This isn’t going to be a long post. Whilst the Golden Waterfall is a beautiful and fascinating little spot, you’d struggle to spend more than 30 minutes there. And I’d struggle to spend more than 30 minutes writing about it.
Located in the area most famous for gold mining during the Japanese occupation, near one of Taiwan’s most visited tourist spots Jiufen (much more on that later), the waterfall is just 1-2 stops on the bus from everywhere else you’re likely to be.
The waterfall isn’t the biggest or most impressive Taiwan has to offer. Hell, in my opinion there are even cooler waterfalls within a few miles of this one. And I almost definitely wouldn’t leave Taipei just to see it. But if you’re already in the area I’d encourage you to take a look.
The waterfall runs down into what is popularly known as the Yin-Yang Sea, getting its name from its unique colour – a mixture of yellow and blue and expressing the natural concept of duality. I’ve only ever seen it from atop a couple of the nearby mountains and I’d assumed it was due to pollution / chemical runoff. However, apparently, that’s not the case and it’s actually a natural occurence caused by water running over and through mineral (sulfur, arsenic and copper) rich soil – it was there before the mining started and it’s still there many years after it stopped. Still, the debate rages on.
Regardless of how it’s caused, the result is the same. The water has turned the rocks of the waterfall yellow / orange over time, hence the name – the Golden Waterfall. This contrasts beautifully with the bright lush green grass surrounding it.
You can’t get too close to the falls. If you’ve ever been hiking in Taiwan, you’ll have noticed that the Taiwanese government is big on health and safety. Therefore, there are many guardrails in place and as close as you can get is onto the viewing platform. Still, if it protects the area for years to come, I’d say it’s well worth it.
Without further ado (and mainly because there really isn’t much more to say), here’s a few photos of Taipei’s Golden Waterfall. Until next time!