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Xiulin Township, Hualien County


Buluowan is a settlement where the Atayal tribe originally lived. Buluowan is surrounded by mountains, and during festive occasions, the powerful singing of the tribes' people resonates among the valleys. Two or three hundred years ago, the Atayal Tribe decided to relocate, and some tribes people left their original homes in upstream Zhuoshui River, and crossed over the Central Mountain Range to settle by Liwu River and Mugua River in Hualien. Buluowan was the settlement which the aboriginals of Taroko had built near the Liwu River. The settlement was divided into upper and lower Buluowan, and was led by the two ruling clans. It was not until the Truku War in 1914 and the Musha Incident in 1930, that the Taroko aboriginals were forced by the Japanese to move out of the gorge, into flatland areas, like Fushi Village and Xiulin Village in Xiulin Township. Buluowan, which is 370 meters above sea level, has a temperature that remains at an average of 21.5 degreed all year long.

Buluowan is a double layered river steppe, with Mt. Da standing on its south, and Liwu River flowing on its north. It has abundant natural biological resources, which include varieties of tropical monsoon rainforest plants, and many animal species. The place is ideal for conducting natural observation activities.

The Buluowan Administration Station in Taroko National Park's Administration Center spent years cultivating the Formosan Wild Lily; now a sea of wild lilies bloom each year, from March to May. The lily fields near the Buluowan Tourist Center are a beautiful sight, which continually amaze and attract visitors.

Buluowan is divided into upper and lower platform areas, and the most singular sight in the scenic walkway in the upper platform area. When the hanging tendrils of the banyan trees come into contact with the earth, it automatically curls around objects, creating the curious scene of vines embracing stones.

The Atayal Cultural Center is a specially designed tourist area in Buluowan; it has an administration center, an Atayal culture exhibition area, a multimedia presentation center, and a circular theater. In the exhibition area, there are elderly Atayals demonstrating how they weave cloth and rushes in the traditional method. There are also 20 or so bamboo huts built in the Atayal style, where visitors may stay overnight.

Travel Information

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

Nat'l Fwy 5 → Exit at the Su'ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 8
**The Central Cross-Island Highway (Guguan to Deji Section) is currently closed for repairs.

  1. Take TRA to Hualien Station or Xincheng Station, transfer Taroko Route 310 to Buluowan stop.
  2. Take TRA to Hualien Station or Xincheng Station, transfer Hualien Bus 1133 to Buluowan stop.

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Last update time: Nov 23, 2023
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