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Taroko National Park - Taroko Visitor Center

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  • Taroko National Park--Tunnel of Nine Turns
  • Taroko National Park--Changchun Temple
  • Taroko National Park--Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail
  • Marble valley of Taroko National Park
  • Taroko National Park--Baiyang Trail
  • Taroko National Park
  • Tianxiang
  • Beautiful scenery of Tianxiang

Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.

The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Baiyang Waterfall, Yindai Waterfall, Changchun Waterfall, and Lushui Waterfall. Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Changchun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.

Tianxiang

This is the site of an old Atayal village at the confluence of the Liwu and Dasha Rivers. Its name commemorates Wen Tianxiang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty.

Scenic spots at Tianxiang include Xiangde Temple, Tianfeng Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tianxiang Church. In winter each year the Plum Garden blooms forth, forming a sea of white blossoms stretching from the highway to Xiangde Temple. Shanyue Village at Bulowan, another old tribal settlement in the gorge, offers a new and unique type of accommodation for the area.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)
Transportation:

** The Central Cross-Island Highway (Guguan to Deji Section) is currently closed for repairs.

  1. Nat'l Hwy 1 → Zhanghua Interachange → Nat'l Hwy 3 → Wufeng Interchange → Nat'l Hwy 6 → Puli Interchange → Prov. Hwy 14 → Prov. Hwy 14A → Prov. Hwy 8
  2. Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 8
Public:

Air:

  1. From Kaohsiung International Airport fly to Hualien on Mandarin Airlines.
    Hualien Airport

Train:

  1. Take a train to Xincheng Railway Station, continue by rental car to Taroko National Park.
  2. Take a train to Hualien Railway Station, continue by Hualien Bus (New Hualien Station-Tianxiang Line) to Taroko Visitor Center stop.
Last update time: 2019-11-05

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