Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park
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  • Ravi G
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    Beautiful national park with an impressive bus network
    Beautiful national park, absolutely worth visiting. Expect to see crystal clear waters, marble rock faces, giant boulders, forestry and butterflies. Easily accessible from Hualien bus station (next to the train station) via tourist bus number 310. You can purchase a hop on hop off ticket (all day pass) for 250 TWD inside the bus station, allowing you to visit different spots along the national park route. There is an online timetable that tracks the location of the bus so you always know how long you will be waiting for the next one and can plan your timings accordingly. Google 'Taroko national park bus schedule' and click on the link to the government website (it's in English) and then click on the link at the top of the page for Taroko Route #310 bus and all of the information on stops, timetables and fares will be there for you. If you enjoy hiking, Shakadang trail is a beautiful 3 / 4 hours trek (including stops), easy difficulty and the bus drops you outside the trail head. Enjoy!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy lots of walking.
    Taroko If you are a foreign tourist, the convenient way to visit Taroko is to join a tour. There are many day trip from Taipei and also from Hualin. We joined one organized by a hotel in Hualin. The tour included the visit of Shakagang walk, swallow grottoes, nine turns trails, lunch at Bulawan visitor center, Bulawan bridge and eternal spring shrine. We didn’t go to Tianxiang because our guide said nothing to see but a parking. Taroko National park is vast and what I saw are just some part. You need several days to explore. I heard there’s a indigenous people village in the deep mountain, you need to walk 6 hours to get there. I didn’t see any indigenous people during my visit there except for those working at a souvenir shop in Shakadang walk. Except for those who are working for the tourist business, we may not have chance to come across to the local people. This is a popular place for hiking for Taiwanese as well.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Koki F
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour
    Beautiful Park, I took a tour with The Better Tarako Tour. They were great. My tour guide really went above and beyond to give us a great experience. His English was great! And he was fun, cracked a lot of jokes!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Thung673
    The Hague, The Netherlands355 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Taroko park; worthwhile!
    Especially worthwhile viewing the park when it is sunny. Lots of nice walkways and trails. We booked a ultra last minute tour (afternoon before) with a English speaking tour guide. Unfortunately tour guide could not explain much as he lost himself in sentence build up and topics. But the tour itself (30 $pp) was definitely worthwhile to get an idea of the landscape here
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,946 contributions
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    Some spectacular landscapes but park administration could be better
    We undertook a two-night self-drive holiday in the park in early November. Some elements were extremely good, particularly the Swallow Trail and Tunnel of Nine Turns but we found park administration to be very frustrating. We were aware of road closures at certain times of day and tried to structure our visits to various attractions around these closures. However, information on timings seemed to vary depending on your location and roads we expected to be closed were open. Some trails were closed, where there are landslips, this is understandable, but they also closed trails for maintenance and no advance notice is given at National Park Visitor Centres ahead of time. As an example, the Shakadang Trail, shown as open on the day we arrived at the Visitor Centre was closed the following day and we only found this out when we arrived at the entrance to the site. Tour buses seemed equally baffled. We had originally intended to use public buses to get around but information online is so sparse, we decided at the last minute to hire a car in Hualien and we were so pleased we did. The public bus service at present is quite sporadic with long gaps in between services and buses were often full so we would currently not recommend this as a means of getting around. The 302 bus does still operate through the park between Tianxiang and Xingcheng but there are only six buses a day (9am – 3pm) Monday to Friday and eight at weekends. The 302 bus terminates at Taroko Visitor Centre and contrary to what we had understood there are no buses running through Buluowan. This makes it impossible to see many attractions if staying here without own transport or use of a taxi. Some elements we found a little underwhelming, the Quingshui Cliffs and Xiangde Temple as examples. Overall we were happy to have made the visit as part of our tour of Taiwan, but better public transportation would make a big difference to accessibility around the park.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom570 contributions
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    A Must-do
    Came here as part of an excursion from a cruise. We walked for about one and a half hours on the Shakadang Trail which was very dramatic, but felt very safe. We also visited the Eternal Spring Shrine and waterfall which was again dramatic. Absolutely loved this place.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Sergiu L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taroko gorge trip
    We spent the full day trip from Taipei, with guide Tonny Teng, who picked up from Hualien station. Tonny took us to four different places in Taroko gorge. He is a very safe driver, he spoke good english and knows the area very well. Our familly had a fantastic day. We higly recommend Tonny, you won’t be disappointed.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 24, 2023
  • luxuryvoyage
    Switzerland3,351 contributions
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    Impressive and winding gorge
    An impressive winding gorge with many worthwhile sightseeing stops. You can visit the gorge on a day tour (for example from Taipei). However, it is much nicer to combine the tour with an overnight stay at Silks Place at the end of the gorge. There is a bus that stops at all the tourist hotspots (hop on hop off), but you lose a lot of time. We traveled with our own rental car and found this to be the best option. The only disadvantage is that it was sometimes difficult to find a parking space at the sights. Alternatively, I would recommend a private tour with a driver, then you don't have to look for a parking space. The front part of the gorge (at the entrance to the gorge) is rather boring, the interesting sights are at the back. If you are only here on a day trip, you should drive to the end of the gorge first and start your sightseeing tour from there. You will need more time than you think to see the entire gorge. The Taroko Gorge was one of the highlights of our trip to Taiwan.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
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Ravi G
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Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful national park, absolutely worth visiting. Expect to see crystal clear waters, marble rock faces, giant boulders, forestry and butterflies.

