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    Tienhsiang - Taroko National Park

    by mim95 Updated May 10, 2004

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    Hsiangte Temple, Tienhsiang

    Tienhsiang is a small village with a 5-star hotel, 2 hostels and restaurants in Taroko National Park. The village is a frequent stop for travellers to the area.

    Hsiangte Temple is located nearby across the river. The pagoda is located at the highest point on the hilltop, which require a bit of exercise to reach there. The temple can be reached by the suspension bridge.

    There is a plum garden not too far from the bus stop. The plum blossoms are beautiful if your timing is right, which are usually in bloom in January. We were a bit early while we were there, and only saw a few flowers.

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    Eternal Spring Shrine

    by mim95 Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    Eternal Spring Shrine in Taroko

    The photo was taken on the bus, as we were running out of time to visit the shrine.

    It serves as a memorial to the hundreds of workers who died during the construction of the Central Cross Island Highway, the winding road that we have been walking on from Tienshiang to Yentzukou.

    The highway was really an engineering marvel, as it carved through the marble gorge and ran right by the river. Many said that it couldn't be done when it was being built in the 1950s. When it was first opened, it was only one-lane with no barriers on the side. My uncle told me that even in the 1970s when he visited the park, there were still no barriers on the side!

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    Baiyang Waterfalls Trail - Taroko National Park

    by mim95 Updated Dec 15, 2003

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    Along Baiyang Waterfalls Trail

    An easy walking trail along the marble cliffside which follows the river to the Baiyang Waterfall. The colour of the river is turquoise blue.

    The trail is about 4km round trip. But be sure to bring a flash light, as the entrance to the trail is a long unlit tunnel (at least 100m long, I think).

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    Tunnels of Nine Turns (Chiuchutung) Trail - Taroko

    by mim95 Updated Dec 15, 2003

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    Tunnels of Nine Turns Trail - Taroko

    As its name suggests, this part of Taroko is narrow and winding. (Nine turns imply many turns). Fortunately, the walking trail is separated from the traffic. The marble valley can be seen, and the cliffs on both sides of the crystal clear river run so high up into the sky.

    The easy-walking trail is 1.9km one way.

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    Pulowan

    by kenmerk Written Mar 14, 2003

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    Pulowan

    Pulowan is a tourist village in Taroko National Park. The village sits on a plateau above the gorge.

    They have a cinema here along with the prerequisite tourist shops. You can also see some of the old women from the local Atayal aboriginal tribe demonstrate their traditional weaving techniques here.

    If you like hiking, there are several short trails in the area, which is well manicured with the various native flowers and trees.
    It is worth stopping at Pulowan if you are in the area, but the true attraction at Taroko is the Gorge itself...

    Note: There is a waterfall high up in the mountains just south of Pulowan, which is worth taking a look at. (About 2 KM's east of Pulowan off of the south side of the road)

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    Baiyang Waterfall Trail

    by kenmerk Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Two Tiered Baiyang Waterfall

    The Baiyang trail is a pretty easy hike. The trail is fairly flat, and is well maintained as far as the Baiyang Waterfall, which is about 2 KM's from the trailhead. (Actually there are several waterfalls at this location) Continuing on, about 300 meters past the waterfall, you will find the first water curtain tunnel. (where it "rains" inside) This tunnel is now closed and is blocked by a locked gate to prevent people from entering. (There is concern that this tunnel is not stable, and may collapse)

    However, for those of you brave enough to cheat death, it is possible to hop over this gate. (Which I have done before) Be prepared to get wet if you enter this tunnel, though....

    The trail continues to another water curtain tunnel, and then finally to the "Small Tunnel of Nine Turns". I have never ventured past the 1st water curtain tunnel, so I can't say what the trail condition is past this point.

    Note: Be sure to bring a flashlight, as you will pass through a couple long unlit tunnels on this trail.

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    Meiyuan (Plum garden)

    by kenmerk Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Village of Meiyuan

    Meiyuan is one of the aboriginal farming communities up the mountains in Taroko Gorge National Park.

    The scenery along the trail is great. This trail follows a clear white water stream that cuts through the mountains. Along the way there are some striking rock formations, along with a couple waterfalls. If you are afraid of heights, it would be best not to look down, though, as the trails is cut into some shear cliffs that are hundreds of feet above the river.

