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Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail

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  • Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail
  • Tourists enjoying cool stream water in the Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail
  • Scenery of the Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail
  • Mysterious scenery of the Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail

The entrance to this trail is conveniently located only a minute or so from the entrance of Tailuge (Taroko) Gorge, behind the Shakadang Toll Station. To reach the trailhead, follow the path behind the toll station that leads down toward Liwu River. After crossing the stream, follow the bank until the river forks at the Shakedang tributary. The trailhead can be found nearby on the right bank of the tributary.

One of the most notable features of this trail is that it requires numerous river crossings. While this may not appeal to those not wanting to get their feet wet, for those who have no objection to rolling up their trousers, or even getting into their swimming gear, it provides infinite potential. The trail itself is not particularly demanding, although it is wise to avoid it during the typhoon season when flooding can make the river crossings treacherous.

Prospectors seeking the gold sand for which the river was known cut this trail during the Japanese occupation, although the gold has been fully exploited, the sunlight on the clear waters produces a different and perhaps even more beautiful glimmering. After a swim in the cool waters, visitors can sun themselves on the boulders, After walking for about 25 minutes along the trail, hikers reach a platform. This provides an excellent view of the emerald green waters of Shakadang Stream and the folded strata of marble that form its banks. A wooden walkway leads away from the main Mystery Valley Trail and follows the stream. On weekends, this is a very popular spot, and for those looking to enjoy the tranquility of nature, continuing along the main trail probably offers greater potential. A leisurely progress to the top of the trail and back takes approximately 4~5 hours.

Travel Information

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

Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 8



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


  1. Take a train to Xincheng Railway Station, continue by rental car to Shakadang (Mystery Valley) Trail.
  2. Take a train to Hualien Railway Station, continue by Hualien Bus (New Hualien Station-Tianxiang Line) to Tailuge (Taroko) Visitor Center stop.
Last update time: 2019-03-05

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