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a. Caoling[1]

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The 10 scenic spots of Caoling famous all over Taiwan are Penglai Falls, Broken Hill, Rocky Cliff, Water Shaded Cave, Frog Rock, Marvelous Cave, Dead Man Valley, Tongxin Fall, Beaded Pond, Brook Paradise. All the grand rocks, marvelous stone, falls or streams are not artificially carved or decorated but made by God and formed splendid natural landscape.

After 921 Earthquake, many of the natural landscape were changed. Looking up from the sand bars of Caoling Lake, the natural ecology is presenting with different scene and made itself a demonstrating place for geology and ecology education.
Traditional crafts – Gukeng is famous with bamboo and rock, and it seems that most of the residents in Gukeng can make bamboo arts and stone sculpture. Examples are bamboo cylinder, bamboo rack, bamboo serial bead, stone mortar, stone table, stone stool, and stone wall. They all display the skillful crafts of tradition of Caoling.

b. Penglai Waterfall, Yunlin County[2]
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Penglai Waterfall in Caoling, Yunlin County is seen in this undated photo.
Photo: Lee Hui-chou, Liberty Times
Penglai Waterfall in Yunlin County’s Caoling is part of the Jhugao River in the Jhuoshuei River Basin. In the summer months, the river crashes 200 meters down from 1,200 meters above sea level, forming the majestic Penglai Waterfall among a rocky landscape. With the path to the waterfall even and pleasant to walk, lined with a wealth of flora and fauna and dispersed along the way with smaller waterfalls cascading down the cliffs and over caves and occasionally splashing you, it is perfect for a family outing in the cool air.

There is a brick paved path to Penglai Waterfall, and a five-minute stroll leads you over a small bridge and then across the Penglai suspension bridge. Here, the landscape changes to precipitous cliffs, and you can see the Jhugao River as it burbles by. To either side you will occasionally see small streams following the path of the river emerging from between the cliffs, sometimes forming mini waterfalls as the water cascades over boulders obstructing the flow of the river.

At this point the air will start to turn cooler, and you will see tadpoles and frogs in the pools to the sides of the path. Around five minutes past model dinosaurs is a balmy viewing platform affording views of the river down below. It is at the end of the path that you get a sense of the splendor of the Penglai Waterfall and the power of the water, with smaller waterfalls creating whirlpools in the river among the rocks.
(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)

c. Tongxin waterfall 
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Tongxin Waterfall in the late 1990s. Today it’s no longer safe to get to the base of the waterfall. The trail now stops on a bridge just above the brink, giving a view of the cascades above the main drop



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