Last updated on Jan 2018.
I never thought that going from Shifen to Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布 could be this difficult. From the countless readouts I have gotten, none of it mentioned it was difficult to be there. So much so that it nearly spoiled the beautiful dream I had of Shifen.
We were at Shifen then to release the famous Sky Lantern and enjoying one of the most unforgettable days we had in Taipei. It was near to 1 pm when we decided to move on to Shifen Waterfall. Shifen Sky Lantern
How to go to Shifen Waterfall十分瀑布
Of course, the easiest way to be there is to take a taxi to Shifen Waterfall, it costs about NT$200 or US$ 5.50 and takes less than 5 minutes. There are plenty of taxis available at the entrance of Shifen Old Street.
Another way is to go there by renting a bike, as shown in the above picture yellow signage. It says no driving license is required, and it takes only 5 minutes to be there instead of taking 30 minutes to walk.
The yellow coloured arrow in the following picture shows the direction to Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布 。
The route to Shifen is easy, along the way, there are many direction signages to guide you. It’s very straightforward, no left turn and right turn to confuse you.
We went through a long row of shophouses, it’s another way to see how people live here.
After 10 minutes walk, we hit the first destination: Shifen Visitor Centre.
Go collect all the information you want about Shifen or Shifen Waterfall in this Visitor Centre. There is a café here for tired travelers.
This Shifen Visitor Centre is the last stop for all visitors to either continue or give up the trip. If you have taken a taxi or bus, you need to alight here too. For the authorities allow no vehicles to go beyond here. Mind you, it gets tougher as you proceed further.
The map tells you that going by foot to Shifen Waterfalls only takes you 15 minutes. Wow, so easy, could have come another 10 times! That’s what we thought.
That’s the map of Shifen Waterfall. (Above picture)
From here on, it takes only another 5 minutes to reach Shifen Waterfall. But the route to it was the toughest, it was going up and down the wooden stairs……
……and down many steep slopes.
With no sight of the waterfall and no sound of it, you could feel that you actually are hiking the mountain rather than to come to see the waterfall.
Surprisingly, Shifen Waterfall is rather ‘quite’.
If you could get past the rocky road, congratulations, let’s enjoy the scenic view of Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布!
We arrived at a time when it was either raining or drizzling the whole day since early morning, hidden in the forested mountain, Shifen Waterfalls was rather misty.
The first impression of the waterfall is it looked rather small. Many said it is the Niagara Falls of Taiwan, and having seen Niagara Falls of America just 2 years back, I was wondering which part of Shifen Waterfall are they actually comparing to?
The comparison is not fair to Shifen Waterfall. With due respect, it is really beautiful. The only thing that is lacking is the sound of the fall. I hardly hear any roaring sound one usually associate with a waterfall. She is rather quiet, she is too shy to make much noise.
Due to the poor weather, only a few visitors were there at the time of visit.
Perhaps, it is because we’re seeing the waterfall from higher ground, it makes the waterfall less impactful.
In my first visit to Shifen, I had failed to come due to being unaware of its closing time. Today, 4 months after, I come again, I finally got to see it personally, but it was a big disappointment. A place which I wanted to come and see so much, in the end, gave me little in return.
Leaving Shifen Waterfall? It’s as tough as coming! Look at the following picture:
You have got a hundred steps of stairs to climb, brace yourself for that.
At the top of the hill did we realized that we might have come to Shifen Waterfall too early. We saw that the construction of a lift to the waterfall was actually in progress, I guessed it should be completed by another 3-4 months.
Despite having a lift, unless shutter service is provided, still you need to walk all the way in. Well, it seems that hiking Shifen Waterfall is unavoidable.
At the top of the mountain, we could see a slight overview of the waterfall.
We were very glad that finally, we arrived back at Shifen Visitor Centre, where the taxi is readily available. We eagerly hoped onto one and left the unwanted hiking of Shifen Waterfall.
10 months later, I came again in 2018 and discovered another way to the waterfall, that’s through the backdoor of Shifen Visitor Centre. This is the most recommended route.
Saw that suspension bridge linking the Visitor Centre? It’s at the back of the center.
The scenery along the way, though not particularly interesting, is much better than the route we took earlier.
The unavoidable thing is instead of steep slopes and stairs, here we just need to go through the stairs. I find that this is less tiring. From Shifen Visitor Centre to Shifen Waterfall, it’s just a 15-minute walk, but along the way, I get to enjoy two mini waterfalls.
Coming down from the stairs of the bridge.
Feeling tired? There is a food stall waiting for you.
The food stall is just beside the waterfall.
And here I am, Shifen Waterfall十分瀑布! It was my second visit!
The view of Shifen Waterfall is so much better than from the opposite side. A visitor could get so close to the falls. The roaring sound and the view of the falls is simply spectacular! The temperature was 15-degree Celcius then, rather cold.
From here, a visitor could go to the opposite side of the falls through the stairs, it’s just a 5-minute walk.
So how much time we took to reach Shifen Waterfall from Shifen Old Street? Whichever route you take, it’s a 30 minutes walk.
Take note of the closing time to the waterfall, 4 months ago it was still 5.30 pm, now it has changed to 4.30 pm.
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