Chinglong Waterfall (青龍瀑布 [Qīnglóng Pùbù])

Shanlinhsi ("Sun Link Sea") Nature Park and Resort; Xitou, Nantou County, Taiwan

About Chinglong Waterfall (青龍瀑布 [Qīnglóng Pùbù])


Hiking Distance: 5km round trip
Suggested Time: 2 hours

Date first visited: 2016-11-01
Date last visited: 2016-11-01

Waterfall Latitude: 23.63743
Waterfall Longitude: 120.78495

The Chinglong Waterfall (青龍瀑布 [Qīnglóng Pùbù]; meaning “Green Dragon Waterfall”) was perhaps the waterfalling highlight of our short but very sweet visit to the Shanlinhsi (杉林溪 [Shānlínxī]) Nature Park.

This towering waterfall was where the Jiazouliao Stream (加走寮溪 [Jiāzǒuliáo Xī]) plunged some 116m.

Shanlinhsi_394_10312016 - The Chinglong Waterfall in the Shanlinhsi Nature Park
The Chinglong Waterfall in the Shanlinhsi Nature Park

Its grandeur took Mom and I by surprise as we were expecting something similar to the nearby Songlong Rock Waterfall (which was also in the same park).

However, the Chinglong Falls turned out to be far taller and more vertical.

The signs here suggested that this was the prettiest waterfall in Shanlinhsi (that seemed like a no-brainer).

That said, it also suggested that it was the most beautiful waterfall in Central Taiwan, and that would be hard to dispute.

Shanlinhsi_338_10312016 - Our hike to the Chinglong Waterfall was above the inversion layer so it was actually quite a cool and comfortable hike
Our hike to the Chinglong Waterfall was above the inversion layer so it was actually quite a cool and comfortable hike

Moreover, this waterfalling experience also featured a bit of variety as our visit took in rock formations, panoramic views above the inversion layer, and even a second waterfall.

Chinglong Waterfall Trail Description – the hike to the waterfall

We began our visit from the Theme Hall parking lot as we would hike in a counterclockwise direction on this semi-looping hike.

Since we did this trail first thing in the morning before breakfast, we started off by hiking 400m along the road towards the tollbooth or entrance gate, where there was also the Sun Link Sea Land God’s Temple.

From there, we then hiked on the 400m Shyrjing Trail (石井磯 [Shíjǐngjī]), which followed the northern banks of the Jiazouliao Stream.

Shanlinhsi_285_10312016 - A small temple or shrine near the tollbooth or entrance gate. I believe it was called the Sun Link Sea Land God's Temple
A small temple or shrine near the tollbooth or entrance gate. I believe it was called the Sun Link Sea Land God’s Temple

We actually continued past a suspension bridge with the number 88 on it (there was some kind of rock resembling a baby elephant here).

Eventually, a short distance further, we made it to a dead-end where we could see the Shyring ji – an interesting series of potholes in the stream.

Back at the suspension bridge, we then crossed to the other side.

Next, we went up some steps before picking up the Chinglong Fern Trail just downstream from the junction with the Yueling Trail (which we didn’t take).

Shanlinhsi_312_10312016 - At the end of the Shyringji Trail, we saw potholes in the stream, which I believe was the natural oddity featured on this spur trail
At the end of the Shyringji Trail, we saw potholes in the stream, which I believe was the natural oddity featured on this spur trail

The Chinglong Fern Trail then skirted the deep gorge where we started to get profile views of the impressive Chinglong Waterfall.

The trail continued to descend gently towards overlooks providing a more frontal view before we reached four-way junction.

Chinglong Waterfall Trail Description – descending to the waterfall’s base

We kept right at the four-way intersection to take the descending trail towards the base of the Chinglong Waterfall.

Early in the descent, we passed by a strangely tilted “Energy House”.

Shanlinhsi_376_10312016 - This was the eccentric and disorienting 'Energy House'
This was the eccentric and disorienting ‘Energy House’

This used to be a restroom facility before an earthquake tilted its foundation.

The result was a pretty trippy and disorienting experience inside the building, which felt as if the building could slide further downslope at any minute!

The descending path provided more glimpses of the inversion layer as we were still above the clouds and the steam (looking more in the direction of Western Taiwan).

