Taroko Gorge

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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Fantastic Views
Nov 2019
The Taroko Gorge is a must visit. Vehicles have to travel in a one-way direction as the road was narrow and winding along the gorge. You get many breathtaking scenery and you can admire the rock formation and the gorge, as well as the river below. In the main part of the gorge, you have to walk to appreciate the views of the gorge. You also need to wear a safety helmet.
Written 21 October 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,183 contributions
Gorge keeps on getting better
Aug 2020
I have traversed Taroko Gorge three times and it gets better every time. It's best when the water is running high. Honestly, the best way to experience Taroko Gorge is on foot. You can marvel at the marble, crafted by the water over many, many years and polished until it shines. Of course, all credit to the veterans who straightened out the kinks and bumps so we can enjoy Taroko Gorge today.
Written 14 September 2020
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KonradSyx
7 contributions
A beautiful intersection of Mountain and Sea
May 2020
Taroko Gorge is a special place, with a beautiful atmosphere. We spent 2 days in the National Park - the first day deciding to opt for the shuttle bus (which cost us maybe $150) to explore the Shakadang Trail, walk around a bit and Tanxiang.

While the second day we had an awesome experience with Tonny (who privately showed us around the park). Tonny was awesome - we always felt safe with his driving, he spoke great english and took us everywhere we wanted and more (as well as helping us understand the history of the place).

We definitely recommend checking out the Cliffs (just outside the park), Shakadang as well as 'The Water Curtain' but theres so much more to see and some longer hikes for those who want to do them (as well as Hehuanshan mountain nearby if you want multi-day exploration).

Thanks Tony (you can contact him on +886 916 993 938 to book him) for the awesome help as well as thank you to the awesome nature of Taroko!
Written 7 May 2020
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,054 contributions
A visit to Taroko Gorge is a ‘must do’ on any Taiwan traveller’s itinerary.
Jan 2020
A real highlight for my wife and I on our 6 day Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan in January 2020 was to visit the Taroko National Park on the eastern side of the island and to witness the very impressive Taroko Gorge.

Taroko National Park is one of the Taiwan’s top tourist destinations with the narrow Taroko Gorge the park’s main attraction stretching 19 kilometres. The Gorge has marble mountainous walls that soar several hundred metres above the Liwu River. How convenient that we could view the Taroko Gorge and the scenic beauty of the Liwu River with such ease from the Central Cross-Island Highway.

We found the scenery at the Gorge to be absolutely breathtaking. One of the best spots we visited to get good views of the Gorge, the marble mountains and the sheer beauty of the Liwu River below was along the 700 metre long Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqdong) trail. Magnificent vistas of majestic mountains with the fast flowing Liwu River below were indelible impressions etched in our memory.

Another interesting and exhilarating experience for us was to walk across the impressive Yuewang Suspension Bridge high above and spanning the Liwu River. The Bridge’s portals (arched entrances) date back to 1915 during the Japanese Colonial period in Taiwan.

We appreciated our visit to the Central Cross-Island Highway’s Eternal Springs Shrine also known as the Changchun Shrine, a focal point attraction at the Taroko Gorge. This symbolic memorial, dedicated to the 226 men who lost their lives constructing the highway, was for us a significant and solemn moment. The entire Central Cross-Island Highway is a masterpiece of construction. An information sign near the Shrine sums up the construction admirably by stating

“With limited funds and technology, and in the face of extreme difficulty and constant danger, the highway was cut through the rugged terrain over the Central Mountain Range and was truly an amazing feat”.

From a viewing platform outside the Shrine an endearing distant picture is painted of the Shrine and the Pavilion with the ever flowing spring gushing out beside the Shrine forming a waterfall into the Liwu River below. This waterfall has been named the “Eternal Spring Plummeting Springs” by the Directorate General of Highways.
A lovely tribute inside the Shrine consists of three gold plated divine statues and a large plate below the statues listing the names of the brave and courageous men who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of completing the construction of the highway from 1956 to 1960. “Lest we forget” indeed.

