Ali Waterfall (中文: 阿禮瀑布) is one of the biggest waterfalls in Southern Taiwan. It's hundreds of meters tall, and in an incredibly gorgeous area. In the winter, the roads are lined with flowering cherry trees. It's great for bird-watching, photography, and in general, just relaxing and having a picnic. If you are adventurous, you can also go swimming!
It's easy to get to, and the drive is fantastic. Just take Highway 24 all the way until it ends. Shortly after Wutai village, the road will turn to gravel. Just keep driving.
In the wintertime, the road is lined with colorful cherry blossoms.
The road ends here in the perfect picnic spot.
Most people just stop there and enjoy the scenery, have a picnic, take a nap, etc. If you're not most people though, then you can hike to the red bridge, or down to the bottom of the waterfall.
The waterfall on the left is huge. It's really really tall. In fact, you can't even appreciate how tall it is until you get to the bottom of it (which I highly recommend you do). The hike isn't hard, but it requires some concentration. There is no path, just find whatever works best. If the rocks are loose, let the person it front of you go first, and wait until they get out of the way, before the next person goes, to avoid dropping rocks on their head.
From the bottom you get a really awesome view. Going back up is easier than getting down, but it takes more energy. Just go slow and enjoy the exercise. Sometimes you may have to walk through the grass, if you can't find a way up the rocks.
Getting to the rusty bridge is less effortful, but requires more guts. Don't attempt it if there is a lot of water flowing, because you'll have to walk under the first waterfall to get to the bridge. To get there is simple. Use the ropes, they're your friends, and follow the path until you get there. After the waterfall it is very easy, there is a path. But before the waterfall, you'll be climbing on a few ledges. Go slow and try not to slip and fall to your death. If you don't do that, then you'll be just fine. You will be walking under the waterfall, so be prepared to get wet. I didn't bring a raincoat my first time, so I just went across naked. These things happen, nature understands.
Pictures of people hiking to the red bridge from the picnic-area look awesome. So make sure you bring someone who is too-scared to cross over with you, so that you get some nice photos of yourself on the way over. The path keeps going after the rusty bridge, but I am not sure where it goes. I'm assuming it eventually takes you to Taitung or Ghost Lake, but I have no idea what awesome things might be along the way. I'm hoping there's another great waterfall. If you know what might be on the other side, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.
Pingtung County, Wutai District, Ali Village
Waterfall: 22.71486, 120.76694
Parking: 22.71521, 120.76443
Detailed Map: htps://goo.gl/DDfw80
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