Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)

Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)

Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)
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  • ianwyj
    Singapore5,150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably the most popular segment of the Taroko Gorge region
    If you've made it to the Taroko Gorge, then you would probably have visited the Swallow Grotto. It's the most dramatic, and the most popular, area of the various natural sights in the region. It's also the highlight of the Yanzhikou Trail which runs parallel to the Liwu River. Over many thousands of years, the river carved the high bluff cliffs and the many natural holes in the cliff walls that were used by swallows as the sites of their nests, hence the name of the grotto. The trail also featured the Indian Chief in the Gorge rock formation (which wasn't very obvious but thankfully, there was a sign nearby to point it out) as well as the Jinheng Bridge that was named for a local supervisor who died during the construction of Taiwan's cross-island highway. As with other visitors who were there, we donned hard hats (provided at the start of the trail) to protect against unpredictable rock falls. Part of the old highway is now incorporated into the tourist trail, so some care should be exercised when walking the trail due to adjacent car traffic.
    Visited December 2022
    Written June 2, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom3,507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of the Taroko trails we visited
    The trail close to Buluowan runs along the side of the old road overlooking the Liwu river. It has been closed for a period due to landslips but is now fully open again. For anyone self-driving, there is parking available along the side of the road which is a one-way route. It is also accessible by bus although services are limited (six per day during the week, eight at weekends) and a there is a cafe selling drinks and snacks. Although not particularly long, there are great views of the spectacular gorge and the eroded valley sides plus the gushing river far below. Walking is on the old road parallel to the new tunnel. Much of the trail is under cover due to tunnelling and overhanging rocks so care is needed.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must, So Beautiful!
    I spent a day at Taroko Gorge and everything here was amazing. Swallow Grotto was definitely a highlight. The landscape is so dramatic and beautiful. Pick up your hard hats and watch out for falling rock. The views anywhere along this area are spectacular. There was even a cafe that served great coffee and snacks. Highly recommended
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2024
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ianwyj
Singapore5,150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you've made it to the Taroko Gorge, then you would probably have visited the Swallow Grotto. It's the most dramatic, and the most popular, area of the various natural sights in the region. It's also the highlight of the Yanzhikou Trail which runs parallel to the Liwu River. Over many thousands of years, the river carved the high bluff cliffs and the many natural holes in the cliff walls that were used by swallows as the sites of their nests, hence the name of the grotto. The trail also featured the Indian Chief in the Gorge rock formation (which wasn't very obvious but thankfully, there was a sign nearby to point it out) as well as the Jinheng Bridge that was named for a local supervisor who died during the construction of Taiwan's cross-island highway. As with other visitors who were there, we donned hard hats (provided at the start of the trail) to protect against unpredictable rock falls. Part of the old highway is now incorporated into the tourist trail, so some care should be exercised when walking the trail due to adjacent car traffic.
Written June 3, 2023
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Jessie L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The view was MAGNIFICENT! Hiking in Taroko Gorge while listening to the river flowing was such a dream come true. Although we were walking along "almost vertical cliffs", it's quite safe. The road was well paved and handrails were built along the trail. Oh also, it's mandatory to wear helmet!
Written October 20, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,354 contributions
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Jan 2020
The Swallow Grotto, (Yanzikou Trail) is one of the best- known features of the Taroko Gorge area. The views are great and you really experience what the area was like in the old days. The trek through the forest is uplifting. It's a bit of a climb, but nothing anyone of average fitness can't achieve.
Written January 20, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I spent a day at Taroko Gorge and everything here was amazing. Swallow Grotto was definitely a highlight. The landscape is so dramatic and beautiful. Pick up your hard hats and watch out for falling rock. The views anywhere along this area are spectacular. There was even a cafe that served great coffee and snacks. Highly recommended
Written March 8, 2024
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,095 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
This stunning trail forces you to wear a protective helmet through parts of it, due to falling rocks.
The trails goes along the mountain road, overlooking the deep gorge and watching the powerful water stream.
The road then curves and gets into the mountain, where you can take a closer look at the water down below.
The sheer depth of the gorge is stunning and the huge rock walls on both sides of the gorge will cause your jaw to drop.
Absolutely amazing!
The trail takes anything from an hour to two hours, and is quite easy, as you only follow the road along the gorge.
Written June 17, 2016
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Warren K
Surfers Paradise, Australia116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
fascinating experience check entry cabs are trustworthy difficult to negotiate at times part of famous Raiwan culture
Written February 19, 2020
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Onie T
Mandaluyong, Philippines77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
I was only able to visit/stop at 3 locations in Taroko but this one was my favorite! The views along the tunnel were amazing and exhilarating. Looking above and below the gorges made me feel so small. This is the kind of place that looks good in photos but even better in real life ^_^

This stop is obviously popular since a lot of buses/cars stop here, but it did not feel crowded since the tourists do not stay at one place for a long time and need to move/walk along the way.

If you are budget conscious I suggest you bring your own snacks as the food sold here and in other shops around Taroko are expensive.
Written April 15, 2018
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pocky_11
Singapore, Singapore184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Must Do! although it does seem abit scary that you are walking on the edge of the cliff where falling rocks can hit you, not that i saw anyone got hit. But i do see people coming with construction helmets - thats a good idea. There is a restaurant at the end of the trail - not great food really.
Written March 6, 2017
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andrea2359
Asia285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
It's a simple walk along the beautiful gorge, with potholes where you might get to see the swallows' nests. It is about half an hour bus ride from the Visitor Centre.
Written June 21, 2016
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Zahra SP
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A little walk goes a long way. Words can't explain the magnificent views this place offers. The gorges, river, birds, sound of winds are unforgettable, I keep thinking about it.

Yanzikhou is part of Taroko Gorge park that is easily accessible by shuttle bus. The trail was relatively easy, although you still need to be safe while walking by the road side and under the possible falling rocks.

I recommend this trail, beside the much longer Shakadang Trail.
Written December 27, 2019
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