There are tour operators who can arrange a day trip to the Gorge from Taipei. However we were so pleased that we could enjoy an overnight stay in the national park the night before so we could enjoy a more leisurely visit the next day. Our overnight accommodation at the Taroko Village Hotel offered a rare treat for us – rustic accommodation in wooden chalets in an idyllic setting in a green valley surrounded by misty mountains. Our stay at the Taroko Village Hotel was the “icing on the cake” that ensured we enjoyed such a memorable Taroko experience.

A visit to Taroko Gorge is a ‘must do’ on any Taiwan traveller’s itinerary.
Written 1 May 2020
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Jerry
New York City, NY3 contributions
GORGEous views
Apr 2019
While in Taipei, we hopped on a plane to Hualien County for a day trip. Great decision we made. The views were absolutely gorgeous. You will need to be reasonably fit to climb the steps up to the pagoda but you can snap really gorgeous photos up there. Afterwards, we headed to Qixingtan Beach which is a must-see if you have the time. Beautiful rocky beach with CLEAR BLUE waters.
Written 20 March 2020
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BigTone72
Melbourne, Australia405 contributions
Absolutely stunning!!! Must see
Feb 2020 • Friends
Hired a scooter in Hualien & rode the 15 or so kms to Taroko NP/Gorge. Spent a few hours stopping off and taking in some great scenery. Stopped off at the Wensha hot pools for an hour or so. The scenery is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend visiting Taroko Gorge when in Taiwan.
Written 21 February 2020
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MythicalJJ
Vancouver, Canada45 contributions
Wow! Must see in Taiwan
Feb 2020
You can get a taste in one day, but you really need to spend 2-4 days to get the full Taroko experience. It takes forever to get around because you'll be stopping every minute to take pictures :) The are lots of options, you can rent a bike, a scooter, get a taxi, take a city bus, take tours, etc. Whatever fits your budget, time and travel plans. I suggest renting a scooter, costs around $18 US/day and there's nothing like driving through the tunnels and along the road in the open air.

There are lots of hikes with various skill levels, some require a permit though so check with the National Park office near the entrance to the gorge.

February is a great time to visit, almost no tourists, great rates on hotels/airbnb and mild weather (not hot, not cold).
Written 20 February 2020
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LiW
88 contributions
Spectacular view
Jan 2020
I impressed and amazed to see this nature view. Here is usually cooler than the city, a light jacket will be needed.
Written 16 February 2020
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John W
455 contributions
World class spectacle.
Feb 2020 • Solo
Taroko Gorge is truly spectacular: a deep narrow defile where a blue river runs between sheer walls of banded marble. The road clings to the cliff face, in places cut into it. There are numerous tunnels and bridges.
It can get crowded and parking is in short supply at some of the most popular spots. An easy way to enjoy the gorge is by public bus - either the #1133A from Hualien station or the #302 from Xincheng station. #1133A runs about once an hour, #302 more frequently. Best value is probably to tap on and off with Easy Card, but a day pass for 250 NTD for bus #1133A will allow you to get off and on at any stop. Just count your change when you buy it; there are thieves in the bus office.
The most spectacular section is upriver from Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) where the canyon walls close in and rear up, and the road clings to the cliff face. It is worth walking this section though the road is narrow in parts and goes through several tunnels, including the long Tunnel of Nine Turns before reaching the next bus stop. Watch out for the traffic. At each stop there are short walking tracks, though not all are open. In February 2020 the Yanzikou and Lushui tracks were closed for repair, and no work visible so closure could be indefinite.
Written 5 February 2020
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Simigrad
Darwin, Australia23 contributions
Beautiful!
Mar 2019 • Friends
This place is absolutely beautiful! I think it’s the best place to visit compare to the other places in this National Park.

Staying in the city of Hualien can be the option, since it has to spend at least 2 days to explore this area.
Written 2 February 2020
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