Shifen Waterfall (十分大瀑布) is the most popular waterfall for foreign visitors on the Pingxi Line in New Taipei. Towering in at around 20 meters tall, it’s also Taiwan’s broadest waterfall with a length of over 40 meters, so many people like to say it’s Taiwan’s own little Niagara Falls. The waterfall is particularly impressive if a rainbow appears above the mist. There are numerous photo spots around, so many visitors explore the various platforms and paths to get that perfect Instagram shot!
Many visitors make their way via the Shifen Falls Walk, which starts at the Shifen Visitor Center. Along the way you’ll see sights such as Yanjingdong Falls, as well as the grand Guanpu Suspension Bridge (觀瀑吊橋), which offers spectacular views over the river, as well as being the perfect spot to get a photo of the train heading across. There are also some delightful sculptures along the way, as well as a few other surprises to make this experience more than just seeing a magnificent waterfall. It’s therefore highly recommended to walk here from the station, rather than take a taxi.
How to get there
The nearest station to Shifen Waterfall is Shifen Station on the Pingxi Line. There are trains about once an hour in each direction. If coming from Taipei, first make your way to Ruifang Station on the main line. From Ruifang you can then join the Pingxi Line to Shifen (25 minutes, NT$19). The section on the Pingxi Line is fully covered by the Pingxi Line one day pass.
Once at Shifen Station, head out and walk through Shifen Old Street. From here all you need to do is keep on following signs along Keelong River to the waterfalls, via the Shifen Falls Walk. It takes about 20 minutes on foot.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 6pm (June to September), 9am to 5pm (October to May)
Official website: New Taipei City Tourism