Chinglong waterfall is one of two impressive waterfalls at the Shanlinshi Nature Park and Resort. The nature park is worth a visit even if there weren’t any waterfalls. There is a bontanical garden as well as several great hiking trails. Due to its high elevation and abundant rain everything is covered in moss. Chinglong waterfall tumbles 116 meters down into a turquoise pool. My students were only able to tell me that Chinglong is a not green but not blue (turquoise?) dragon.
The hike: From the main parking lot at Shanlinshi you cross the bridge and turn right. The hike will take about 1.5 hours and it is along a paved trail. You will be able to see the waterfall from the top but the best view is at the bottom of all of the stairs. You can also hike to the smaller Chinglong #2 waterfall along the way. Maps (in English) are available at the visitor center.
How to get there: Take Hwy 151 all the way to the end. Hwy 151 starts out as a typical, sprawling tourist village (near Xitou) but after awhile it becomes an undeveloped, scenic drive. Along the way there are several viewpoints where you can view the mountains from above the clouds. You might see a great sunset outside of Shanlinshi.
Other info: Entrance fee – 250/person and 50/car. Shanlinshi is a nature park and resort with a hotel, restaurant, gift shop, shuttle bus and 3 other waterfalls.
GPS data – waterfall: N23.637841 E120.784121 parking lot: N23.63963 E120.79134