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Is Qingshui Cliff in Taiwan Really Worth Visiting?

Qingshui Cliff is located on the East Coast of Taiwan. But is it really worth visiting or is it not worth adding to your itinerary?

It’s one of those places that make you wonder whether it really looks as beautiful as the photos you see online. Well, I was wondering the same thing before visiting.

After visiting, I can reassure you that it’s definitely worth visiting. Personally, I think it’s one of the most amazing scenery in Taiwan.

In this article, you’ll read what makes it worth visiting, how to get here and what you can expect. This article will also be filled with lots of unfiltered photo impressions.

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guy with rugsack overlooking Qingshui Cliff

Key takeaways

  • Qingshui Cliff offers striking views where the Pacific Ocean meets lush green mountains, forming one of Taiwan’s most beautiful natural wonders.
  • The site is not only visually impressive but also rich in cultural and historical significance, having served as a witness to both the island’s geological transformations and its past civilisations.
  • There’s no entry fee for visiting Qingshui Cliff. However, budgeting for transport or tours is recommended.
  • Nearby attractions like Taroko National Park and Qixingtan Beach add value to the visit, offering opportunities for hiking and relaxation by the sea.
  • The ideal time to visit and avoid crowds is on weekday mornings at around 08:00 o’ clock.

Reasons why Qingshui Cliff is worth visiting

So, why is this place really worth visiting?

Stunning views and scenery

The scenery at Qingshui Cliff simply looks surreal. Photos don’t really do the place justice. It’s a special kind of combination of nature where Azure waters meet lush green mountains.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you’ll want to capture this natural scenery. To be honest, I feel like I will never forget seeing Qingshui Cliff, as I thought the nature was just incredible.

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girl standing at Qingshui Cliff
girl smiling in front of coast and rugged mountain

As the highest coastal cliff on the island, rising high above the sea below, Qingshui offers unparalleled views that are undeniably worth every second spent there.

The colorful contrasts and expansive views make it clear why this place ranks among Taiwan’s most magnificent sights. When visiting, you can really see why its lush greenery is one of the reasons to visit Taiwan.

Cultural and historical significance

Qingshui Cliff isn’t just a lovely scenery; it’s steeped in the cultural tapestry of Taiwan. This towering natural wonder has watched over centuries as local civilisations grew and thrived.

Rich tales of the past are etched into every craggy surface, making it more than a scenic spot, it holds geological transformations that shaped this island nation.

Admire the rugged cliff face, where green schist and gneiss meld with marble in a geological tapestry dating back 250 million years. These materials were sculpted by nature’s hand when vast waters once claimed Taiwan.

As you stand before these towering cliffs plunging into the Pacific Ocean, consider their colossal presence that reaches up to 800 meters high.

greenery surrounding Qingshui Cliff
Monkeys in the trees near Qingshui Cliff

Tourist attractions nearby

Exploring the area around Qingshui Cliff offers a chance to dive deeper into Taiwan’s natural beauty and cultural richness. Here are some must-visit attractions close to the cliff that you won’t want to miss:

  • Qixingtan Beach with its pebbled shoreline and clear waters, a perfect spot for unwinding after your cliff adventure. Enjoy a stroll, dip your toes in the Pacific, and soak up the serene views.
  • Hualien City provides a vibrant contrast to the tranquil cliffs, where you can visit some really lovely restaurants and cafes or take part in lively festivals.
  • Taroko National Park is just a short drive away. Explore marble gorges, winding tunnels and pretty waterfalls. Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There are lots of different trails suitable to various hikers. For instance, the accessible Shakadang Trail only takes around 3 hours back and forth. If you want a short trail with some small waterfalls cascading into the river, then explore the Tunnel of Nine Turns.
  • The Eternal Spring Shrine is located within Taroko National Park; it’s an iconic memorial commemorating the workers who lost their lives building the Central Cross-Island Highway. This scenic spot also serves as an access point for several hikes.
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Scenery in Taroko Gorge

Practical information

Before you set out to see the beauty of Qingshui Cliff, let’s equip you with some essential details. We’re talking about when to visit, how much it’ll cost you, and the best ways to get there.

Opening hours

The cliff itself is accessible all day, but the optimal time for a visit is early morning around 08:00.

This timing allows you to experience the incredible beauty without the crowds, making for a more personal and tranquil adventure.

girl walking to wooden viewpoint


There’s no admission fee to visit Qingshui Cliff. However, if you don’t have your own transport, I recommend booking a full day tour to explore the area. This is ideal, as you can also explore the nearby Taroko Gorge during this day.

Location and transportation

Qingshui Cliff towers along the coast within the boundaries of Taroko National Park, a place that’s as steeped in natural beauty as it is in tranquility. It’s a place where the land meets the sea and the sky, surrounded by lush mountains.

The rugged mountains plunge into the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, creating a dramatic backdrop that’s unlike any other.

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green mountains meet the blue sea
No filter needed for these contrasts

Getting to Qingshui Cliff brings more than just breathtaking sights – it places you on one of Taiwan’s most scenic routes. The drive here is already incredible and filled with great views.

Here’s how to make the trip as smooth as possible, allowing you more time to appreciate those incredible views.

  • Plan ahead and check train schedules for Chongde station; it’s the nearest TRA train station to Qingshui Cliff, about 30-40 minutes away by car.
  • Consider hiring a taxi from Chongde station for a direct route to the cliffs – it’s more convenient than public transport, though slightly more expensive. From the parking area, it’s a 5-minute walk to the cliff and the viewing area.
  • At the parking area, you’ll find a couple of public toilets. Bring some tissues with you in advance, as they often don’t have any toilet paper.
  • If you want to explore more sights in the area, opt for a full day tour.
  • Take a scenic ride southwest from Heren Station on Taiwan Railways if you’re looking for an alternative transportation option with its own set of beautiful views.
  • Renting a scooter or car gives you flexibility and freedom to explore at your own pace and can be an exhilarating way to experience the local landscape.
  • Aim to arrive early in the morning around 08:00 on weekdays if you want fewer people around and morning light illuminating your photos.
  • There are monkeys swinging by in the trees next to the walkway, so keep an eye out for them. You can also hear them. Remember to not come too close and don’t give them food.
Monkey in the trees
Monkey in the trees along the way

Places to stay nearby

After a day of exploring Qingshui Cliff, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest. Thankfully, there are several amazing accommodations nearby. I recommend staying here for at least 3 nights, so you have enough time to explore the nature and the trails in the area. Here are some of the best places to stay in the area:

  • Crossing The Rainbow Bridge B&B: for a unique accommodation, this is definitely it. It’s around a 5-minute drive from Qingshui Cliff and even though it feels very luxurious, it’s still very affordable. If you want to be surrounded by nature, then check out this place here.
  • Lakeshore Hotel Hualien Taroko: for a luxurious hotel with fantastic views and an incredible swimming pool, oft for this hotel. They have a free shuttle service available and they even have bikes you can use for free. It’s around ten minutes away by car from the cliff. Check its latest prices and availability over here.
girl in front of Qingshui Cliff

In conclusion

Travel to Qingshui Cliff for an unforgettable experience; the breathtaking views will stay with you long after your visit. Make sure to bring your camera, as you’ll want to capture those surreal views of towering cliffs and the turquoise ocean.

Plan your journey early, ideally on a weekday morning, to admire the scenery without the crowds. I’m sure a trip here will be one of the highlights of your trip in Taiwan.

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