Dajianshan Waterfall (aka Dajianshan Falls) is a set of waterfalls in Xizhi District of New Taipei City, Taiwan. It is easily accessible via a short, steep hiking path that takes about 15 minutes to walk up, and includes a six main tiers of waterfall and amazing natural scenery. It's spectacular cascading falls and pools have made it a most popular destination in the area.
Dajianshan Waterfall is roughly 200 meters high (650 feet) from the lowest falls to the highest falls, and is broken up by six sections of waterfalls.
The rock formations that form the Waterfalls formed as sediment under the ocean millions of years ago and were then uplifted thanks to the collision of the Eurasian and Philippine plates. The rocks are mainly sedimentary and are part of the same formation that forms the special rock formations on the northern coast around Keelung.
The rocks here easily erode, making for odd shapes in the riverbed.
Due to the difficult nature of the trail, it is usually free of people, even on weekends.
When to go:
Go in the spring time when there is more rain. If you go during the dry season, the waterfall will be quite small.
Moderate, 200 meter elevation gain. Takes about an hour to complete.
How to get there:
By Bus: From Xizhi TRA station, take bus F911 to Fuji Mountain Villa stop, then walk through the neighborhood, which will take you to a mountain road on the back side. The waterfall is about a 15 minute walk from Fuji Mountain Villa.
By Car/Scooter: From provincial highway 5 in Xizhi, turn up the mountain after reaching the Xizhi Administrative Building (汐止行政中心). Then go up the mountain and turn into Xiufeng Road, aka Fuji Mountain Villa. After that, drive through the neighborhood, which will take you to a mountain road on the back side. The waterfall is about a 3 minute ride from Fuji Mountain Villa, on the switchback just before Qiedong Waterfall.
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I have been to Dajianshan Waterfall twice. Both times we were the only people there. I have not actually gone all the way up to the sixth tier of the waterfall because the trail is rough, tough, and not well maintained.
To get there, I will usually start by driving through Fuji Villa.
The road connects to the other side of the villa where you can find the waterfall.
The road up to Dajian Waterfall and Qiedong Waterfall.
At this switchback you can stop and park.
The trail goes up the right part of the stream here, and is not well maintained.
Hard to find the trail through all this brush.
A stone bench along the trail.
This is the first layer of falls, the only one with a pool that you can swim in, and this is also where most people would stop. It's only about four or five meters high (12-15 feet).
Another shot of the falls.
This is the second tier of falls a little further up the trail.
Another view of the second tier.
Verticle view of the falls.
Pool not big enough to swim in here.
From here, the trail gets gnarly, and passus under this giant boulder.
I stopped after looking up the trail the goes up a sheer slippery rock face.
View of the second tier from further below.
View of the second tier from above.
A snippet of the trail back down.
This trail could be really fun for you if you are into danger and love small waterfalls.
For a full view of all six tiers, click on this blog in Chinese here.
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