How to Find Jiangmen’s Hidden Waterfall
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This place is easily the most amazing hidden gem we’ve found near our home in Zhuhai, China. The water in the swimming hole is the most amazing shade of turquoise blue and absolutely crystal clear. This incredible waterfall flows from a spring on top of the mountain, splashing down into a large swimming hole deep enough to jump into from the rocks 5+ meters above the pool. The cool spring water makes it a perfect spot for escaping Zhuhai’s unbearable summer heat.
Water flows down the rocks at the entrance to the pool forming a chain of smaller rock pools that cascade down the mountain. The sight is simply breathtaking, and an amazing spot to reconnect with nature in the ever-bustling metropolis that is China. It’s one of the few hikes in the Zhuhai area where your view is not of the city, but the surrounding mountains, and where the real jungle replaces the concrete.
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The hike starts in the village of Jin Xing Cun 金星村 in Jiangmen 江门, a 45-minute drive from Zhuhai City. It’s easiest to hire a private driver to take you there if you don’t have your own form of transportation.
How to Find the Waterfall
It’s an hour long hike from the village to the waterfall. The trail is not marked, so getting there will take a bit of trial and error without a friend to guide you, but for those adventurous enough to try it on your own, we’ll give you some directions.
1) Walk straight back into the village. Once out of the village itself you will come to a small farm.
2) When the pavement ends and starts to circle back towards the village, take the dirt path on your right.
3) Turn slightly left at the fork (if you go the wrong way the path just leads up to the farmer’s house and stops, so no biggie, just turn around and head the other way)
4) Walk by the pond, during which time you might get your shoes wet if the water is running over the path. At the fork, turn right.
5) You will walk in between some goose and duck farms. Keep going straight following the main path until you come to a large building directly in front of you.
6) Take the path to the left once you see the building.
7) After a few meters, turn right onto the side path with the huge pile of trash (so sad that that is even an indicator of which way the trail goes)
8) At the trash pile, step up onto the stone ledge and walk along it for a few steps until you spot a dirt path to the right.
9) You will end up at a stream, which you need to cross using the rocks as stepping stones. Just go straight across. (There are rock pools down here as well if you want to check them out first)
10) Once on the other side take the dirt path to the left that follows the stream up the mountain.
11) When you come to the T intersection (it’s very obvious with a wide dirt trail), turn left.
12) The path will follow the water channel on your right, eventually turning into a narrow concrete ledge.
13) The ledge ends at the start of the waterfalls, where you’ll walk up the rocks.
14) Walk up the rocks until it ends at a small waterfall and swimming hole.
15) At the small waterfall/swimming hole, turn right, step over the stream, and walk along the rock ledge above the pool.
16) The big waterfall and swimming hole are right around the corner. Stop here for a swim and a picnic, following which you can either continue hiking on the path to the right (into the woods) or head back the way you came.
There is little in the way of food in the village where the waterfall is, so I would suggest you pack a lunch or bring some snacks. The village where the hike starts from has a small shop where you can buy some drinks and snacks if needed.
If you come to Zhuhai make sure to check out this hike and let us know what you think!
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