Taroko Gorge Blog: Must See Attractions in Taroko National Park

Taroko Gorge Blog: Must See Attractions in Taroko National Park Taiwan

If you ever come to Taichung, you should definitely check out Taroko National Park Taiwan. It has abundance of nature and it’s a perfect heaven for outdoor lovers. If you go from Mt Hehuan and have the courage to brace the cold, spend a night at the top of the mountain. You’ll be greeted by a million of stars at night and a beautiful sunrise in the morning, before driving to Taroko National Park. In this Taroko Gorge blog post, I’m going to show you the must see attractions inside this beautiful park.

Taroko Gorge Blog

The very morning we were heading to Taroko Gorge, we were welcome by a dazzling sunrise. The air was thin and cold, the colorful clouds danced gracefully in the air. If you were here, I bet you would feel the same serenity I had.

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Taroko Gorge Blog sunrise


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Taroko Gorge Blog: Must See Attractions in Taroko National Park Taiwan

Established in 1986, Taroko National Park alone has an area of 92,000 hectares (approximately 227,336 acres). In fact, Taroko is 90% mountainous with 27 peaks over 3000m.

Taroko Gorge Blog inside the park

The national park is especially famous for its marble gorge, leading to its nickname, “The Marble Gorge”. Cut through by the blue-green Liwu River, it forms deep slitted valleys and ravines before emptying into the sea. In one stretch it forms Taroko Gorge, an 18km marble-walled canyon that many consider one of Asia’s scenic wonders.

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The most memorable part for me is Baiyang Waterfall trail (白楊步道), which leads to a cave called Cave of Water Curtains (水簾洞). The cave is exactly what its name is about – where water literally pours down in sheets from the roof. In order to get there, you will need to go through many very long and completely unlit tunnels — a YOLO experience of itself. Be sure to take a torch, or you’ll be walking in pitch black darkness.

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After about 2 hours of exploration, you’ll finally reach the Cave of Water Curtains. You wouldn’t believe how cooling the water was in the cave! It was literally icy cold despite the hot weather out there. Although the cave isn’t big and only took us about 10 mins to finish the exploration, we were very drenched after the walk. But the experience was totally worth it!

I hope you can visit there soon and feel the chill yourself.


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Taroko Gorge Blog – Itinerary at a glance:

  • Taroko National Park (Free Admission)
    • Baiyang Waterfall trail (2km, 3-hr round trip)
      The trail leads to Cave of Water Curtains (水簾洞). The cave is exactly what its name is about – where water literally pours down in sheets from the roof. You will need to go through many very long and completely unlit tunnels to get there— a YOLO experience of itself.
    • Shakadang Trail (砂卡噹步道)
      This trail is built along the river cliff so travelers can easily observe both the folded rocks and ecosystem beside the river shore. 4.5 km after passing Sanjianwu (3D Cabin), the trail leads to an old Datong tribe village, which is a favorite of travelers. After the first curve, you can see running water from the cliff to the lake, a sight which has astonished many people. May is the season for You Tong flowers and makes the trail a pleasant floral walkway.taroko-shakadang
    • The Eternal Spring Shrine (長春祠)
      The Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine) recognizes the personnel who died during the construction of Central Cross-Island Highway. Rivers adjacent to the Changchun Shrine become the scattering falls, and the Highway Bureau named it after “Chanchun Falls” which is now the significant landmark on Central Cross-Island Highway.maxresdefault

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Taroko Gorge Blog – Transportation:

  • By car
    The best way to visit Taroko National Park is to travel by your own vehicle.  But be very cautious; the roads through the gorge are extremely narrow with numerous bends. In addition, there are pedestrians, scooters, cars and massive tour buses all vying for the tight space.
  • By bus
    There are numerous bus tours visiting the gorge every weekend. And, while the buses are comfortable and air-conditioned, the tours tend to have a tight itinerary (including, of course, the obligatory stop at some local gift shop), leaving little time for extended hiking. Tour buses leave from the Hualien visitor information center and cost about NT$988 per person for a whole day tour.
  • Holly

    The Marble Gorge is really pretty. I would love to go through the caves. I would like to visit myself now.

  • Nina Danielle

    Baiyang Waterfall trail looks absolutely stunning! and I’m obsessed with caves haha! thanks for sharing all the details of your trip, very useful

  • Lois Alter Mark

    I love visiting National Parks but have really only seen the ones in the US. This looks like a beautiful place and, although that cave would freak me out, it sounds like an amazing experience!