By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–The long-existing free outdoor hot spring facilities in the
popular hot spring town of Wulai in northern Taiwan’s New Taipei City are now a memory of the past for many who had soaked in the hot spring pools by the Nanshi River as the site has been demolished by the city government.
New Taipei City Government said on Thursday that public safety, sanitation and illegality concerns surrounding the Wulai outdoor hot spring pools by the river had long been an issue. The facilities were built by enthusiasts who frequented the outdoor hot spring in Wulai.
The city government gave the builders of the pools and shacks one month from April 13 to demolish their facilities. However, the builders failed to do so as expected, so the city government took upon itself and demolished the pools, shacks and other illegally built attachments according to law, the city government said.
The free Wulai outdoor hot spring facilities, which were open to anybody, were located within the controlled Nanshi River territory, and it is against the law to build any facilities within the area, the city government said. [FULL STORY]