Taroko Gorge

Remote Tarako Gorge Zhongbu Cross-island Highway, Hualien County, Taiwan 972 Published on: 13-11-2015

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The Taroko Gorge is composed mainly metomorphic rocks, such as marble,gneiss, "schist",etc. The most phenomenal aspect of the park is the amazing relief.

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Why Taroko Gorge is special ?

If your visiting Taiwan, you’ll not want to miss the countries’ number 1 tourist attraction; The Taroko Gorge National Park. The park sits on the north east corner of the island and is surrounded on all sides by steep mountainous slopes that have been carved out by the river that runs through it.

The Taroko Gorge is composed mainly metomorphic rocks, such as marble,gneiss, "schist",etc. The name, Taroko, means the "magnificent and splendid" in the language of Truku, the aboriginal tribe who resides in the area. The most phenomenal aspect of the park is the amazing relief. In a single afternoon you can travel from rugged coastal cliffs through a maze of subtropical forested canyons to high elevation subalpine coniferous forests.

How to get to Taroko Gorge?

Below we’ve listed the 5 ways that you can visit The Taroko Gorge with brief descriptions of each. Good luck and have fun!

Bus Tours:

This is the most popular way to see the gorge, but keep in mind that doesn’t mean its the “best” way to see the gorge. The main benefit to booking a bus tour is that it will be “stress free”. You can book one from Taipei or Hualien, everything will be taken care of and you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. On the flip side, you’ll loose any sense of adventure and will feel like cattle being herded from stop to stop. At the end of the day it depends on how much time you’re willing to dedicate to the gorge (this is an efficient option). Prices stretch the gamut from $650 to $5,800 TWD depending on type and duration.

Jump On/Jump Off Shuttle:

This option is similar to a Bus Tour but with more freedom, no audio tours and no meals included. With this option you’ll be able to see the gorge at more of your own pace but you will most likely spend a lot of time waiting around for a shuttle if you decide to take a little more time at a particular area. It’s also cheaper at around $250 TWD for one day and $400 TWD for two days.

Scooter Rental:

This provides you with the most freedom by far! Scooters can be rented from Hualien or from Taroko Village (AKA Taroko Archway), but riding from Hualien can be a bit long. Your best bet is to take a bus from Hualien to Taroko Village and rent one from there. In Taroko Village you can rent a scooter for approximately $400 TWD per day plus gas. The downside of renting scooters is that you will need to navigate the gorge on your own, dodge packed roads of tour buses and brave the elements if it decides to rain. Over all, its a fun and affordable way to see the gorge.

Taxi Rental:

If you’ve got the money and don’t want to worry about driving then a taxi is a great way to go. You can hire a guide, avoid the elements and sit in a comfortable seat. But as expected, you’ll pay for the convenience.

Public Bus:

In theory it can be done, however its not a common choice. The buses are infrequent and hard to spot. In most cases, it’s probably not worth your time. For a few more dollars you might as well just jump on a shuttle and see the entire park in one day rather than be at the mercy of the public bus.

This artical is written by travel magazine thisboundlessworld.com

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Tips for you

  • - If you want to enter high-mountainous areas, you must prepare all necessary mountaineering equipment, acquire an access permit for entering an ecological protection area and a mountain access permit. - Make sure your cameras are charged because there are a lot of beautiful views.
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  • - Bring a raincoat or umbrella and wear good shoes, better if waterproof, as the rocks can be rather slippery. - Bring a flashlight, as you will pass through a couple long unlit tunnels on this trail.
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  • Wear comfortable shoes, layers, and you may be required to wear a helmet depending on where you hike due to rocks falling.
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  • Light weight clothing is suggested for hot temperatures. Long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes, and bug repellent will make hiking more pleasant.
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  • Be sure to apply for the permits early (at least 1 week before) as some permits are limited by a small number per day. If you plan to travel in ecological protection area, you are required to contact the Recreation and Services Section of Taroko National Park. (Mon-Fri. Office hours 886-3-8621100 ext 604 or 886-3-8621576).
  • Visitors should beware of falling rocks on the road and trails, especially after heavy rains, typhoons and earthquakes.
  • - Be aware of giant hornets and poisonous snakes while using the trails. The climate is sub-tropical, with mild winters and hot, wet summers. (only low altitude areas.)
  • - The most scenic spot could also be the most dangerous spot. Please always take care of your personal and teammates’ safety. Also, please maintain the cleanliness of the environment. We further request visitors to obey the regulations stipulated in the National Parks Act and refrain from the prohibited activities proclaimed therein.
  • Small rock falls may often be a portent of big rock falls. Thus, when you observe such occurrence, you must be vigilant, depart the area quickly, and alert others in the area. When a rock fall occurs or when you hear the sound of rock fall and are unable to leave quickly, then you should crouch down close to the mountain face and hold your arms above your head for protection.
  • - When you encounter wildlife, please keep your distance for safety sake. Do not harass or feed the animals. - During the summer and autumn seasons, poisonous snakes and potentially dangerous giant hornets can be encountered. Please be careful. - Be careful when you walk down the trail to the hot springs, as the steps on this path are steep and slick...
  • For lunch, there are eateries at Tian Xiang which are priced decently.
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Travelling from Hualien to Cingjing thru Taroko was great! It took us 5hours for the whole tour definitely worth the trip especially when u're at the summit. We were fortunate to catch the breath taking sunset on the way down to Cingjing. A memorable trip thanks to our guide Xiao Zhen from Hualien. Summit was at 4degrees, strong wind makes it extremely cold up there.

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This is a hike of moderate -difficulty, depending on the fitness level of the hiker and the experience in mountain hikes.It is a hike that can be done in 6 hours or less if the pace is fast. However, that will mean that it becomes merely a hike that tests your own limits. However, take it easy and it can be done in 7 - 8 hours with lots of opportunity to enjoy the scenery from above the valleys below and the ranges of mountains that surrounds you and breathe in the cool refreshing mountain air.There are different gradients along the entire 11km route (map-distance) and the width of the trail can be very narrow (a narrow as 1 metre), especially the 500 metre ledge along the cliff-face with a sheer vertical drop of 750 metres on your right. This is not for those with fear of heights or those with weak knees.The views and the marble and granite formations are most beautiful!Pointers:1. wear sturdy mountain shoes, the terrain is varied (boulders, rocks, pebbles, roots and soil)2. dress lightly, even when the chill gets to you at the beginning of the hike (a light jacket to start with, which can be taken off as your body heats up with the effort)3. bring a lunch (small & light) and at least a litre of water4. A good walking stick (extendable) short for going up. Longer for coming down to relieve the pressure on knees and prevent soreness (calves and hamstrings) after the hike.5. REMEMBER to register for the hike at the police post. There is a capacity for each day (no more than 60 hikers) for safety reasons. They do monitor your ingress and egress at the entrance and exit of the trail.

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What a stunning cutting through a valley of marble. The colours, waterfalls, soaring birds, cloud covered mountain tops.. it left me speechless and in awe of such natural beauty. This is a must visit for nature lovers.

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Wow, this place is incredible. The scenery is absolutely stunning!!!! Everywhere you look, you see earth in its raw and natural state. Definitely a must see. We had tea as well in the park and there's a fabulous hotel inside as well where we had lunch. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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