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Off The Beaten Track: Jinyue Waterfall: a wet n’ wild ride

For thrill-seeking river tracers, Jinyue Waterfall is a natural water park with deep pools, rocky chasms and even waterslides

By Richard Saunders  /  Contributing reporter

Narrow back lanes run across the flat alluvial plain between Nanao village and the ocean, giving access to the unspoilt coastline. Head for the stretch south of the village, park at the end of the surfaced road and follow the wide, sandy beach southwards below the dramatic cliffs. After about 30 minutes’ walk there are several sea-eroded caves. The largest has an entrance 15 or 20 meters high, boring at least as deep into the cliff. Although the cave features in local tourist literature and many blogs, its relative remoteness means the cave is generally quieter than Jinyue Waterfall, making it a great place to relax for an hour while contemplating the day’s adventures.

Richard Saunders is a classical pianist and writer who has lived in Taiwan since 1993. He’s the founder of a local hiking group, Taipei Hikers, and is the author of six books about Taiwan, including Taiwan 101 and Taipei Escapes. Visit his Web site at

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