Famed for the stunning marble gorge, Taroko National Park is regarded as one of the top nature wonders in Asia. With the opening of the improved Suhua Highway that shortens the travel time, having a day tour from Taipei to Hualien is easier.
The awe-inspiring deep gorge cut by the flow of water for millions of years resulted in the natural masterpieces such as Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, etc. On this one-day tour, you will ramble through the trails in the gorge while enjoying the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs. Make sure you have enough storage space on your phone! The beauty of Taroko Gorge will make you want to capture every moment.
Additionally, you will also visit hottest and classic attractions in Hualien such as the eco-friendly factory—TCC DAKA Park, and the breathtaking coastal landscape—Qingshui Cliff.
Meet your tour guide in the early morning, and then enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful view from the windows.
Before you reach Taroko Gorge, you will take a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory run by TCC. The factory is open to public, through the exhibition and installations, visitors can have a good understanding about recycling and upcycling. The installations of Smartflower solar power system are also the highlight in the park, which supplies the power for the exhibition hall and the T-Bar advertisement.
TCC DAKA Park is more than a factory. The fountain plaza and the eye-catching buildings of 7-Eleven convenience store and Starbucks Coffee also make the park an Instagram hotspot.
The archway is not only a gateway to Taroko Gorge, but also a landmark symbolizing the predecessors’ dedication to the Central Cross-Island Highway.
Your epic journey to Taroko National Park will start from here. From the entry to Tianxiang, this 20km section of Central Cross-Island Highway winding through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will blow you away.
Your first stop is Shakadang Trail, one of the most popular hiking trails in Taroko National Park, also known as “Mysterious Valley Trail”.
The rivers gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meander along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above.
The next stop of your Taroko Gorge tour is Swallow Grotto. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name.
Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky.
Next, you will stop by Cimu Bridge (literally motherly devotion bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by the late president Chiang Jing-guo, for a heart-touching story about a loving mother.
Before lunch, you will take a short break at Tianxiang. It is a large river terrace recreational area, where the Youth Activity Center, a Catholic Church and the only 5-star hotel in the park are located.
This area features many spectacular river landscapes, such as the meandering streams and the potholes, making Tianxiang the most picturesque place for dinning and lodge.
Your lunch will be served in a restaurant in Taroko National Park.
After lunch, your tour continues with a visit to Tunnel of Nine Turns. Hold your breath, because this natural masterpiece will take your breath away!
Tunnel of Nine Turns is considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge, which reopened to public in 2019 after years of repair works. As you walk along the trail, you can see the meandering river running through the deep and spectacular canyon from above, and you can also have a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls.
After that, you will visit Eternal Spring Shrine, a memorial shrine established in 1958, to commemorate the 225 personnel (military veterans) who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway.
From afar, you can see the waterfall cascading over the sheer cliff below the shrine, creating a picturesque view.
Before the end of your tour to Taroko Gorge, you will stop for a visit at one of the “Eight Wonders” in Taiwan, Qingshui Cliff, for another visual feast.
The soaring cliff is more than 1000 meters high, stretches for 21 kilometers and nearly vertically drops into the sea, that you can enjoy a sweeping view from the viewing platform.
On the way back to Taipei, you will take a break at Su’ao Service Area, where you can get a quick bite and the local snacks. Your 13-hour adventure ends with drop-off at Taipei Main Station.
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