Shuiniukeng (aka Linkou Grand Canyon or Water Buffalo Valley) is one of the few off-roading areas around Taipei. If you have a 4x4, truck, or dirt bike, this could be a fun place to test out your off-road vehicle. Also, you can sometimes spot cows grazing here.
Shuiniukeng is so named because sometimes cows are left here to pasture.
Originally the area was a hillside, pushed out of the ocean over thousands of years. Later, illegal gravel companies came here to harvest gravel, creating a giant hole in the hillside, making the current landscape we see today.
Later the area became popular with instagrammers and off-road enthusiasts, and cows still come to graze here occasionally.
You can book an off-road ATV experience in Linkou on Klook here.
Hotels on Taiwan's Northern Coast:
We recommend Fullon Hotel which has locations in Tamsui and Fulong near the beach (book on Booking.com here, Tripadvisor here, Agoda here, or Hotels.com here).
We have also stayed at and recommend Hai Xia Your Home which is right in front of Fulong Beach (book on Booking.com here, Tripadvisor here, Agoda here, or Hotels.com here).
Looking for a hotel? We recommend booking through Booking.com here, which provides the best quality selection of accommodation in Taiwan.
Find out where to stay in our Taiwan hotels guide or search for the best hotel deals in Taiwan here.
How to get there:
By Car: By car, you must come northbound on expressway 61 and turn right on the small road that leads to the area from the south. To get back, you have to pass under the highway and then turn south on expressway 61.
By public transport: There is no way to get there by public transport except by walking from Linkou.
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