Taroko Gorge Travel Guide

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Taroko Gorge Things to Do

  • 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 you travel by car or bus, you can't really feel the surrounding as well as...

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  • Lushui-Heliu Trail

    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 onto an exposed cliff. Here, the trail follows the Old Hohuan Road, a path...

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  • Tianxiang-Baiyang Trail

    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, which is neither short, flat, nor accessible. The 8-km round trip includes 4...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 years ago (as earthquakes do happen in this region) but it has since been...

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  • 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 other parts we had visited. The view doesn't change much compared to other...

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  • Swallows' Grotto

    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...

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  • The Visitors' Center

    This fairly modern building gives some insight into the area regarding its geographical and natural history along with its cultural background. There's an exhibition on the aboriginal tribes who have inhabited this area of Taiwan, showing off some video displays, wear, and other artifacts. If you're taking a tour, this is most likely your first...

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  • Tienhsiang - Taroko National Park

    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...

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  • Eternal Spring Shrine

    This shine is to pay tribute to the ones who lost their lives building the road. It is a great place for taking pictures

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  • Eternal Spring Shrine

    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...

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  • Tunnels of Nine Turns (Chiuchutung)...

    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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  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail - Taroko...

    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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  • Taroko Main Entrance

    The main gate is a favourite spot for Taiwan tourists stopping for a photo.... Also a favourite landmark for cement trucks to crash and knock it to the ground... (which unfortunately also often happens...)

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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...

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  • Meiyuan (Plum garden)

    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...

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  • Baiyang Waterfall Trail

    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...

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  • yentzukou

    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,...

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  • Mysterious Valley

    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...

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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...

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Taroko Gorge Restaurants

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    by glazaro Written Jan 23, 2007

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    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.

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Taroko Gorge Transportation

  • 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 the train terminal in Hualien. Unfortunately the driver doesn't speak...

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  • 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 transport return and the half-day bus tour through Taroko. You can book the tour...

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  • Have your own transportation,...

    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 buses on a day. So plan your activities with the bus schedule in mind.We...

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Taroko Gorge Warnings and Dangers

  • Falling Rocks/Rockslides

    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 the Tunnel of Nine Turns are occasionally closed due to rockfalls, and...

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  • Gorge Driving

    Driving here is not for the timid. One hint which is probably well worth heeding: WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG BOULDERS!!!

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Taroko Gorge Off The Beaten Path

  • Changwang Temple

    Located across the foot path suspension bridge at the end of the Eternal Spring Shrine Temple. (A short, though steep 11.5 KM hike)

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  • Sacred Tree

    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, tatami mats, and the like) Note: There are no sacred trees in Korea, as the...

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  • Lotus Lake

    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 higher elevation than the present) The trail continues past Lotus Lake, but...

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Taroko Gorge Favorites

  • Seasons

    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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  • Foggy Day in the Gorge

    I have been to Taroko many times, since it is quite close to where I live.... However, it seems I always notice something new there...

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