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).
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.
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
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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