Fenghuang Waterfall (鳳凰瀑布 [Fènghuáng Pùbù])

Fenglin District, Hualien County, Taiwan

About Fenghuang Waterfall (鳳凰瀑布 [Fènghuáng Pùbù])


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2016-10-28
Date last visited: 2016-10-28

Waterfall Latitude: 23.75885
Waterfall Longitude: 121.42359

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The Fenghuang Waterfall (鳳凰瀑布 [Fènghuáng Pùbù]; translated as “Phoenix Waterfall”) was one of a handful of pretty straightforward waterfalls that we visited while self-touring the less-populated Eastern Taiwan.

Since my Mom and I visited this waterfall on the day after visiting the famous Taroko Gorge to the north, we wound up with a splendidly serene and more tangible experience.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_030_10272016 - Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County
Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County

After all, we were the only people here to enjoy it on the morning of our visit.

It contrasted mightily to the busier and grander (yet strangely distant) attraction to the north.

And while this waterfall was more modest in size (we’re guessing it was probably about 15m tall), it still chilled us out.

We especially felt the relief of the light mist from the falls contrasting the stifling tropical heat and humidity that affected most of our visit to Taiwan at the end of October and early November.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_004_10272016 - Context of the short walk leading up to the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County
Context of the short walk leading up to the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County

Apparently, the lack of Autumn during our visit was a bit unusual according to my relatives who live in Taiwan.

Experiencing the Fenghuang Waterfall

Aside from finding the Fenghuang Waterfall (see directions below), our visit was very easy.

Once we stopped the car at a pullout next to a shelter with prayer flags adjacent to it at a hairpin turn, we then walked up a short and gently uphill paved walking path.

The walk was a mere 30m or so ending right at the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_036_10272016 - Mom checking out the Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County
Mom checking out the Fenghuang Waterfall in Hualien County

There were a couple of greenish stones marking the end of the short trail.

Mom thought initially that these stones were jade-like, but I figured they would have been quarried or stolen them if they really were jade.

With a little rock hopping, I was able to get a more frontal look at the twisting falls from the middle of the waterfall’s stream.

Other than that, there wasn’t much else to do with this waterfall so we don’t have much more to say about it.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_041_10272016 - Closer examination of the rock at the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall that Mom thought looked like it could be jade
Closer examination of the rock at the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall that Mom thought looked like it could be jade

Overall, our visit only took about 25 minutes away from the car most of which was spent taking pictures.

Authorities

The Fenghuang Waterfall resides in the Fenglin District in the Hualien County, Taiwan. To my knowledge, it is not administered by an official governmental authority. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting the Taiwan Tourism Bureau website.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_050_10272016 - I wasn't sure if this area was a car park for the temple up ahead or if it was something else, but it turned out that this wasn't quite the Fenghuang Waterfall Trailhead yet
Fenghuang_Waterfall_056_10272016 - Looking up in the distance towards some big but temporary waterfall, but it was not the Fenghuang Waterfall
Fenghuang_Waterfall_057_10272016 - Looking ahead towards some temple at the head of this flat area downhill from the Fenghuang Waterfall Trailhead
Fenghuang_Waterfall_001_10272016 - Looking back at the road leading up to the Fenghuang Waterfall
Fenghuang_Waterfall_009_10272016 - Mom making her way up the footpath to the base of Fenghuang Falls
Fenghuang_Waterfall_014_10272016 - Our first look at the Fenghuang Waterfall
Fenghuang_Waterfall_022_10272016 - More direct look at the Fenghuang Waterfall from the middle of its stream just as the morning sun started to penetrate its top
Fenghuang_Waterfall_044_10272016 - Mom making her way back down the trail from the Fenghuang Waterfall to the car
Fenghuang_Waterfall_046_10272016 - Mom making it back to the parked car at the Fenghuang Waterfall Trailhead
Fenghuang_Waterfall_049_10272016 - Prayer flags (I think) next to the shelter by the trailhead for Fenghuang Waterfall

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We drove to the Fenghuang Waterfall from Hualien City (花蓮市 [Huālián Shì]) so that’s how we’ll describe the driving directions.

We headed south of Hualien City along the Tai-9 Highway (台力) for about 31km towards the town of Fenglin (鳳林 [Fènglín]; meaning “Phoenix Forest”).

Fenghuang_Waterfall_052_10272016 - Driving through an open park-like area where we weren't quite sure if we were supposed to park here and walk up to the Fenghuang Waterfall or if we were supposed to keep driving
Driving through an open park-like area where we weren’t quite sure if we were supposed to park here and walk up to the Fenghuang Waterfall or if we were supposed to keep driving

Then, we then kept right at a fork to leave the Tai-9 onto Zhongzheng Road Section 2 (中正路二段 [Zhōng zhèng lù èr duàn]) to go into the town itself (as staying on the Tai-9 highway would bypass the town).

Continuing on Zhongzheng Road Section 2 for the next 1.2km, we then turned right onto Shuiyuan Road (水源路 [Shuǐ yuán lù]) or Hua-46 (花46).

By now there should be signs for the Fenghuang Waterfall (or 鳳凰瀑布).

Continuing on Shuiyuan Road for about 2.4km, we passed through an archway then entered some kind of park or parking area.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_054_10272016 - We spotted this brown sign pointing the way to the Fenghuang Waterfall while driving slowly through a park area
We spotted this brown sign pointing the way to the Fenghuang Waterfall while driving slowly through a park area

Then, we saw a faint brown sign for the Fenghuang Waterfall telling us to turn right and follow a narrow road past a bridge over the Fenglin River (鳳林溪 [Fènglín Xī]).

Afterwards, we continued up a narrower paved road that climbed the final 550m up to a hairpin turn, where there was a shelter and shoulder space for parking.

This was the trailhead for the falls.

Overall, we spent about 45 minutes on this drive.

Fenghuang_Waterfall_007_10272016 - Looking back at the hairpin turn where we stopped the car and walked to the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall
Looking back at the hairpin turn where we stopped the car and walked to the base of the Fenghuang Waterfall

For geographical context, the Fenglin Township was about 36km south of Hualien City. Hualien City was 98km (over 2 hours drive) south of the Su’ao Township, 122km south of Yilan City (over 2.5 hours drive or less than an hour by train), and 173km south of Taipei (over 3 hours drive or 2 hours by train). Hualien City was also 173km north of Taitung (台東 [Táidōng]; 3.5 hours drive or over 4 hours by train).

360 degree sweep at the base of the waterfall while also examining its full height

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