Youling Waterfall and Water Curtain Cave are a pair of falls on the Taiyao Stream, which at this point marks the boundary between Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties. The falls are reached by a trail leaving from a small car park that doubles as a basketball court. The trail drops down to the wide, rock-strewn bed of the Dahan River, from where a brief but fun river trace up the tributary stream on the left leads through a fine rocky gorge to the foot of the twenty-meter-high Youling (“ghost”) Waterfall. If you keep left at the junction, the main path passes above the waterfall, which can be glimpsed through the trees.
Above the waterfall the stream tumbles through a curious rocky channel about a hundred meters long in a natural waterslide that’s popular with locals on summer weekends. The trail, hewn into the side of the gorge, continues upstream for a few minutes further
towards the second waterfall (actually a man-made, but naturalized, weir),
known as the Water Curtain Cave. You’ll need to wade upstream get to its foot,
as the path ends fifty meters downstream.
ACCESS: Moderate. Steepish but not very long descent from the car park to the river, followed by a very short (5 minutes) and not-too-tricky river trace to the foot of Youling Waterfall.
Trailhead (car park/baseball court): 24.662940, 121.354960