TourismIamA a waterfall explorer in Taiwan. I've located over 3000 waterfalls on this beautiful island, and published on online guide with maps to more than 100 of them. Yesterday I busted my head open on a river rock. AMA!
May 30th 2016 by aleiss • 27 Questions • 1000 Points
Hi everyone. My (Chinese) name is Xiaofei. I'm an American student and explorer in Taiwan. I write a growing online guide to waterfalls and wild hot springs in Taiwan. I have located over 3000, and made over 100 custom google maps to help people reach them too.
Yesterday I had my first "accident" in 3 years of exploring. Now I have to wait a week before going waterfalling again. It will be a tough wait :) so I've decided to do an AMA. Ask me anything!
My Taiwan Waterfalls and Hotsprings Guide: http://followxiaofei.com/
What 3000 Waterfalls looks like: http://imgur.com/Fg9xkFH
My busted face (warning: bloody): http://imgur.com/xlcRSUN
How it happened: https://goo.gl/photos/LDhkGuLy1xayBwUb8
EDIT: Proof of AMA: http://followxiaofei.com/page/proof-of-ama
Yet you still came to Japanese class, who takes you anyways?
Oh jeez. Naturally the only other American in class also uses Reddit. I drove myself to school.
Edit: My face is swollen and the helmet is too tight. It hurts a little on the speed bumps.
I'm one of the founders of the World Waterfall Database, and this is very cool to see. We've tried to stay on top of the "major" websites that document waterfalls around the world, but I don't think we'd seen yours before, so this was a pleasant surprise to stumble across today. You've got some really nice pictures in there, very good for documentation. Couple questions for you:
1) What is your criteria for cataloging a waterfall? Do you have a baseline for height or stream volume / consistency, or is it more based off of mapping locations out? Do you include waterfalls that only flow when it's raining? I'm quite curious about this primarily because 3,000 waterfalls seems like an awfully high number for an island the size of Taiwan.
2) Would you at all be interested / willing to share your data with us so that we might fill the rather substantial black hole(s) in our information about the waterfalls of Taiwan? I unfortunately don't have infrastructure in place right now to allow that to be done easily, but I'm hoping to launch some crowdsourcing tools later this year so that industrious individuals such as yourself who would be willing to contribute may do so without us having to go through a very tedious process.
That shiner on your head is pretty gnarly too. May it be the first of many battlescars. I picked another one up on my shin last week in Oregon.
Here's another good one. What happens when 2 waterfalls empty into the same pool? Like in this one. http://followxiaofei.com/taiwan/pingtung-waterfalls-laiyi-yuanyang-waterfall
What if it's not the same pool, but into the same river, 20 meters apart? The waterfall in the link is named as one waterfall, I called it a "Double Waterfall". By the 500-foot rule, the right side's total height is between 400 and 700 meters (or rather, the elevation change from the top of the upper tiers, to the bottom of the lower tier is 400-700 meters, depend on where exactly you choose to cut it off, based on elevation data from google earth.
I'm learning to be a web developer, and I was wondering what are you using to make your website? Thanks.
Hi. I hired my friend (In Nepal) to do the programming for me. I just make the content, and choose the features.