3 July 2017

Shifen Waterfall - Taiwan's Little Niagara

Staying in Taipei just a few days, we use this time for travel. Today we came to Pingxi District to see one of famous waterfalls, which is Shifen Waterfall. Pingxi is also a well known area of Sky Lantern Festival.  

Pingxi is a hometown of waterfalls, at present time there are 36 waterfalls discovered. One of most popular waterfalls is Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布). The geological effect over the million of years created many valleys and canyons. The average height of mountains in Pingxi is only 500 meters.

The area plays an important role in Taiwan's history of mining. The area is a sedimentary rock formation. It's economically valuable because it contains coal, oil and gas. This geological structure was formed 3-4 million years ago.



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shifen waterfall pingxi shifen taiwan's little niagara taiwan travel


Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布) is located in Xinyi, Pingxi District. The name Shifen is taken from ten families developing this area in the past (which is similar with naming Jiufen Village).
The trail to the waterfall is pretty long and big part goes through bamboo forest which looks really beautiful. 
The waterfall is 20 meter tall and 40 meter wide, which is the widest waterfall in Taiwan. Due to its shape is called Little Niagara of Taiwan. The water pool below is also very deep.

The waterfall is located in scenic area on the Keelung River. It's a waterfall valley type scenic area with the longest and largest river in Northern Taiwan. Due to erosion and nearby cutting terrains, the river flowing here causes many waterfalls.

See also: Jiufen

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The bad part is that there is no place can let you go near the water. You can only admire its beauty staying on different level viewing decks. Sometimes on sunny days you can also see a rainbow on 
splashing water. Due to this view some people call it a Rainbow Pond.

The waterfall is open free. In October-May, visiting time is 9am - 5pm, but the final entrance to the park is 4.30pm. June-September 9am-6pm, with last entrance at 5.30pm.

shifen waterfall pingxi shifen taiwan's little niagara taiwan travel

shifen waterfall pingxi shifen taiwan's little niagara taiwan travel



Near Suspension Bridge which leads you to Shifen town you can also see Yanjingdong Falls. 
In the Shifen you can find many food stalls waiting for tired people which head back from the waterfall. The town is about 30 minutes walk away.
The old train station in Shifen was build in 1918 for transportation of coal. 




Address:
Shifen Waterfall, No. 10乾坑 Pingxi District, New Taipei City, 226

1 comment:

  1. U nas niestety wodospadów nie za wiele, zazdroszczę widoków

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