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Lingjiao Waterfall

Spectacular waterfall near Lingjiao Station

Lingjiao Waterfall

Lingjiao Waterfall (嶺脚瀑布) is an impressive waterfall on the Pingxi Line in New Taipei. With its cool, calm water, the pool below is a popular spot to take a soak or swim in the hot summer weather.

While it used to be rather unknown to tourists, in recent years more people have started to learn about it via social media. One particular feature that you’ll notice is the Hobbit-style concrete buildings to the left of the waterfall, which seem to have been an attempt several decades back to build Lingjiao Waterfall into a major tourist spot. It’s now abandoned, with the local plant life growing through and around it. It’s rather mysterious to say the least, and fun to explore.

This famous waterfall could also be combined with the Mount Lingjiaoliao Trail that leads up to the less well-known, but also impressive, Wanggu Waterfall. It’s easiest to do Lingjiao Waterfall first, then head back to the station to start your hike.

How to get there

The waterfall is located near to Lingjiao Station on the Pingxi Line. This station can be accessed via almost hourly services from Ruifang Station (35 to 40 minutes, NT$30), which is on the main line from Taipei. It’s also possible to use the discount Pingxi Line pass.

The path down the train tracks, just before heading down to the waterfall

From Lingjiao Station, exit and head left over the track, where you’ll see a sign pointing to the waterfall. Just before you get to the bridge, head down the path to the left, and walk down past the community center. Soon after you get back to the tracks. Finally, walk a little further down and eventually you’ll see dirt tracks on your right side that head down to the waterfall.

Hours and fees

Hours: Open 24 hours

Admission: Free

Official website: New Taipei City Travel

Written by Matthew Baxter

After writing a few books about Japan and New Zealand, I've decided to explore Taiwan and put my expertise into writing about this beautiful place. I love to travel around Taiwan!

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