A little exploration to Xiaowulai skywalk, a 11 meter extended glass platform at a 70 meter height above the bottom of the waterfall located at Taoyuan Fuhsing Township. The glass platform is with a view of the waterfall right below your feet. The skywalk can withstand total weight of 4 ton, about 100 people. This is the first of its kind in Taiwan.
Journey starts out from taking the Metro to Taipei Main Station 台北车站. Take the exit towards Taipei Station ground floor. Follow the M3 exit towards a sign that says Station main floor.
A normal train ticket at TWD66 per way gets you to Taoyuan Train Station 桃园火车站. They may tell you that you may need to stand after certain station. You can decide whether to proceed with the transaction. The trip is about 30 minutes.
Upon arrival at Taoyuan Train Station, exit and turn right, following the pedestrian walkway towards FE21 (Far East Departmental Store 远东百货). If there are not too many people, you can spot this sign that guides you.
Before reaching the entrance of the Store, take the underground walkway on your right. It has a name called Yan Ping Underground Walkway 延平地下道. There may be people selling things in the underground and you may notice that there are many foreigners.
Exit the underground walkway and go straight. You’ll be surprised that you see many non-Taiwanese shops along that road. It’s like a indochina area. Continue straight until you see Taoyuan Bus Station 桃園客運總站. There’s where you want to go!
Enter the terminal and look for the pillar with a label that says “502 Xiaowulai Shuttle Bus – Ticket Office (502 小烏來線 － 售票處)” and get your ticket at TWD150 each.
After you purchased your ticket, when it’s about time or when you see there are many people already queuing, queue in front of the Xiaowulai sign.
Your ticket allows you to do unlimited travel for the whole day along the whole Xiaowulai line. What we did was to go straight to Xiaowulai without stopping, while the bus driver will briefly explain what each stop has to see. You can then decide later at which stop you would like to alight to explore more when you return. You may interchange with some other line at some stations. You cannot hop on to that other line’s bus other than the Xiaowulai line that you bought.
Request a time schedule from the ticket counter. Otherwise, check out the brief time schedule at each stop and plan your time. This only shows the time of departure from the first and last station. You can also see the detailed time schedule for each stop in the bus or ask the bus driver. The first bus departs from Taoyuan is 8.30 am and last bus departs from Xiaowulai is 5.10 pm.
Once you arrived at Xiaowulai, follow the sign to the ticket counter. At the same time you can start enjoying and exploring the place. There are people selling fruits, food and drinks along the way. Prices may vary about TWD5 for the same item.
Alongside of the wooden walkway is a very clear river with bluish green colour. It’s a refreshing walk.
Upon arriving at the ticket office, check your timing. If there’s is not too many people, you can get your tickets and enter rightaway. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the next time slot.
Admission ticket is TWD50, if no discount and non group. The operating hours is basically from 8am to 5pm with lunch break from 12pm to 1pm, everyday except Monday. Time slot allocation is dependent on number of people.
Entering to the skywalk, you are welcome by the bridge arch. The view surrounding the place is beautiful.
Walk on the skywalk and you see waterfall beneath you. Very cool! The structure of the skywalk is very strong. So, you won’t feel any movement, if you’re nervous being on the platform. We could not get nice pictures of the waterfall through the glass platform because of the sun reflection. Otherwise, you can see clearly the amazing view below.
The water is very rapid and scary when you look over the skywalk. This is the time when my legs got a little weaker. So, don’t look over for too long…
Food at Xiaowulai
Macau Sausage 馬告香腸 (TWD35)
Macau is a local black pepper. The meat is pork. So, it’s black pepper pork sausage. Quite nice.
You can see many stalls selling this sausage when you walk around the place. The prices ranges from TWD35 – TWD40.
On the right : Roselle Flower Tea 洛神花茶 (TWD60)
It’s a sweet flower tea which is quite tasty and the flower can be eaten. It’s taste a little like eating white fungus with a sweet taste. I like it.
On the left : Macau honey tea 馬告密茶 （TWD50)
You must be wondering black pepper tea? Surprising, it’s nice! It has a little spiciness like the ginger but not a very strong pepper taste that will choke your throat. Maybe it’s smooth out by the honey.
You can get both of these drinks from Tayal Kitchen 泰雅神話部落廚房 by the Tayal ethnic.
Location: about 20 meters before the skywalk
Operating hours: 9am – 5pm