Taroko National Park

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Nati
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Taroko National Park is a very scenic place.
Jun 2020
Taroko National Park is a very scenic place. Not only are there towering peaks, but there are waterfalls that fall straight down, and there are many natural caves. Walk in the planned path, watch the swallows fly past you, watch the water continue to rush down. The end of the heart and eyes are only this amazing landscape, unknowingly has been climbing up. If you have time, take a walk to Taroko National Park. Use your eyes to see the scenery you wouldn't normally see, listen to the sounds of nature, and enjoy the comfort of the whole person bathed in the mountains and waters.
Written November 28, 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Breathtaking & Enjoyable
Nov 2019
Took a day tour with Klook. Quite affordable and worthwhile trip. The Taroko National park and especially the Taroko gorge was the highlight of our itinerary. Very interesting and worthwhile tour. Must vist while in Hualien.
Written October 21, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,930 contributions
Spectacular Cross- Island Highway
Aug 2020
Taroko National Park is a gorge chipped out of the rock by veterans of the Republic of China (ROC) army. It is a spectacular sight. Taroko Gorge is Taiwan's top tourist attraction. Get a mini bus if you don't want to hire a car; there are lots of things to see. The National Park is the beginning of the Cross-Isand HIghway..
Written September 12, 2020
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Sharon Ho
Kuching, Malaysia263 contributions
It was spectacular!
Nov 2019 • Couples
The best national park in Taiwan I would say! The natural rocks formations, shrines, bridges etc. it just add on more vibe to the whole breezy environment! It was a great ride on the tour van with a small group of people. It was even better listening to the history of the place. It was hard work, sweat and blood of those living in the olden days just to create the national park.

Worth the visit especially in different seasons!
Written March 1, 2020
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Betty
2,485 contributions
Awesome
Jun 2019
The scenery is spectacular and you definitely have to visit. There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders. Some of the roads can be terrifying but that's what makes it so beautiful.
Written February 26, 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston654 contributions
Three types of trails
Sep 2019
The park is really beautiful. It is a UNESCO site. The park is large. Taroko is like a gorgeous mine of marble.

There are 3 types of trails: scenic, hiking, mountaineering. We were mainly interested in the scenic trails. The scenic trails are relaxing and easy to walk.

To travel to Taroko, we took a train from Taipei to Huailieng. The train is very fast, comfortable, and cheap. It takes 1 hour from Taipei main train station to Huailieng. We hired a driver through tripadvisor; we contacted him by whatsup 30 minutes before arriving to Huailieng. He picked us up at the train station and he took us to Taroko (approximately 40 minutes from the train station). We only spent one day at the park. We visited six trails including the Swallow grotto, the tunnel of the nine turns, the Shakadang (Mysterious valley), the eternal spring, and the Bell Tower. All these trails are different. It took us 6 hours to visit them. We finished our visit at the Bell Tower trail. This is magical. You climb for 20 minutes to the bell tower, you cross a bridge, and you see the shrine with the large bell. The views of the Taroko gorge are spectacular. Of interest very people visit this trail. After this trail, the driver took us back to Huaileng to take our train back to Taipei.

If you want to do the hiking and mountaineering trails you need two or three days and perhaps, you have to spend one or two nights in a local hotel.

There is no entrance fee. There are places where you can rest and seat and have a bite. There are excellent observation decks.


This is what we learn:

If you take a tour, it is usually rushed and takes you to a 2 or 3 trails only. In addition, most tours include a visit to a jade shop for one- two hours (waste of time and money). There is no need to take a tour. Taroko is free, there are names and maps, and many people who can help you finding the trails.
Independently is the best way to visit the park. Do not pretend to walk from one trail to the other. They are usually very distant from each other and although the roads are excellent, the cars and buses go fast and could be scary. If you want to take the local bus, keep in mind that the bus is not very reliable, schedules are limited, during the weekend and holidays the buses could be very crowded, and the time you spent at each trail would depend on the bus schedule. It could be frustrating as you may visit only 2 or 3 trails.

The best options are either to hire a driver or to rent a scooter. Both options give you a lot of freedom. The driver is safer and not expensive and waits for you. The driver knows the trails.

If you are in Taipei and have several days there, choose a clear, sunny day to visit Taroko. It frequently rains in Taroko; the weather is different from Taipei. We went to Taroko on a very sunny and clear, warm and not humid Thursday of September. The weather was perfect! We were able to take lovely pictures and walk in a very relaxing manner. The sunset was fantastic.
Written February 2, 2020
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Vivienne C
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Great ride!
Dec 2019 • Family
We stayed at Taroko Lodge in Xincheng which is 5 Min drive from the Xincheng Taroko Station.
The lady runs the lodge with her son, she doesn't speak English. She is a lovely lady and is very hospitable, we had a native speaker with us to help with translation.
Taroko Gorge was a great experience. We spent 1 day riding down and one day we revisited the 9 turns and Xicheng by taxi. We also went to lovely seaside lookout.
Written January 21, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,930 contributions
Spectacular Gorge in the center of the island
Jan 2020
Taroko National Park is a feature of Taiwan that you should not miss, The National Parks administration has done a fine job of opening up Taroko Gorge to visitors. Very few people who visit are not impressed by this natural wonder.
Written January 20, 2020
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Hahnt
Raleigh, NC46 contributions
Wow, great natural scenery. Definitely worth a visit.
Jan 2020
A convenient and most economic way to get to Taroko National Park is by taking a train to Hualien or Xincheng (which is closer to Taipei, takes 2.5 to 3 hours one-way and costs around 400 TWD or US$ 13). There are inexpensive shuttle buses from both Hualien and Xincheng stations that stop by every attractions. My favorites are: Jiuqudong (九曲洞) and Xiaozhuli walking trail (小錐麓步道) which is connected with the Zhakadang walking trail (砂卡礑步道). Jiuqudong offers the best scenery and photo ops. The two aforementioned walking trails offers good, challenging exercises and some good scenery along the way. The Changchun Shrine (長春祠) is a waste of time; so is the the park headquarter and visitor center stop, unless you want to take a break at the restaurant there, where the food is surprisingly good and reasonably priced. I wanted to go to the Swallow Cave (燕子口) too, but it was closed that day.
Written January 14, 2020
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Christine G
Brisbane, Australia77 contributions
A night in the Taroko National Park
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stayed overnight in a 5 star hotel allowing us to visit different par6ts of the park late afternoon and again next morning. The marble cliffs of the gorge are quite outstanding and the scenery beautiful.
Written January 7, 2020
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