It was our first day in Taiwan when we visited the town of Shifen. It was a perfect trip-starter! There were already several places to visit that requires minimum time and minimum budget, and the best (personally) among them was Shifen Waterfalls (十分大瀑布).
Being the most eminent waterfall in Taiwan, Shifen Waterfalls (十分大瀑布) will definitely sweep your feet off as the cascading marvel of water allures you with its notable beauty. It may not be the tallest one in Taiwan, but it is the broadest- measuring at 40 meters wide, and just 20 meters tall. Ahhhh, how amazing is this?!
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How to get to Shifen Waterfalls?
Address: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10號
From Taipei Main Station:
- Take a train from Taipei main station to Ruifang train station (瑞芳車站)
- Transfer train to the Pingxi Line (平溪線)
- Ride train to Shifen train station (十分车站): 1 hour travel time
- From the station, walk 20-30 minutes to Shifen Waterfalls. There are English signs along the road, so you won’t get lost.
- Entrance fee: Shifen Waterfalls is now already handled by the Taiwanese government, thus NO admission/entrance fee is required: F R E E!
- Transportation Expense
From the drop off station- Shifen train station (十分车站), you have to walk 20-30 minutes to reach the trail towards the waterfall, passing by Shifen’s Old Street, Taiwan’s old coal mining town. While walking, you can also have a glimpse of the old Jingan Suspension Bridge and the people who are doing the Sky Lantern activity. It was fun walking around the town.
Once you arrive the trail, another short walk and trek is required. It’s not that tiring though. The trail is really light and easy and it’s even artsy, complimented with the aesthetic trees on the sides and the view of the nature itself. You will really not get tired during the trek because of the view. Well if you got tired, the tiredness is absolutely worth it.
There are also food stalls available beside the falls. You can have your mini snack before leaving the place, or maybe if you have the benefit of time, you can just sit back and relax on the chairs provided in the place. Ahhh imagine how relaxing that is! You’re chilling in front of a majestic waterfalls!
After several minutes of trekking, the beauty of the waterfalls is slowly revealing itself, as we made our path down. Our hearts can’t help but be awed on how majestic the cascading waterfalls is. Every step of the trek was more than worth it. Now I understand why this beautiful waterfalls was nicknamed “Little Niagara of Taiwan.” It does really resembles North America’s Niagra Falls’ horseshoe-shaped and powerful flow- something that is so glorious beyond imagination. Moreover, aside from its resemblance to Niagra Falls, it also has this magical feature of displaying rainbows during sunny days, thus getting its another nickname, “Rainbow Pond”.
There are several view points in the place. The first point is expectedly crowded, so don’t set your expectations high. You might not get a good shot on that first view point. But worry not since there are more view points worth taking photos of.
More Taiwan Travel Guide to be posted THIS WEEK