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“Not enough for day trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge
Xinchen Township, Hualien, Taiwan
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Private Tour: Hualien Taroko Gorge Day Tour including Round-Trip Transfer
Ranked #1 of 237 things to do in Hualien
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Hangzhou, China
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“Not enough for day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The view is really amazing anywhere from this national park, if you like hiking, do a lot of research, there will be a lot of trail that you can go, for sure i will get back here to spend more days.

The access to the place also very convenient, you can go with daily tour (heaps), rent a taxi (around 2500 - 3000 NT for about 8 hours), bike, or scooter. I went there with taxi and the taxi driver was amazing, with a lot of knowledge, and very polite as well.

I wouldn't say much for this place, obviously, the place very famous, and hard to describe this place with words :)

Visited November 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Nature at its gorgeous best. Spectacular landscape and rocks, clean water. Hard to describe. You've got to see it and experience it.

Visited October 2013
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Tampere, Finland
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“Maybe the most beautiful place I've been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

What an amazing place! Absolutely beautiful! There's no words to describe its beauty. It's simply breathtaking! (Enough praises already? :)

I spent 1.5 days there. The first day (afternoon) I biked from Xincheng to the start of Shakadang trail and walked around 1.5km and back. Then I biked to the temple at the end of the Eternal Spring Shrine trail and hiked to Guanyin Cave/vantage point. There's a cool suspension bridge and great views from the trail itself and also from the Bell Tower and Taroko Tower too.

The next day my host drove me and bike to the start of the Lianhou Pond trail which is about 5km upwards from Tiansiang town. Yet again fantastic views (what else would expect!?).

Then I took it easy and biked downhill all the way to Xincheng making stops every now and then and did some hikes.

I believe this (or with a scooter) must be the best way to see Taroko! You can do, see and hike
whatever you want to do/hike at your own pace. You can also get away from the crowds and go to places where the tour buses don't stop.

If you're interested in biking in Taroko' I'd suggest you to stay at the Taroko Lodge in Xincheng (I think most trains stop there, it's the "Taroko station").

Visited November 2013
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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“Highlight of the East coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is a really impressive gorge. In this time of the year looking beautiful and not too overloaded with tourist. It is easy to go by own car or scooter. Parking at the main points of interest is easy. Difficult to describe the immenseness. Need to experience yourself.

Visited November 2013
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“Thrilling place of cliffs, ravines and gorges”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I love hiking in this area. There's an otherworldly quality to Taroko Gorge: it's a place of extreme rock formations, crevices, great heights, and rushing blue water, and it would be a wonderful location for an adventure movie shoot. In fact, my first thought upon seeing here was that a climactic cliffhanger Indiana Jones sequence could be shot here.

There's really no place quite like it on earth, and the views will thrill you (and give you a cremaster reflex if you're male). When I first began looking at round and taking pictures, I felt sensory saturation, as there is so much to look at and study, and the light, air and sound are so unusual. If you fell here, it could be fatal, but there are good guard rails. Hiking here isn't strenuous, and I saw no evidence of falling-rock danger. It's best to go at the height of the day if you can, though this is in a remote part of Taiwan and your travel plans may not allow that. I saw it in mid-afternoon, and the shadowing effect because of the high rock formations is pretty marked.

Nominally, TG reminded me of southwestern Utah's rockier parks, but here the color palette is different: instead of ochre, there is aqua, cerulean and gray.

On a separate note about this region, a drive north along the extreme-east Taiwan Hwy 11, right along rock formations that drop off sharply into the Pacific, is just spectacular! What a great drive! Hwy 11 passes through the Hualien area.

Visited October 2013
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