Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Waterfall (Chinese: 十分大瀑布; pinyin: Shífēn Dà Pùbù) is a scenic waterfall located in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, on the upper reaches of the Keelung River. The falls' total height is 20 metres (66 ft) and 40 metres (130 ft) in width, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan.[1] It is a cascade waterfall in which the water flows in one direction and the rock is sloped in the opposite.[2]

Shifen Waterfall
十分大瀑布
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LocationKeelung River, Pingxi, New Taipei, Taiwan
Coordinates25°2′57.8″N 121°47′15.86″E / 25.049389°N 121.7877389°E / 25.049389; 121.7877389Coordinates: 25°2′57.8″N 121°47′15.86″E / 25.049389°N 121.7877389°E / 25.049389; 121.7877389
TypeTiered
Total height20 m (66 ft)
Total width40 m (131 ft)
WatercourseKeelung River

NameEdit

The name Shifen was taken from the 10 original families who develop the area in Pingxi.[3] The waterfall also is nicknamed the Little Niagara of Taiwan.[4]

GeologyEdit

The riverbed of the waterfall consists of several potholes which was caused by the uneven flow of the river, thus creating vortexes that traps passing rocks and causing them to spin and carve holes.[3]

AccessEdit

The waterfall is at about 2 km northeast of Shifen station of Taiwan Railways.

The land surrounding the waterfall was private land for a long time and a private company collected entrance fees from the visitors. In 2014, New Taipei city's Tourism and Travel Department acquired the land around the waterfall and created a municipal park and made the admission to the park free.

During the summer from June 1 to Sep 30, the park's opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the latest time for visitors to enter the park is 5:30 p.m. During the rest of the year from Oct 1 to May 31, opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the latest time for visitors to enter the park is 4:30 p.m.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lonely Planet: Taiwan (sixth edition) by Andrew Bender, Julie Grundvig, Robert Kelly (page 130)
  2. ^ Liao, Geoge (2 October 2018). "Shifen Waterfall". Taiwan News. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Shifen Waterfall". Round Taiwan Round. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b News, Taiwan. "Shifen Waterfall in New Taipei to close one hour earlier in the next eight months". Taiwan News. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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