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.
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.
Please see below:
I have only been to Shuiniukeng once after passing by it many times on expressway 61.
The bridge over to it is actually a stream, but no snorkel required.
Surrounding the pite are some sandstone walls.
There is some parking on the hill.
The trail goes around to the backside of the mountain.
Someones truck parked on the sand.
The Taiwan electric powerplant is nearby.
And there is also a factory and a temple nearby.
View up the road to the factory.
Old bunker on the site.
People riding dirt bikes on the slopes.
For views of actual cows grazing here, you can check out this blog by Josh Ellis here.
For our full guide on Taiwan's Northern Coast, click here.
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