    This hike is about 12 kms's round trip. The trail is wide and well maintainted, and is a fairly easy hike.

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    Eternal Spring Shrine

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Eternal Spring Shrine

    This is not the original Shrine. Look 30 meters to the right of the building, under the 1000 ton pile of rocks, and you will find the final resting place of the original "Eternal" shrine.. (Taroko can be an unforgiving place)

    For you hikers, there is a short hiking trail that goes straight up hill from the shrine to a pavilion and then another pavilion and then over a suspension bridge to a temple. (total trip is about 1.5 KM's)

    For you non-hikers there is a path down to the river where you can cool off and have a couple.

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    Wenshan Hot Spring

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Aerial View of Wenshan Hot Spring

    This is one of the few easily accessible natural hot springs in Taiwan. Good place to go and have a few beers and smoke a Cohiba or two. (Although my cardiologist does not recommend such activities)

    There are a couple pools here. Two big pools for soaking and one smaller one pool for the full boil treatment...

    Note: Be careful when you walk down the trail to the hot springs, as the steps on this path are steep and slick...

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    Tunnel of Nine Turns

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Tunnel of Nine Turns

    The Tunnel of Nine Turns is the narrowest, and most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. This is one stop that you should not miss when visiting Taroko National Park.

    The old cliff hanger road is closed to traffic, and is now used as a walking path for the throngs of tourists that pass through this area.

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    Tienhsiang

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Tienhsiang

    This is pretty much the center of tourist activity in the gorge. Once you drive past Tienhshiang, the tour buses rapidly dissipate.(which is a good thing...)

    There is a lot to do in this area. There are a few hiking trails in the area, including the Houran Pavilion Trail, the Paiyang (Waterfall) Trail, and also a walking bridge over to a Buddhist Pagoda and Temple.

    I would recommend taking one of the hikes in this area, followed by a hot spring soak at Wenshan, if you visit Tienshiang.

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    Mysterious Valley

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mysterious Valley, Taroko Gorge

    Mysterious Valley is one of the best places in Taroko Gorge to cool off on a hot summer day. Along the path that is notched into a mountain side, there are many places for swimming or wading in the clear water mountain stream.

    Also, Mysterious Valley has been rated as one of the top spots in the area for an afternoon Heineken/Cohiba excursion by the local expats. (There are worse things in life than cooling off in a clear mountains stream with a cigar and beer in hand...)

    The trail ends at some old wooden buildings (Sanchienwu) about 4 KM's from the trail head, but for the more adventurous, it connects to another trail, which heads uphill to a couple of aboriginal villiages. (Tali and Tatung)

    This area can be crowded on summer weekends, but I found that as you head up stream, the crowd quickly thins out. (Most of the locals hang out on the first KM of the path or so...)

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    yentzukou

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Yentzukou, Taroko Gorge

    The two narrowest, and most scenic, sections of the gorge are Yentzukuo and the Tunnel of Nine Turns. The easiest way to view this section of the gorge is to park at the snack bar, which is about 1/2 Km past Yentzekuo and walk back along the walk path which is next to the main road.

    There used to be a large Indian head rock formation in this area, but unfortunately it was knocked down into the river by a road crew that was trying to install a new bridge. (The bridge also plunged to its untimely demise)

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    Swallows' Grotto

    by glazaro Written Jan 24, 2007

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    On this cool rainy November day, there were no swallows to be seen. Only the holes in the rock walls that were formed, according to the Taroko website, by "the grinding of pebbles against the marble walls over a long period of time". The swallows, I believe, come back to the area during the warmer parts of the year, though apparently they don't necessarily nest in the holes. The lack of an English-speaking guide on the tour hindered things a bit, but thanks to the Chinese medical students from Singapore doing the same tour for even bothering to offer translations. Is it worthy of a stop? Well it was on the tour, so, for me, it had its 15 seconds of fame. But, without the swallows, the view is no better than anywhere else in the gorge area.

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    Taroko National Park

    by deeper_blue Written Nov 21, 2009

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    Taroko National Park is one of the scenic areas of Taiwan, with many trails you can take and long winding tunnels to drive through. Allow yourself plenty of time to see the area, and be aware at Chinese New Year it can become very busy and chaotic if using public buses.

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