THE HOME OF WATER
Shifen Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfall in Taiwan. Shifenliao is the name of the area around Shifen being called.It is just one of the amazing waterfalls over there.It is also known as the little Niagara of Taiwan which is worth its name as the flowing of water resembles Niagara Waterfalls.
Shifen Waterfall is a beautiful scenic waterfall located in Pingxi district of Taiwan on upper parts of Keelung river.It is balanced between Dahua and Shifen Stations on the Pingxi Line.It is a waterfall of 15 to 20 m height and with a width of 40 m.The water ferociously slide from the top and reach the pool of water.
The Shifen Waterfall is located near Shifen train station which goes along the Pingxi line from where we can reach the waterfall in 20 minutes.As it is resided in the forest area covered with mountains,it is just an awesome beauty.On sunny days,it picturesques a rainbow which is a great attraction which names the waterfall as ‘Rainbow Pond’.The water flows on one side and the sloping of the rocks is on the other side of the Waterfall.
This is just a peaceful experience to watch to enlighten our moods which are bored by our routines.The Shifen Waterfall is really a worth to watch its natural beauty and its curved rocks but the constant rupture due to rocks through water causes potholes in the water.The trip to the waterfall is free of cost but the entrance to the Theme Park fares a ticket.
The walk to the Shifen Waterfall is difficult as it is a narrow path with different vehicles trolling fastly. So, we need to be cautious if we opt for a walk to Shifen Waterfalls as there is no pavement properly constructed which leads to dangers.
Hiking is another interesting attraction which is a 15 minute walk to the east of the waterfall with plenty of sign boards across the road which shows the way.
Also,we can do the trial walking which is also quite famous -Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail along the path of train off in Sandiaoling which nearly takes an approximate time period of 3 to 4 hours including the visit to Shifen Waterfalls.
Shifen is really a place of peace with a slow comfort with its simple living.Also,it is a perfect romantic place for couples.
Shifen Visitor Center is situated in the Ruifang Special Scenic Area which covers about an area of 56.89 hectares from the upper banks of the Keelung river and surrounding Shifen.This stunning heaven is perfectly embarked with beautiful mountains,waterfalls and many more which are widely attracted by the visitors.It can be reached by a 15 minute walk from the station which presents free video viewings daily which are reserved by phone and also sky lantern classes which are a percte gorgeous view in nights.It gives both english and chinese brochures which are useful for every other tourist from other countries.
Also,there is another waterfall nearby Pingxi Line which is named as Eyeglass Waterfall situated near Keelung River.Here due to a lengthy period of erosion,two unusual caves have been formed in the rocks surrounding the waterfall.Due to the perfectly shining water with its two caves,the waterfall got its name as Eyeglass Waterfall.The beauty can be viewed through the Suspension Bridge.The waterfall here is smaller but magnificient.
Another attraction near the Shifen Waterfalls is the Shifen Old Street which is a busiest visitors spot.It provides a unique walking path for the pedestrians.Also,the Old Railroad environment is a perfect one for family stroll or for couples.
The sky lanterns are an extra activity present which are released into the railroad area which are used as a symbol for their living and their safety.They lit lanterns in a hope that their unanswered prayers are fulfilled.
In November,it is a season of Alpina ginger which blossoms white flowers wit dots .The flowers are very fragrant which adds its sweetness and citrusness.
The coal mine and Mining train are worth to visit in Taiwan which is a unique one which satisfies our eyes with its amazingness.
Jiufen is one of the interesting place to visit. Even though there is no such spectacular places to visit,it is just a comfort to our long trip which soothes us to relax with its peace living place.We can stroll along by having food vendors and craft markets on side of the roads and we can watch the view from the old tea houses and enjoy the best view of the Pacific Ocean.This village is an isolated one until one day gold was discovered and due to it,demand for housing increased and some slave camps has been setup with most inhuman treatment and gradually the gold ran out and the mining activities of gold was closed eventually.
Thus,Shifen Waterfalls is one of the sight seeing place to watch over with many of its attractions to visit and enlighten our lives.