Lover’s Gorge (Cingren) is one of those perfect waterfalls. There is even a waterfall in the parking lot (1st tier) and there is a perfect swimming pool with ropes to climb and jump in. There is a small pavilion and it is possible to reach a 3rd (I have been) and a 4th tier (a friend has been). The entire trail was rebuilt around 2013 or 2014. The waterfall will likely be dry by January although the pool will still be full.
Rating and difficulty – Easy – <1km round trip – 30 minutes
How to get there – It is located directly across the valley from Maolin Village. In Maolin Village follow the signs to Lover’s Gorge (Cingren) downhill until you see two bridges. Cars and scooters are able to cross on the larger bridge. After crossing the bridge just follow the road another 0.5 km to the end. Parking is limited so cars might need to get creative or walk a little further.
The hike – Go up the stairs and cross the new bridge. The trail to the 3rd tier (in terrible shape) is on the right when you get to the pavilion. The waterfall viewing platform is right after the pavilion.
This is a perfect swimming hole but always be careful. In September 2015 a 17 year old Taiwanese student drowned. There was some speculation that he was pulled under by the force of the waterfall. This occurred a few weeks after a typhoon.
GPS info – waterfall N22.87530 E120.66682 – parking lot N22.87591 E120.66640
Other info – no entry fee. Parking lot with bathrooms. Camping is better at Deengorge Guesthouse 4-5 kms away.
Dates visited – 12/4/2011, 2/19/2012, 11/1/2015