Shifen waterfall (十分瀑布) is also known as the Little Niagara of Taiwan and well, I think it’s worthy of the nickname. Its curtain waterfall does resemble the real Niagara fall, albeit a much smaller scale. It is still very grand nevertheless. The waterfall is located in Pingxi District, near Shifen train station (along Pingxi line). From the station, head towards the shop houses at the old street and you should reach the waterfall in about 20 minutes. Please be warned that there isn’t any proper pavement for pedestrians and we were walking by the side of the road, with heavy vehicles zooming past. But not to worry, just be more careful and you should be ok.
While you are walking along the main road, keep a lookout for a sign on the right that will direct you onto a path that is off the road (See the photo on the right below for an idea and do note that the photo was taken when I was on the way back. Hence your view will be in a reverse angle). Go down the slope and continue along the path, you will come to a beautiful suspension bridge. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a nice view of the facade as the bridge was under renovation then. Beyond the bridge is a railway track and you are less than five minutes away from the waterfall.
Our next stop was Taiwan Coalmine Museum where we sat on an authentic coal train.
Useful Information – Shifen Waterfall:
- 08:00-17:30 daily
- Alight at Shifen train station along Pingxi Line
- Walk towards the direction of Shifen Old Street
- Follow the direction of the road signs (See photos above)
- Entire journey is about 20~30 minutes walk (one way)
- NT$100 per person