Xiufeng Waterfall is a tall waterfall in Xizhi District in New Taipei, Taiwan. It is easily accessible via a flat hiking path that takes about 10 minutes to complete, and includes amazing views of Taipei along the way. It's spectacular cascading falls are definitely worth a stop for anyone in Taiwan.
Xiufeng Waterfall is roughly 10 meters high and 2 meters wide (32 x 13 ft.). It is located on Dajianshan in Xizhi, and connects with other Dajianshan trails in the area.
The rocks here easily erode, making for odd shapes in the riverbed.
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.
How to get there:
By Train: Take the TRA to Ruifang Station, and then switch to the Pingxi Railway line. Get off at Shifen Station, then walk along the main road south until you reach the Shifen Waterfall trail. It will be hard to miss; there are signs along the way.
By Car/Scooter: Take provincial highway 2 east toward Pinglin, then get off the main highway once you reach Shifen. The waterfall is to the left of the main bridge across the valley, and parking is plentiful. Scooter parking is free at the entrance.
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I have been to Xiufeng Waterfall twice. It is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls around Taipei. Sadly in the winter there is almost no water running down it.
Along the road to the waterfall, there are amazing views of the Taipei Basin from Xiufeng Temple.
View of Eastern Taipei.
Wider view from Xiufeng Temple.
View towards Xizhi and Neihu.
View of downtown Xizhi.
Interesting cloud formation that day.
At the trailhead to the waterfall, there is limited parking but you can definitely park a scooter here.
Map of the Dajianshan Trail system.
View from the trailhead.
It's only 420 meters from the trailhead to the waterfall. Remember, go down not up. If you go up toward Dajianshan you will not get to the waterfall and you will waste a lot of energy.
Go down to the right, not up and to the left.
The trail was pretty messed up after a Typhoon one year.
The trail is really easy to hike and much of it is downhill.
Steps leading up to a rock outcropping.
Metal rails along the trail here.
The trail that leads to a cave.
View inside the cave.
The cave is called Dragon Boat Cave 龍船洞.
Map of the Dajianshan Trail System.
There is also a cement tea table here.
Another view of the cave.
There is also a shrine to Mazu here.
Last view of the cave and shrine.
The trail moves onward.
View of the forest on Dajianshan from a break on the trail.
First view of the falls.
Best view of the falls possible.
Panoramic top down view of the falls.
Above is the view of an earlier hike when there was much more water.
See more photos of the waterfall in the gallery above.
The trail goes down a little bit and stops. I did not want to go any further.
There are more small waterfalls in the stream here.
Stone steps back up the trail.
Another stone outcropping on the mountain.
Another stone table along the trail.
View of Taipei at dusk.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blogs on waterfalls to come.
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