It wasn’t easy finding 10 different (and active) bloggers that have been to waterfalls in Taiwan that I haven’t been to. This isn’t my full to do list for this year but these are 10 more great ones that I hope to add to my waterfall guide. Some of these will be more of a challenge than others because of where they are located but this year I will be putting on a lot of kilometers in cars, motorcycles (bicycle?), trains, buses and maybe even a plane ride (Hualien?).
One thing that I discovered while researching this blog is just how many excellent bloggers are covering Taiwan. I follow a lot of bloggers in Taiwan (and everywhere) but there are still so many that haven’t shown up on my radar. This is by no means a comprehensive list of bloggers but I would love to know some of your favorites. I would really love to know of bloggers that have been to waterfalls that I haven’t been to yet. You can check my site for all of the waterfalls that I have been to and I will include a list of some additional notable ones at the bottom of this post. I am certain that there are some great bloggers that have been to waterfalls that I haven’t been to.
Check out previous great bloggers blogs
None of the photos below are mine. I contacted each blogger prior to blogging for permission to use a photo and link to their blog. I encourage you to visit their sites to see more of their great work.
- Asher and I have been exploring southern Taiwan together for the last 2 years. He has a little bit of a different style than I do and the only thing that will keep him out of the water are the recent cold temps. This spectacular photo captured him jumping off of Lingjiao Waterfall in Pingxi a few months ago. He has finally started blogging and has an excellent waterfall guide for Taiwan. You can check it out at followxiaofei.com
2. Emily has since left Taiwan and she is now blogging her adventures in Mexico. At the time I wasn’t aware of Fenghuang Waterfall in Chaiyi but it has been on my to do list for almost one year. It has been nicknamed 1000 step waterfall due to the many stairs that need to be walked down. You can follow her travels at everythingisgolden.wordpress.com.
3. I loved my trip to Yilan last year (11/2014) and was able to add 5 great waterfalls to my site. Houdongkeng Waterfall is another nice one that Thomas added to his blog. Yilan is a bit tricky to travel to from Kaohsiung but it is pretty amazing and I should figure out how to make another trip up there. You can follow his blog at randomibis.wordpress.com.
4. In all honesty very few serious hikers travel all the way to Wuling Farm just for Taoshan Waterfall. There just happens to be a really nice waterfall on one of the best high mountain hikes in Taiwan. The Wuling Sixiu is part of the Sheipa (Snow Mountain) National Park system and features 4 of Taiwan’s top 100 peaks.
Martin Rubli has an extensive list of highly detailed high mountain hikes on his site and is a great resource for those planning high mountain trips in Taiwan. I have tentative plans to do this trip with Taiwan Adventures in April so hopefully I can check this waterfall (and the other 4 peaks) off of my list. You can follow his site at rubli.info
5. Dajianshan is a nice hike with several waterfalls east of Taipei. In addition to posting about Hidden Places in Taiwan, Tom is an outstanding artist that draws aerial views of cities. You can follow him on FB (here) or on his site – overthecity.asia
6. Fengmei Waterfall is at the very end of long road in Miaoli County. I completely underestimated just how long it would take to get back there two years ago on a trip to Miaoli and Hsinchu. I haven’t had a chance to return but will have to schedule another trip to Luzhang this summer. A Conscious Venture went on a great river tracing trip back to the waterfall but there is also a 40 minute hiking trail back there. You can follow her at aconsciousventure.com
7. Richard Saunders is in the midst of publishing his 7th book (2 out of print) on travel in Taiwan. One of his hobbies is finding hidden places and especially waterfalls. Golden Grotto (not exactly unknown) is one of the top river traces in Taiwan and has been on my to do list for a couple of years. Travel logistics (Kaohsiung to Hualien) have prevented me from making the trip but this year I will have Fridays off and it will be a lot easier.
Richard has been nearly everywhere in Taiwan and his blogs, guidebooks and group trips have been immensely valuable for my own adventures. His FB hiking group (Taipei Hikers) has grown to over 3000 members with 10-15 hiking trips being led each month by a variety of great hike leaders. It is free to participate in any of the hikes (space is limited on weekend hikes) and you can follow his blog at taiwandiscovery.wordpress.com
8. Yinhe Waterfall is a small waterfall that flows over a temple. It is part of the Maokong region and can be accessed via the Maokong Gondola or by bus. BikeHikeTaipei has been busy and has compiled an extensive list of hikes (and bikes) around the Taipei area. You can follow his site at hikebiketaipei.wordpress.com
9. Golden Waterfall is a popular oddity near Jiufen. It is debatable whether or not the water is toxic but the color is due to a naturally occurring mineral. I still wouldn’t drink the water but I have to visit sometime to see the vivid colors. Catherine splits her year between several places and her blog is full of interesting places all over the globe. Follow her at cattanblog.wordpress.com
10. Josh Ellis is one of the top photographer/bloggers that I follow. He covers a broad range of topics in Taiwan but his specialty is the cultural side of Taiwan imo. He does pretty well at waterfalls also though and has been many places that I haven’t yet. I recommend checking out his Best of 2015 blog post to see his full array of work.
Manyueyuan (Full Moon) Forest Recreation Area has always been on my to do list (like many other places) but I so rarely take trips to northern Taiwan and I haven’t been there yet. There are several waterfalls (as many as 10) located in the park or just outside the park and many hiking trails. You can follow him at goteamjosh.com
Some other notable waterfalls that I haven’t been to yet
Sandie Waterfall, Taipingshan, Yilan County (possibly inaccessible permanently)
Guanwu Waterfall, Hsinchu (closed for seemingly 5 of the last 6 years)
Butterfly Valley Waterfall, Taichung
Aohua Waterfall, Yilan County
Guanyin Waterfall, Chaiyi County
Shuiliandong, Caoling, Yunlin County
Longfeng and Changqing Waterfall, Yunlin County