Eventually, the trail terminated at an elongated lookout deck with shelter.

Shanlinhsi_436_10312016 - The Chinglong Waterfall as seen from its lower lookout
The Chinglong Waterfall as seen from its lower lookout

This was where we got the closest views of the Chinglong Waterfall that we were going to get.

The trail wouldn’t let us get any closer to the falls so it was pretty much a look-but-don’t-touch waterfall.

Chinglong Waterfall Trail Description – the second Chinglong Waterfall and the Chinglong Fern Trail

After having our fill of this experience at the base of the main Chinglong Waterfall, we then hiked back up to the four-way junction.

Next, I explored the last path to the right.

Shanlinhsi_457_10312016 - The second Chinglong Waterfall
The second Chinglong Waterfall

This 200m or so spur trail led down to the second Chinglong Waterfall (the signs and literature called this the “Chinglong 2th Waterfall”).

Unlike the main Chinglong Falls, this one was significantly thinner and shorter.

Given its more diminished flow, I’d imagine that this was really more of a seasonal or temporary waterfall.

Still, it offered a nice precipitous view towards the inversion layer downslope.

Shanlinhsi_349_10312016 - Back at the overlooks of the Chinglong Waterfall in the Shanlinhsi Nature Park
Back at the overlooks of the Chinglong Waterfall in the Shanlinhsi Nature Park

When we had our fill of this spot, we then returned via the 1.6km Chinglong Fern Trail.

It was a pleasant trail following along the southern banks of the Jiazouliao Stream amidst more tall trees.

At the end of this trail, we’d then cross over a solid footbridge spanning the stream.

Once across the footbridge, we then returned to the Theme Hall part of the Shanlinhsi complex.

Shanlinhsi_506_10312016 - Back at the arched footbridge over the Jiazouliau Stream as we were about to return to the Sun Link Sea Hotel and end our Chinglong Waterfall hike
Back at the arched footbridge over the Jiazouliau Stream as we were about to return to the Sun Link Sea Hotel and end our Chinglong Waterfall hike

So when all was said and done, we had hiked roughly 3.5-4km in total, which took us about 2 hours to complete.

