Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù])

Yangmingshan National Park / Shimen District, Xinbei (New Taipei City), Taiwan

About Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù])

Hiking Distance: 3km round trip
Suggested Time: 90-120 minutes

Date first visited: 2016-11-04
Date last visited: 2016-11-04

Waterfall Latitude: 25.23849
Waterfall Longitude: 121.5552

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The Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù]; translated as “Blue Mountain Waterfall”) was a modestly-sized waterfall on the quieter north side of Yangmingshan (陽明山 [Yángmíngshān]), which was an area more known for hot springs than a nature hike like this. Our relatively quiet experience with both the hike and the waterfall itself was a bit of a surprise to us because it was so close to the metropolitan city of Taipei (as it was just on the other side of Yangmingshan), yet it seemed like a whole other world away as the scenery was very naturesque and tranquil. Anyways, as you can see from the photo above, this waterfall had a pleasing fan or triangular shape (though it was probably aided from the heavy rains in the area earlier on in the morning of our hike), and I’m guessing it was probably about 15-20m tall.

From the signed car park, we walked back along the road towards a roadside stand. After passing through the stand, which had picnic tables and locally-sourced food, we then climbed up a flight of steps ascending above the road and ultimately towards a small plot of farm land adjacent to the trail. The trail initially meandered alongside the small plots of land (where they were growing local vegetables) then it curved alongside a valley carved out by the Laomei Stream (老梅溪 [Lǎoméi Xī]; translated as “Old Lady Stream”). Along this stretch of the trail, we followed along a ditch that I’m guessing diverted water from the creek from further upstream and ultimately irrigated the small farm plot.

The trail continued to follow along the ditch while the valley closed in the further along the trail we went. After another 300m or so, the irrigation ditches started to disappear as the trail then crossed and meandered alongside one of the forks of the Laomei Stream. After crossing a few bridges traversing the stream, the trail then became a bit rougher as it followed along the stream banks involving a small bit of minor bouldering. We had to be careful due to the wet nature of the boulders given the rains. Anyways, this stretch would persist for the next 400-500m before we finally climbed up to the lookout deck yielding the view of Qingshan Waterfall that you see pictured at the top of this page.

Once we were at the falls, I noticed that the trail apparently kept going up the mountain, but it was closed so we can’t say anything more about it. Thus, we spent time basking in the reward of making it all the way here, and when we had our fill of this place, we did the mostly downhill hike all the way back to the car. On the return hike, we noticed quite a few more people making their way up (we were the only people at the falls as well as the entire hike up here), which illustrated just how popular this place can be despite the bad weather. When all was said and done, we wound up finishing the hike in a little over 90 minutes covering a distance of around 3km round trip.

Qingshan_Waterfall_004_11032016 - Looking back at the roadside stand right at the trailhead for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_007_11032016 - Mom making her way up the steps as we left the food stand at the trailhead
Qingshan_Waterfall_010_11032016 - After the initial climb, the trail flattened out somewhat as it now skirted a small plot of someone's farm
Qingshan_Waterfall_011_11032016 - Looking back down the mountain towards the ocean, which was hard to see given how gray it was on this day
Qingshan_Waterfall_013_11032016 - Roughly the first two-thirds of the hike followed along this concrete surface flanked by a ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_015_11032016 - The trail crossed the ditch every so often
Qingshan_Waterfall_018_11032016 - Mom continuing along the well-defined trail that also followed along a ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_026_11032016 - Still hiking along the somewhat paved trail skirting alongside the ditch while the valley from the Laomei Stream continued to close in
Qingshan_Waterfall_032_11032016 - Mom still hiking along the ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_034_11032016 - Mom approaching the part where the trail started to follow closely with the Laomei Stream while the ditch started to disappear
Qingshan_Waterfall_041_11032016 - Mom crossing one of the bridges over a fork of the Laomei Stream
Qingshan_Waterfall_047_11032016 - The Qingshan Waterfall Trail was now rockier and a bit rougher than the initial part that followed the ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_050_11032016 - Mom continuing along the rougher part of the trail skirting the Laomei Stream
Qingshan_Waterfall_057_11032016 - One of the bouldering parts of the hike as we crossed a drier part of the Laomei Stream
Qingshan_Waterfall_070_11032016 - Some parts of the trail still had older sections that might have seen damage from past floods
Qingshan_Waterfall_071_11032016 - Looking upstream from a bridge where we could finally start to see part of the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_080_11032016 - Mom on the final climb leading up to the viewing deck for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_081_11032016 - Mom made it to the viewing deck for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_034_11032016 - Mom approaching the part where the trail started to follow closely with the Laomei Stream while the ditch started to disappear
Qingshan_Waterfall_110_11032016 - Context of the viewing deck fronting the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_106_11032016 - Angled look at the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_114_11032016 - On the return hike, these were the first hikers that we encountered
Qingshan_Waterfall_128_11032016 - Mom carefully descending the wet and slippery rocks
Qingshan_Waterfall_139_11032016 - Following along the ditch-flanking part of the trail again
Qingshan_Waterfall_145_11032016 - Back at the small plot of farm land
Qingshan_Waterfall_147_11032016 - Mom making the final descent back down to the food stand at the trailhead as well as the car park further up the road


Since we made our visit to the Qingshan Waterfall from Keelung (基隆 [Jīlóng]), we’ll make the recommended driving route from there. We’ll spare you the unnecessary detours that our Taiwan GPS made us go on and give you the most direct route.

So from the junction of the Tai-2 Highway and the Tai-2甲 Highway (the character is pronounced “jiǎ”) in Keelung, we drove north along the Tai-2 for about 15km before turning left at a light onto the Zhucaotan Road (豬槽潭路 [Zhūcáotán Lù]; also labeled as 北17 Road where the character is pronounced “běi” meaning “north”). Pay attention to this left turn because we missed it when we first got here, and we didn’t recall seeing a sign for the Qingshan Waterfall going west on the Tai-2, but we did see it going east on the Tai-2 when we were backtracking.

Qingshan_Waterfall_005_11032016 - The turnoff for the car park for the Qingshan Waterfall
The turnoff for the car park for the Qingshan Waterfall

Nevertheless, we would continue on the 北17 Road for the next 5km eventually reaching the well-signposted turnoff for the car park on our left as the road was climbing just past Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead, where there was a food stand. There were a couple of legal spots on the upper part of the car park, but there were more unpaved parking spaces further down the car park if the upper part was full. Overall, this drive would take us a little over an hour covering about 42km.

Finally, for some geographical context, Keelung was about 24km northeast of Taipei (臺北 or 台北 in simplified Chinese [Táiběi]; taking roughly 30 minutes using mostly the expressways). However, we also managed to make the 42km drive from Qingshan Waterfall to Taipei City (to return the rental car) though that wound up taking us nearly 2 hours due to the heavy congestion within Taipei City itself as this route was devoid of expressways.

Sweep starting with the rough (and closed) trail continuing beyond the falls before walking back to the main viewing deck for a more frontal look at the falls

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