Waterfalls of Taiwan [臺灣的瀑布] (Asia)

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Taiwan Waterfalls (臺灣的瀑布 [Táiwān de pùbù]) seemed like pretty common features in this island republic that featured very tall mountains and steep gorges. We figured that one could spend a lifetime trying to visit the various waterfalls that have already been discovered (with varying degrees of difficulty), but even just our humble sampling of the waterfalls to be found here already spanned the great diversity of what was possible. To make the waterfalls a bit more manageable, we're splitting them up and grouping them into distinct subregions. These subregions are Central Taiwan, Eastern Taiwan, Northern Taiwan, and Southern Taiwan.

Central Taiwan was pretty much the waterfalls that we've managed to visit east of Taichung City and Chiayi City. Among the notable waterfalls that we've managed to visit in this area include the Songlong Rock Waterfall and Chinglong Waterfall. There were other possible waterfalls we could have visited here, but landslides prevented such visits from happening (to places such as the Yunlong Waterfall among others).

The Shifen Waterfall Eastern Taiwan Waterfalls were those that we managed to find in Hualien County and Taitung County. This area was perhaps the least populated of the regions in Taiwan so we were able to enjoy more naturesque experiences. Some of the waterfalls we've managed to visit here included the Tiefen Waterfall and the Nanan Waterfall. Perhaps the most famous landmark in this region was the Taroko Gorge, but it was so affected by typhoon-induced landslides that we'll have to come back here for a more thorough visit of this world famous area.

Northern Taiwan Waterfalls pretty much included all the waterfalls that we managed to see within a reasonable day trip from the capital city of Taipei. Clearly some of Taiwan's most famous waterfalls were found here given how most of the population lived in the metropolis. Thus, places like Shifen Waterfall and Wulai Waterfall were quite popular. We've also included Yilan County as part of this region since it seemed perfectly reasonable to visit places like the Wufengchi Waterfall as a day trip from Taipei.

The Kayoufeng Waterfall Finally, the Southern Taiwan region pretty much included all counties east of Tainan and Kaohsiung as well as further south towards Kenting. In this warm and muggy tropical region, we've managed to visit big waterfalls like Kayoufeng Waterfall as well as the more adventurous yet still popular Liangshan Waterfall among others.

Indeed, visiting the waterfalls in Taiwan was like going back to my roots. For most of my immediate relatives call this island home, but after having visited waterfalls here, Mom and I felt like we became the family experts of Taiwan simply by going a bit off the beaten path and being intrepid enough to go chase these waterfalls while seeing many of the country's other sights along the way. Certainly going away from the cities that most of them were used to being in yielded rewards that paid us back in many intangible ways, and I've definitely gained a better appreciation of who I am as well as a better appreciation of the Taiwan peoples and its culture.

Lastly, like what I've done with the China region, I've incorporated Chinese characters in many of the waterfall names as well as other important place names. Since Taiwan uses traditional characters [fántǐzì or 繁体字] as opposed to simplified characters [jiǎntǐzì or 简体字], I'll be using the traditional characters in this region. After all, more often than not, you're probably going to find signs exclusively in traditional Chinese characters, so you'll be better equipped at recognizing characters to keep you on the right path with such aids if you're out trying to visit these places on your own.

In addition to the Chinese characters, I've also provided pronunciation aids using the pinyin system [pīnyīn or 拼音], which originated in China. While some Taiwanese purists may think this is blasphemy, I've learned that the Taiwanese Romanizations of Chinese were pretty confusing and inaccurate (e.g. Taipei as opposed to Táiběi was one such bastardization of the language, and don't even get me started on "Sun Link Sea" or Shanlinhsi instead of Shānlínxī). At least with the pinyin Romanization, you'll have a better shot at being understood if you're trying to ask for directions or verbalize some of the names of these waterfalls (especially if you understand the tones).

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To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Central Taiwan

Fenghuang Waterfall 2.5 Fenghuang Waterfall (鳳凰瀑布 [Fènghuáng Pùbù])
Fanlu, Chiayi

Songlong Rock Waterfall 3 Songlong Rock Waterfall (松龍岩瀑布 [Sōnglóngyán Pùbù])
Shanlinhsi, Nantou

Chinglong Waterfall 4 Chinglong Waterfall (青龍瀑布 [Qīnglóng Pùbù])
Shanlinhsi, Nantou

Caihong Waterfall or Rainbow Waterfall 2 Caihong Waterfall (彩虹瀑布 [Cǎihóng Pùbù]; "Rainbow Waterfall")
Dongpu, Nantou

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Eastern Taiwan

A Taroko Gorge Waterfall 2 Taroko Gorge Waterfalls (太魯閣的瀑布 [Tàilǔgé de Pùbù])
Taroko Gorge National Park, Hualien

Fenghuang Waterfall 2 Fenghuang Waterfall (鳳凰瀑布 [Fènghuáng Pùbù])
Fenglin, Hualien

Tiefen Waterfall 2.5 Tiefen Waterfall (鐵汾瀑布 [Tiěfén Pùbù])
Yuli, Hualien

Nanan Waterfall 2.5 Nanan Waterfall (南安瀑布 [Nánān Pùbù])
Zhuoxi, Hualien

Luoshan Waterfall 2 Luoshan Waterfall (羅山瀑布 [Luóshān Pùbù])
Fuli, Hualien

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Northern Taiwan

Xiao Wulai Waterfall 3.5 Xiao Wulai Waterfall (小烏來瀑布 [Xiǎowūlái Pùbù])
Fuxing, Taoyuan

Xinliao Waterfall 2 Xinliao Waterfall (新寮瀑布 [Xīnliáo Pùbù])
Dongshan, Yilan

Wufengchi Waterfall 3 Wufengchi Waterfall (五峰旗瀑布 [Wǔfēngqí Pùbù])
Jiaoxi, Yilan

Wulai Waterfall 3.5 Wulai Waterfall (烏來瀑布) [Wūlái Pùbù])
near Taipei, Xinbei

Huangjin Waterfall 3 Huangjin Waterfall (黃金瀑布 [Huángjīn Pùbù]; "Golden Waterfall")
near Keelung, Xinbei

Qingshan Waterfall 2 Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù])
Yangmingshan, Xinbei

Shifen Waterfall 3.5 Shifen Waterfall (十分大瀑布 [Shífēn Dà Pùbù])
Pingxi, Xinbei

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Southern Taiwan

Kayoufeng Waterfall 4 Kayoufeng Waterfall (卡悠峰瀑布 [Kǎyōufēng Pùbù])
Fangshan, Pingtung

Liangshan Waterfall 3.5 Liangshan Waterfall (涼山瀑布 [Liángshān Pùbù])
Majia, Pingtung

Dajin Waterfall 2.5 Dajin Waterfall (大津瀑布 [Dàjīn Pùbù])
Sandimen, Pingtung

Qingrengu Waterfall 2 Qingrengu Waterfall (情人谷瀑布 [Qíngréngǔ Pùbù]; "Lover's Gorge Waterfall")
Maolin National Scenic Area, Kaohsiung

Maolin Valley Waterfall 2 Maolin Valley Waterfall (茂林谷瀑布 [Màolíngǔ Pùbù])
Maolin National Scenic Area, Kaohsiung

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