms, and many other plants that fill the whole gorge with beauty as they change through the seasons.
The Chief Spa Hotel is a well-known hot spring hotel in Haiduan Township. Never heated artificially, the hot spring water is sourced directly from nature. The PH level of the water is between 72-91, making the spring water a perfect healing and beautifying elixir for skin. Besides the wonderful hot spring bathing, the hotel’s spectacular mountain view and tranquil atmosphere also help visitors reach a place of true relaxation. After bathing, travelers can also visit the nearby Tian-Long Suspension Bridge, 110-meters long and 721-meters high, to experience the amazing beauty of the Haiduan scenery!
Liukou Hot Spring is a wild hot spring located right alongside the highway. The water comes from the Sinwulyu Creek and runs into six different pools, set to different temperatures. The pool closest to the source is the hottest, up to 70-80˚C. The water flows through each pool area and gathers in one particularly comfortable spot where the spring is warm enough for a nice foot soak or even egg-boiling!
At an altitude of 700 meters lies the heart of the Buluk Buluk Tribe, which is 1845km off from the Southern Cross-Island Highway. “Buluk Buluk,” in the group’s aboriginal language, refers to the sound of water as it gushes naturally from the ground, signifying that there is a spring nearby. At the entrance of the tribe, there is a statue of a local hunter carrying a boar around his shoulder as the symbol of the Buluk people’s robust and powerful spirits.
In this small tribe, cottages are dotted all through the streets and alleys, giving the the whole village an extremely lovely and peaceful look. At the center of the village stands the “Wu-Lu Ancient Fort” where visitors can find two cannon replicas on display. They were weapons used by Japanese soldiers’ to suppress the Buluk rebels. Now, they stand to remind the public about the Buluk’s strong resistance to the Japanese use of its military police force to suppress them in 1927. In addition, beautiful plum blossoms can be seen all around the tribe during early spring.
Lisong Hot Spring, a hidden gem located deep in the mountains of Taitung, is known to be the most beautiful wild hot spring in Taiwan. This hot spring can only be reached via a trail with an elevation of 400 meters down into the valley. It is not a difficult trail, but be warned: the last part of the downhill is steep with a 70 to 80-degree slope.
One of the must-see sights at Lisong Hot Spring is the emerald-colored calcium carbonate crystal grown by the edge of mountain cliff. In this kind of spectacular environment, soaking in the nature spring is a wonderful way to celebrate life, enjoy the warmth, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.
Opening Hours: Open year-round (Taiwan’s dry season lasts from November to April)