Cascading Riches Golden Waterfall – Northern Taiwan
Going far north in Taiwan, I was amazed to see the Golden Waterfall near Gold Ecological Park in Jinguashi. This is a favourite local spot for wedding photography. The scenery is Nature’s painting of golden hues against a backdrop of clear blue skies and long wild grasses.
The name “Golden Waterfall” may conjure up the vision of cascading riches of golden coins. I know that’s what I envisioned when I headed there. I thought of finally getting the GPS for the proverbial pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. Wishful thinking!
I didn’t find actual gold cascades (sad day!) from the famed Golden Waterfall that day. Sigh. The abundance of rainfall and metal deposits in the riverbed radiate a gold-like colour. That winked and teased when the sunlight hits the right spot. Everything glows with a golden hue!
The name of the waterfall in Chinese, 黃金瀑布 reflects the golden appearance I was told. This plus the fact that I can’t read Mandarin lead me to be more gullible! Yes, it’s possible. I fail big time if I have to order food from a full Chinese menu.
LUMINOUS LONG GREEN GRASSES
I walked around in trepidation. Areas of tall ornamental grasses no matter how pretty is not something I fancy. I was told that cluttered environments or lawns with tall grasses draw mice and rats. Surely it will attract snakes.
My group seemed to have lost their senses. They’re fearless walking around enthralled by the surrounding hillside. And those luminous long green grasses.
ARE THERE SNAKES IN THE GRASS?
I made vague references to meeting Mr. “Long” acronym for snakes. It fell on deaf ears.
The cascade of gold contrasts against this natural beauty and makes it an Instagram worthy place for impressive photographs!
The wind blew. It was cool and chilly at times. Everyone was happy.
I stayed stubbornly on the tarmac. Took a few photos reluctantly.
Sometimes fears rise. I gulped.
I turned to my partner.
“No snakes’ la! They’ve gone on holiday. Don’t worry.”
“So you’re saying there are snakes here?”
“No no no.”
“No no no???”
“Well, remember the Ice Age and Ireland?”
I wasn’t going to be lulled into this.
“We’re in Taiwan. It’s not Ireland. You’re not going to fool me with that one!” I quipped and ran up to hide in the bus.
I’ve seen enough tall grasses for a lifetime. No matter how ornamental. Or how pretty it looks. I didn’t care if I’ll find gold. I wasn’t going to stick around and meet Mr Slithering!
How to Get There?
Golden Waterfall is located somewhere along the road between Jinguashi and Shuinandong. The waterfall is just by the road going up a slope. We took a guided tour there. It was brilliant, as we didn’t need to walk much. There is no entrance fee for viewing this waterfall.
You can do a quick check for the latest deal to book a Jiufen and Shifen (Pingxi) Shuttle Bus from Ximen MRT Station. This is a cheap, quick and easy way to see the sights in this area. Believe me, it’s just too long a distance to try to walk!
TRAVEL TIPS FOR VISITING GOLDEN WATERFALL, JINGUASHI
The colour of the waterfall appears to be golden and this makes it stunning and beautiful.
On a cautionary note.
Do not touch the water as there are heavy metal deposits. The water is poisonous with heavy arsenic content!
Do not take any rock souvenirs home either!
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