Easily accessible from Hualien bus station (next to the train station) via tourist bus number 310. You can purchase a hop on hop off ticket (all day pass) for 250 TWD inside the bus station, allowing you to visit different spots along the national park route.

There is an online timetable that tracks the location of the bus so you always know how long you will be waiting for the next one and can plan your timings accordingly. Google 'Taroko national park bus schedule' and click on the link to the government website (it's in English) and then click on the link at the top of the page for Taroko Route #310 bus and all of the information on stops, timetables and fares will be there for you.

If you enjoy hiking, Shakadang trail is a beautiful 3 / 4 hours trek (including stops), easy difficulty and the bus drops you outside the trail head.

Enjoy!
Written March 4, 2023
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
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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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Jeremy L
Ka'anapali, HI4 contributions
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Nov 2022
I visited Taroko National Park in November 2022. I very much recommend getting a driver for your visit, as the roads can be difficult to drive on and it is especially helpful if you have a limited amount of time and want to maximize what you can see during your visit.

I highly recommend the driver I hired (based on many other positive reviews from others), Tonny Teng. He is very kind, knowledgeable, professional, and he made my visit to the park very easy and fun! His english is good and he will cater your day to your interests/needs.

I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Written November 18, 2022
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luxuryvoyage
Switzerland3,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
An impressive winding gorge with many worthwhile sightseeing stops. You can visit the gorge on a day tour (for example from Taipei). However, it is much nicer to combine the tour with an overnight stay at Silks Place at the end of the gorge. There is a bus that stops at all the tourist hotspots (hop on hop off), but you lose a lot of time. We traveled with our own rental car and found this to be the best option. The only disadvantage is that it was sometimes difficult to find a parking space at the sights. Alternatively, I would recommend a private tour with a driver, then you don't have to look for a parking space. The front part of the gorge (at the entrance to the gorge) is rather boring, the interesting sights are at the back. If you are only here on a day trip, you should drive to the end of the gorge first and start your sightseeing tour from there. You will need more time than you think to see the entire gorge. The Taroko Gorge was one of the highlights of our trip to Taiwan.
Written January 9, 2024
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Thung673
The Hague, The Netherlands355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Especially worthwhile viewing the park when it is sunny. Lots of nice walkways and trails. We booked a ultra last minute tour (afternoon before) with a English speaking tour guide. Unfortunately tour guide could not explain much as he lost himself in sentence build up and topics. But the tour itself (30 $pp) was definitely worthwhile to get an idea of the landscape here
Written August 3, 2023
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Unicornhiflier
Hong Kong, China28 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
It is a must visit if you go to Taiwan for the first time ! The vistas, the sceneries and views with pristine blue waters swelling with white crests on waves that greet you are a sight for sore eyes be it Hua Lian county, or Swallow Gorges.. although we didnt see any swallow there 🦜 haha, but the rock formations are gorgeous.. comparable to Grand Canyon in the US. The suspension bridges are a work of art to see ! A day in Taroko National Park is a day entrenched in your memories forever ! 🎉
Written January 7, 2020
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Anne S
Leeds, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Came here as part of an excursion from a cruise. We walked for about one and a half hours on the Shakadang Trail which was very dramatic, but felt very safe. We also visited the Eternal Spring Shrine and waterfall which was again dramatic. Absolutely loved this place.
Written November 30, 2023
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dennis s
Denver, CO50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A must see in northern Taiwan. You can see the park’s main attractions by getting on either the #302 bus (starts in Xincheng)) or the #310 bus (starts in Hualien). The buses circle the main road in the park, stopping at the main sights where you can get off and hop on another. The park visitor headquarters is located about a 1/2 mile outside the park and the buses don’t stop there.
When we went a number of the trails were closed due to rockslides or maintenance. The sights / stops worth seeing are the Tunnel of Nine Turn ( no car parking available), Tianxiang (where the buses turn around), Heilu camping zone, where you can walk a short distance to cross a suspension bridge over the gorge, and the Changchun shrine. Took one whole day and maybe if more trails were open could have spent two days.
Written January 7, 2023
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MizuhoK
Hino, Japan3,274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Taroko
If you are a foreign tourist, the convenient way to visit Taroko is to join a tour. There are many day trip from Taipei and also from Hualin. We joined one organized by a hotel in Hualin. The tour included the visit of Shakagang walk, swallow grottoes, nine turns trails, lunch at Bulawan visitor center, Bulawan bridge and eternal spring shrine. We didn’t go to Tianxiang because our guide said nothing to see but a parking.
Taroko National park is vast and what I saw are just some part. You need several days to explore. I heard there’s a indigenous people village in the deep mountain, you need to walk 6 hours to get there. I didn’t see any indigenous people during my visit there except for those working at a souvenir shop in Shakadang walk. Except for those who are working for the tourist business, we may not have chance to come across to the local people.
This is a popular place for hiking for Taiwanese as well.
Written March 22, 2023
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Sergiu L
South Korea5 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
We spent the full day trip from Taipei, with guide Tonny Teng, who picked up from Hualien station. Tonny took us to four different places in Taroko gorge. He is a very safe driver, he spoke good english and knows the area very well. Our familly had a fantastic day. We higly recommend Tonny, you won’t be disappointed.
Written December 25, 2023
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