Authorities

The Chinglong Waterfall resides in the Shanlinhsi (or Shanlinxi) Nature Park near the Zhusan Township in Nantou County, Taiwan. It may be administered by the Taiwan National Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Shanlinhsi_268_10312016 - Looking downstream from the bridge near the Theme Hall at the Sun Link Sea Forest and Nature Resort
Shanlinhsi_274_10312016 - Looking upstream from the bridge towards some parked tour buses before starting on the Chinglong Waterfall hike
Shanlinhsi_275_10312016 - Mom walking along the road towards the Shanlinhsi entrance, which was also where we would proceed onto the Chinglong Waterfall hike
Shanlinhsi_276_10312016 - Looking upstream from the road towards the Theme Hall area of Shanlinhsi while walking to the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_280_10312016 - Context of the Shanlinhsi entrance gate and Sun Link Sea Land God's Temple as we approached it en route to the Chinglong Waterfall hike
Shanlinhsi_283_10312016 - Sign board near the entrance for the Shanlinhsi Nature Park just as we were about to leave the road and onto the trails leading to the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_290_10312016 - Starting to hike the Shyring Trail, which followed along the Jiazouliao Stream
Shanlinhsi_294_10312016 - Looking downstream along the Jiazouliao Stream while on the Shyring Trail
Shanlinhsi_295_10312016 - A man-made dam contraption along the Shyring Trail, which expalined why there was so much exposed rock along that trail
Shanlinhsi_304_10312016 - Looking back towards a suspension bridge that we would have to cross to continue hiking to the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_314_10312016 - Another look at the Shyring ji, which was really a series of potholes in the bedrock of the Jiazouliao Stream
Shanlinhsi_317_10312016 - After backtracking from the Shyringji, we crossed this bridge over the Jiazouliao Stream to resume the hike to the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_318_10312016 - Crossing over the suspension bridge over the Jiazouliao Stream with 88 written on it
Shanlinhsi_319_10312016 - Mom enjoying the views on the suspension bridge over the Jiazouliao Stream en route to the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_324_10312016 - Looking back at the suspension bridge over the Jiazouliao Stream as we were climbing up to the Chinglong Fern Trail
Shanlinhsi_327_10312016 - The Chinglong Fern Trail was very lush as we continued to meander towards the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_331_10312016 - The trail started to present dropoff views around the vicinity of the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_340_10312016 - Closer to where the trail started to reveal the deep gorge that contained the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_356_10312016 - Our first look towards the impressive Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_358_10312016 - Mom checking out the Chinglong Falls from one of the lookout platforms
Shanlinhsi_366_10312016 - Direct look at the Chinglong Waterfall before making the final descent to its lower lookout
Shanlinhsi_370_10312016 - One more look at the entire height of the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_373_10312016 - Mom hiking down the trail for the bottom of the Chinglong Falls
Shanlinhsi_375_10312016 - This was the kind of scenery we got to enjoy while making the final descent to the bottom of Chinglong Falls
Shanlinhsi_379_10312016 - Looking towards the inversion layer as we descended to the lower lookout of the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_381_10312016 - Mom continuing to make her way to the base of Chinglong Falls though there was this very brief moment of climbing
Shanlinhsi_383_10312016 - Mom continuing to descend steps to the bottom of the Chinglong Falls
Shanlinhsi_388_10312016 - Our first look from near the bottom of the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_397_10312016 - More focused look at the Chinglong Waterfall from the lower lookout area
Shanlinhsi_400_10312016 - Contextual look from the bottom lookout for the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_406_10312016 - Context of the Chinglong Falls and the last stretch of trail to its end at the bottom of the gorge
Shanlinhsi_409_10312016 - Context of the bottom lookout of the Chinglong Falls
Shanlinhsi_421_10312016 - Direct look at the Chinglong Waterfall from the lower lookout
Shanlinhsi_440_10312016 - Context of Mom checking out the Chinglong Waterfall from the lower lookout
Shanlinhsi_447_10312016 - Now on the short trail descending to the second Chinglong Waterfall after having climbed back up to the four-way intersection
Shanlinhsi_449_10312016 - Approaching the lookout for the second waterfall
Shanlinhsi_454_10312016 - Direct look at the second Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_461_10312016 - Context of Mom taking a quick rest while looking at her phone at the upper lookouts of the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_466_10312016 - While hiking back to the trailhead to conclude our Chinglong Waterfall hike, we couldn't help but wonder to which town or village did these buildings belong to?
Shanlinhsi_468_10312016 - Another look back towards the inversion layer where the smog and the haze seemed to get thicker as we were about to head back from the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_469_10312016 - Mom taking the fork on the right for the Chinglong Fern Trail all the way back to the Theme Hall
Shanlinhsi_470_10312016 - Looking down over the suspension bridge crossing the Jiazouliao Stream on our way back from the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_474_10312016 - Context of the suspension bridge and the Jiazouliao Stream as seen from the Chinglong Fern Trail on our way back from the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_477_10312016 - Mom still following the Chinglong Fern Trail back to the Sun Link Sea Hotel
Shanlinhsi_478_10312016 - Following the Jiazouliao Stream while hiking back from the Chinglong Waterfall
Shanlinhsi_496_10312016 - Looking back downstream as we were continuing our return hike from the Chinglong Waterfall to the Sun Link Sea Hotel
Shanlinhsi_501_10312016 - Mom continuing along the developed Chinglong Fern Trail en route to the Sun Link Sea Hotel
Shanlinhsi_502_10312016 - Finally starting to see the Theme Hall complex again towards the end of our Chinglong Waterfall hike
Shanlinhsi_516_10312016 - Looking back downstream from the footbridge leading back to the Sun Link Sea Hotel marking the end of our hike to the Chinglong Waterfall

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Being in the Shanlinhsi Nature Park, the Chinglong Waterfall excursion shares the same general directions and car park as that of the Songlong Rock Waterfall.

So see that page’s write-up for specific directions on getting here from either Chiayi (嘉義 [Jiāyì]) to the south or Taichung (台中 [Táizhōng]) to the north.

360 degree sweep from a viewpoint providing us with a direct look at the impressive Chinglong Waterfall


Sweep of the impressive falls from the end of the trail at a sheltered viewing deck


Sweep checking out the second Chinglong Waterfall with some views towards the steamy basin in the distance

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