2nd Tier of Shenshan Waterfall 神山瀑布
Shenshan and Wutai Villages have been rebuilt into vibrant aboriginal villages. In 2012 I visited Shenshan Waterfall and the village was a deserted ghost town but now the there are many restaurants with great views and many examples of aboriginal art designed into the buildings and walls. I visited Shenshan Waterfall but I didn’t know at the time was that there two lower tiers for Shenshan Waterfall. Unfortunately a major rockslide filled in the pool at the 1st (upper) tier of Shenshan Waterfall (photo from before the rockslide). The 2nd tier of Shenshan Waterfall is a great swimming hole with crystal clear blue tinted water.
Rating and length – easy – <10 minutes
Accessibility – cars can drive back there – the 1st tier might be a little slippery but the 2nd tier has a very nice path built to it
The hike – Both hikes are easy 5-10 minute walks from the road.
How to get there – Shenshan Waterfall is located beneath Shenshan village about west of Wutai on highway 24. Beneath is a very accurate term since you will turn left (north) in Shenshan village and go down about 7 switchbacks (1st tier of Shenshan). You will be able to see the waterfall from one of the switchback corners and there is a trail leading through a farm to the waterfall. The 2nd tier of Shenshan Waterfall is an additional 4 switchbacks down the road. The 2nd tier entrance is currently (4/2016) fenced off. They are doing trail work (concrete railings) but the workers allowed us to go back to the waterfall. There is also 3rd tier of the waterfall near the river at the bottom of the valley (directions at followxiaofei.com).
GPS info – 1st tier of Shenshan Waterfall – N22.75369, E120.73038
Other info – You will need to go through a mountain checkpoint to travel on highway 24. The process is very informal for day trips and you will only have to show ID (passport or ARC).
Date visited – 10/7/2012 – 9/12/2015 – 4/26/2016