Taroko Gorge Travel Guide
Things to Do
Things to Do
Really amazing scenery that can't be seen anywhere else
Difficult to travel around if you don't have a car
Beautiful Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge is one of the few places in Taiwan that really takes my breath away. The amazing landscape of the Taroko Gorge is just break-taking. To really absorb the beauty created by mother nature, I recommend you to rent a scooter and ride around the park. I feel that if...
The Lushui-Heliu is an easy and scenic trail that includes a spectacular cliff-side section with railings. The trail starts from the mountaineering center across from the visitor center at Lushui, and climbs mildly uphill and crosses a suspension bridge before making its way...
The Baiyang Trail was formerly a flat, accessible trail that led to the Baiyang Waterfall. However, recent rockslides (in 2009, I believe) made a long tunnel at the beginning of the trail impassible. The Baiyang Waterfall is still accessible by the Tianxiang-Baiyang Trail,...
Eternal Spring Shrine
The shrine is one of the most photographed images from the gorge and offers splendid views.It's a nice place to chill out, and there is a pleasant 1 mile short trail close to here.
Taroko National Park
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.
Eternal Springs Shrine
This shrine, nestled at the base of the towering walls, was built in memory of those who died to create a nearby highway. It seems more like a miniature model when you view it against the backdrop of the overbearing Gorge. It was actually destroyed by a rockslide about 20...
Tunnel of Nine Turns
Our tour guide let us off at this section of the Gorge to allow us to wander down the Tunnel. Without any adequate English explanations of the significance of this particular area, it was difficult at the time to distinguish why this area would be more interesting than any...
Food Stand: Not much else to choose from so....
It was merely a stall selling cheap food outside the Grand Formosa. So rather than pay 5-star prices for lunch, you can sit outside, eat cheap local food (if you can guess what it is) and enjoy the view (though the rain would make things uncomfortable with the lack of cover). In this case, I had a decent-enough soup, red rice, and sausage. If anything, it's probably best if you just bring lunch with you, rather than eat in the park. Or choose a tour that includes lunch at the resort, which I decided not to do in this case.
Favorite Dish: I can't say there' s much to choose from, but the red rice and soup were decent.
Written Jan 23, 2007
Address: Right outside the Grand Formosa Taroko
Taiwan Tour Bus
If all you have is a day to check out Taroko from Taipei and you're on a budget, there's Taiwan Tour Bus to get you around. It's pretty much a small bus taking you around the major sights in Taroko and Hualien for a half-day, maybe from 11am to 4pm. The stop is just outside...
Take the Train to Taroko from Taipei
The train is a scenic way to get from Taipei to Hualien and the Taroko Gorge area. It's about 3 hours one way, so you can get an early start from Taipei and sleep on the way. The train was booked as part of a package through Taiwan Tour Bus, which included the train...
Have your own transportation, otherwise...
There are VERY limited public transportation to and within Taroko Gorge. We got there by bus from Hualien to the visitor center in Taroko, stopped by for a bit, then took another bus to Tienshiang. The bus service between Taroko and Tienshiang was infrequent, less than 10...
Self tours of Taroko
As posted in the forums and tips, the bus back does have infrequent service, but if you are on the main road, you can flag it down and they will pick you up even if you are not at a designated bus stop.I personally took the bus up, walked down for a few hours, doing some of...
Bike the Gorge at your own pace
A few of my friends had done this and recommended it to me, but unfortunately I did not arrive at an opportune time of day to make this a reality. But I will tell you that after walking in the gorge for ~3 hours, I would have loved to have had a bike. There were many other...
To get here via train you need to go to Sincheng. From there you can catch a connecting bus into the national park. It is best to set off early to have enough time to see what you want and/or get accommodation.
Private guide & taxi driver through Taroko Gorge
My wife, her parents and myself were guided through Taroko Gorge by the wonderful Ms Tiffany Chang in her new model Toyota sedan taxi.Tiffany was the consummate guide - friendly, considerate, informative and always offering to take photos without needing to be asked. She is...
Doing Taroko without a tour
99% of all tourists will visit Taroko Gorge by tour bus. Others take a bicycle as I pointed out in my other tip.But as some other people have noted, there are public buses that go between Hualien and Tiansiang (top side of the Gorge). These buses are infrequent. They operate...
Taiwan is more prone to rockfalls and landslides than just about any other place on earth due to both its steep topography and the common occurrence of earthquakes and typhoons. Taroko is particularly susceptible to these disturbances. Trails such as the Swallow's Grotto and...
One of the musts of a Taiwanese resorts is to have a "Sacred Tree" and Taroko is no exception...Any tree old enough to have survived the Japanese occupation is held sacred by the locals. (Japan liked to chop down all the trees and send them back to Tokyo to make chopsticks,...
Nice hike, about 12 KM's round trip. You can see a small lake up in the mountains of Taroko National Park. Also, there is a good view point along the trail where you can see flat spots on the surrounding mountains that show where the water level once was in this area. (Much...
You can experience all four season here in Taroko: Leaves changing colours in the Autumn, snow up at the top of the park near Dayiling in the winter, flowers blooming in the spring, and the hot hot summers...
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