According to some guidebooks there used to be signs calling Shifen Falls the Little Niagara due to its shape. One guidebook even claimed that a sign included a typo calling it the Little Nicaragua. These typos are not uncommon in Chinese speaking countries but I have never seen either of these signs. I first visited Shifen Falls exactly one year ago. Last year was significantly different since a typhoon had hit Taiwan about a week earlier and Shifen Falls was overflowing as you will see from the photos below. Frequently I am disappointed by waterfalls that are barely a trickle when I visit them but after that visit I learned that it’s possible for there to be too much water. Last year there was way too much water.
Shifen Falls is located a 15 minute walk from the Shifen Train Station on the historic Pingxi line. It’s also located at the end of the Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail making it possible to visit 4 impressive waterfalls in an afternoon. There are also several more impressive waterfalls in the Pingxi area that I haven’t visited yet. Here is the link to my waterfall guide for Shifen Falls.