14 November 2019

Dapu Lake (Tsengwen Reservoir) and Qingyun Falls



Seems like lately we pretty often go out with other foreigners. This time with a couple - Bosnian girl and Arabian guy. They moved to Taiwan about 3-4 months ago, he is my husband's coworker. Due to his wife being lonely in new country, they wanted us to meet. The first impression isn't good, she seems not talkative at all and I felt bored that day. We went out together for 7-8 hours and there was really not much talking. Also I tried to chat with her on messenger some time before but it was like that too... Probably it's not only her problem, lately I don't feel like talking with anyone much (although I never had this problem with my friends). Maybe another time will be better. I still remember the time when I just moved to Taiwan. I was quite similar to her, not easily make new friends and mostly had no idea what to talk with people. I changed a lot in those 2 years.

I found those places some time ago already but didn't have much time to visit. Probably I should also search some informations before go to somewhere instead of just looking at pictures. For example there were a few waterfalls I had no idea how to get to. But, it's kind of fun to open Google map and say let's go there!
I still felt curious about it so the other day we found video from Xiaofei's channel about those waterfalls. It's our first time to see his channel and it's really cool! Now I know which waterfalls not to go, because he usually will find something difficult to get to. We definitely doesn't want to climb the river carrying kid lol

Dapu township (大埔鄉)

Dapu is a township with the smallest population in Chiayi County. More than 90% of the land is owned by state-owned or security forests, and the largest reservoir in Taiwan is built here - Tsengwen Reservoir. As the original river valley plain has been inundated by the reservoir, the development of agriculture is limited, and the township is transformed into a tourism industry. It was originally the agricultural area of ​​the township. After the completion of the construction of the Zengwen Reservoir in 1973 and the impoundment, it has been submerged into an artificial lake, and only the hills above the elevation of 235 meters are still exposed. The Zengwen Reservoir Scenic Area is the most important tourist resource, and the mountain is fed by a large number of local pigs. Pigs have become a major tourist attraction in the area.

See also: Alishan

Dapu Township is located in the south of the Tropic of Cancer. The population is concentrated below 500 meters above sea level. It's a subtropical climate zone with long summers and short winters. The annual average temperature is about 23.4 °C. The average monthly temperature from May to October is above 25 °C, especially at 28.8 °C in July. The average monthly temperature from December to February is lower, and the average minimum temperature is 17.1 °C.
The average annual rainfall of the township is about 2,236 mm, and the rain and dry season are quite distinct. The rainy season is distributed from May to September, and its rainfall accounts for 83.7% of the annual rainfall, especially after 3 months of rain showers and cyclone rains of 6, 7 and 8 months. At this time, the water level of Tsengwen Reservoir will obviously increase. The dry season is distributed from October to April, when the water level of the reservoir drops significantly.

Tsengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫)

The Tsengwen Reservoir is the largest reservoir and lake in Taiwan with a water level of 17.14 square kilometers. Its purpose is to provide irrigation water for the Jianan area. It also has the functions of power generation, flood control and sightseeing. It's a multi-purpose reservoir. Construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1973.

The Zengwen River Basin, where the Tsengwen Reservoir is located, has a total length of 138.47 kilometers and a drainage area of ​​1,176 square kilometers. It's the fourth largest river in Taiwan with an average annual flow of 1.6 billion cubic meters. 
The dam body is an earth-rock dam with a height of 133 meters. It is the third highest dam in Taiwan. The first high dam is the Deji Reservoir, and the second high dam is the Shimen Reservoir. The dam is 400 meters long and the dam body is 9 million cubic meters. The dam volume is also the largest among the reservoirs in Taiwan. The reservoir has a water-filled area of ​​1,714 hectares (17 square kilometers) and is the largest reservoir in Taiwan. There are three spillways in Tsengwen Reservoir. The elevation of each road is different. The downstream is from right to left. The minimum discharge is 250, 300, 350 cubic meters per second. The maximum flood discharge can reach 9470 cubic meters per second when the gate is fully open. 







Waterfalls

We planed to see 4 waterfalls (Qingyun, Cuitan, Sanlong, Caoshan), but in the end we have only seen one - Qingyun Waterfall. It's not a good timing to see waterfalls, due to dry weather now. The water flowing is very little or nearly not at all as it was with Cuitan Falls (翠潭瀑布). Third on our list - Sanlong Waterfall we didn't visit. It was not easy to park near the road, also we haven't had any idea how to get to the river... Also with Caoshan Waterfall (草山瀑布) we dave up in the middle of road. From the main road we needed to drive very small and not safe looking road. We parked nearby river and walked the path to waterfall. In the middle of the road we noticed the road was blocked from further passing. I think it was forbidden for scooters to drive in, anyway we haven't had any idea how far and how difficult it is to get there. Also it was already about 2-3 pm and it started to get little bit darker so we went back. In the end we drove to Baihe - Fire Water Spring. It was quite a long distance from here.




Qingyun Falls (青雲瀑布)
Qingyun Waterfall is located in the Xikou Village. It's also known as the Lovers Waterfall. It's one of the famous scenic spots in Dapu Scenic Area. The Qingyun Waterfall waterhole is surrounded by vast green hills. The origin of the lover's waterfall is that the waterfall enters the bottom of the pool for the two waterways, and the lovers who love each other are holding hands toward the future. "Qingyun Waterfall" is located next to the Dapu Arch Bridge.
This waterfall is very easy to get to, it was very close to the main road. We didn't need to climb anywhere. In the rainy season the water flowing should be more obvious than now, but it still looked good.
Caoshan waterfall (草山瀑布)
Located in Fanlu Township, Caoshan Waterfall is an unique waterfall in Chiayi. It's located on a cliff on the ground floor. The pool in front of the waterfall is large, it makes the waterfall look relatively small. If you climb to the top and then jump, you will find how high the waterfall is. If you ride a good locomotive, you can ride all the way to the top and walk for another 10 minutes, but the car should stop at the bottom of the path and then climb to the waterfall road.






Address:
1. 8H2Q+V7 Dapu, Dapu Township, Chiayi County
2. 600, Chiayi County, East District, 市9鄉道0"N號

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