Taroko National Park is Taiwan’s top tourist destination. With its marble-walled canyons, lush vegetation and mountainous landscape, Taroko really puts the formosa (beautiful) in Ilha Formosa.
The park covers 1200 sq km and rises from sea level in the east to over 3700m further west. In fact, Taroko is 90% mountainous, with 27 peaks over 3000m. Almost all the bio-geographical zones in Taiwan are represented here, providing a sanctuary for half the island’s plant and animal species.
The blue-green Liwu River (called Yayung Paru – Great River – by the Taroko tribe) cuts through the centre, forging deep slitted valleys and ravines before emptying into the sea. In one stretch it forms Taroko Gorge, an 18km marble-walled canyon that many consider one of Asia’s scenic wonders.
There’re bunch of scenic spots in this gorgeous national park.Let’s take a first look on this map from their official website.
It may be hard to imagine how gorgeous each site is. So here’re specific recommended ones just for nature lovers like you. When you get to Taroko National Park, DO NOT miss them!
Taroko Gorge:An impressive 19-km-long canyon, situated near Taiwan’s east coast. It is composed mainly metamorphic rocks. The name, Taroko, means the “magnificent and splendid” in the language of Truku, the aboriginal tribe who resides in the area…
Qingshui Cliffs:A 21 kilometer length of coastal cliffs averaging 800 meters above sea level in Hualien County, Taiwan.The tallest peak, Qingshui Mountain, rises 2408 meters directly from the Pacific Ocean. It is considered to be a very scenic area and is the highest coastal cliff in Taiwan…
Swallow Grotto(Yanzikou):It provides a great view of the river deep below, which has carved out a narrow gorge. On the cliff opposite the Grotto Path, you can see a number of holes in the rock which house the eponymous swallows…
Baiyang Waterfall:One of Taroko Gorge’s most popular destinations. The trailhead is a several hundred meter long tunnel that is accessed from a partially enclosed roadside tunnel…
Plum Garden:Located in Tianxiang Village in the center of Taroko National Park, it is a collection of prunus mume plum blossom trees…
Cihmu Bridge:Which is also called Motherly Devotion Bridge. It is an H-shape hanging bridge with marble stone lions on each end and with marble lotus stones on two sides. The camping area is near this site, too…
Bulowan:Buluowan is divided into Upper Terrace and Lower Terrace. You can walk on a trail to visit the river valley from the Lower Terrace. Also there’s a service center with exhibitions showcase the arts and crafts of the Taroko Tribe…
Taroko National Park
[太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán]
-Located in:Eastern Taiwan
-Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities
-Highly recommend to:Outdoors Enthusiasts
-Opening Hours:Tourist Center
|Mon||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Tue||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Wed||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Thu||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Fri||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Sat||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
|Sun||8:30 am – 17:00 pm|
*Close on the second Monday every month
|By train→ Hualien bus|
|By plane→ Hualien bus/rent a car/take taxi|
|A Day or a Half Day Tour Bus:Please checkthe Taiwan Tour Bus tours.
-More detailed info:Taroko National Park’s Official Website
-Address: 291, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan
Editor : Summer@ReadyGo
Info quoted from:Wikitravel
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