Beautiful Rock Formations and Waterfalls in Taiwan’s Jialeshuei

Jialeshuei featuring rock formations

Jialeshuei is a famous tourist attraction featuring rock formations in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Jialeshuei (佳樂水) is a tourist destination located on the southernmost of Taiwans east coast in Pingtung County (屏東縣). It is famous for its unique and interesting rock formations along a 2.5km-long stretch of the coral coastline in Manzhou Township (滿州鄉).

The signage of the Jialeshuei (佳樂水) Scenic Area at the entrance.
The signage of the Jialeshuei (佳樂水) Scenic Area. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Origin of the name Jialeshuei

This area was formerly known as Chialuoshui (佳落水), which means water falling from a ledge in the Taiwanese dialect. It was named this because there is a waterfall on the top of a 30-meter-high rock cliff facing the Pacific Ocean.

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Please watch this video of the beautiful rock formations and waterfalls in Taiwan’s Jialeshuei Scenic Area.

In 1975, late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) visited the area and renamed it Jialeshuei (佳樂水), which means “beautiful, happy waters” in Chinese, hoping to bring peace and harmony to the region.

The Shanhai Waterfalls (山海瀑) in Jialeshui.
The Shanhai Waterfalls (山海瀑) in Jialeshui. (Image: Ethan Chan via Wikipedia)

Shanhai Waterfalls (山海瀑)

The waterfall is located at the confluence of three small streams above a rocky cliff. During the rainy season, it is magnificent as there is abundant water falling from the cliff and cascading into the ocean. During the dry season, though the waterfall may dry up due to low rainfall, the rocky cliff is still breathtaking and worth visiting.

The Shanhai Waterfalls may dry up during the summer due to low reainfall.
The Shanhai Waterfalls may dry up during the summer due to low rainfall. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

In light of the fact that it is a beautiful waterfall without a name, late President Chiang Ching-kuo thus named it Shanhai Waterfalls (山海瀑), meaning water falling into the sea from the mountain.

The Jialeshue Scenic Area is a a picturesque tourist attraction in southern Taiwan.
The Jialeshue Scenic Area is a picturesque tourist destination in southern Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Additionally, there is an expanse of grassland above the waterfall that allows visitors to take in the panoramic views of the Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島) and the Pacific Ocean.

A distinctive rock formation on the cliff hill at Jialeshuei.
A distinctive rock formation on the cliff hill at Jialeshuei. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Rock formations

The eroded coral reef coastal terrains in this area are so special that many distinctive and fantastic rock formations are shaped by the constant erosion by the ocean and strong winds. Many of them are given imaginative name by locals according to their distinctive shapes.

A interesting formation at Jialeshuei resembles a mummy
An interesting formation at Jialeshuei resembles a mummy. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

The most interesting rock formations in the area include Sea Lion Rock, Rabbit Rock, Frog Rock, Toad Rock, Beehive Rock, Turtle Rock, Taiwan Map Rock, Boar Head Rock, Human Face Rock, Battleship Rock, and Mummy Rocks, etc.

The rock formation that resembles the map of Taiwan at Jialeshuei Scenic Area.
The rock formation resembles the map of Taiwan at the Jialeshuei Scenic Area. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

The admission fee is NT$80 (US$2.72) per person, including the round-trip shuttle bus service from the entrance to the waterfall. Along the way, the driver interprets the monikers of some of the more famous rock formations. Children also like to name their own rocks according to their imagination.

The rock formations of sea lion, boar head, toad and frog at Jialeshuei Scenic Area.
Rock formations that resemble a sea lion, boar head, toad, and a frog at Jialeshuei Scenic Area. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Surfing beach

Not only is Jialeshui a picturesque tourist destination, but nearby Gangkou Beach (港口海灘) is also a famous surfing destination in southern Taiwan, where the 2017 Pingtung Jialeshuei International Surfing Competition was held.

The Gangkou Beach (港口海灘) is a great surfing spot at Jialeshuei Scenic Area.
The Gangkou Beach (港口海灘) is a great surfing destination in the Jialeshuei Scenic Area. (Image: Taiwanmag via Wikipedia)

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