As we talk about Hualien, first image that comes up in your mind probably will be Taroko Gorge(太魯閣峽谷). With amazing canyons and cliffs, Taroko Gorge has become a must-see in Taiwan for foreigners. There are distinctive trails in Taroko National Park. Among these trails, Zhuilu Old Trail(錐麓古道) is the most famous one due to the magnificent scenery. Though the beautiful view does attract people, it's not an easy challenge if you want to visit Zhuilu Old Trail. The narrow path, physical energy required and park entry permit are the reasons that stop people for coming. Well, now you don't need to…

Meaning 'echo', Bulowan is a former Taroko mountain village divided into a lower park-like terrace (with a small exhibition area) and an upper-level resort. Come here to watch Taroko Gorge transform from steep marble cliff walls into dense forest clinging to mist shrouded peaks. You can walk up to Bulowan via a short flight of stairs (starting at Km178.8), or drive up a side road. The section of Bulowan leading to Swallow Grotto was closed at the time of research. Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities…

At about 1km east of Lüshui (綠水), Cimu Bridge (Bridge of Motherly Devotion) is an attractive red suspension bridge built by former President Chiang Jing-guo in memory of his mother, Lady Soong May-ling. Guarded at both ends by formidable-looking marble Chinese lions, the 135m structure overlooks the point where where Laoxi River pours into Liwu River. At the eastern base of the bridge is the Cimu Pavilion (慈母亭; Címǔ Tíng), built by President Chiang Kai-shek and dedicated to his mother, Madam Wang Caiyu. Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic…

The stars of the picturesque Plum Garden near the heart of Taroko National Park are the Chinese plum trees that famously form a sea of snow-white blossoms every winter. The best time to catch them in bloom is late December or January.   Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities -Highly recommend to:Outdoors Enthusiasts -Opening Hours:Tourist Center Mon 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Tue 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Wed 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Thu 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Fri 8:30 am - 17:00 pm…

A trek to this high waterfall and back is 3.6km and takes about two hours to complete. The trail starts about 500m up the road from Tienhsiang. Look for the tunnel on the left; you have to go through this to get to the trail on the other side. Bring a torch as it's 380m long!   Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities -Highly recommend to:Outdoors Enthusiasts -Opening Hours:Tourist Center Mon 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Tue 8:30 am - 17:00 pm Wed 8:30 am -…

Along this half-kilometre slice of the old highway (starting at Km178), the gorge twists and towers in one of its most colourful and narrow sections. It's a superb location for taking pictures. It's best to visit here before noon as tour buses literally fill the entire stretch later in the day. If you are driving be aware that you can only proceed in a westerly direction. There's parking at the far end.   Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā Gōngyuán] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities -Highly recommend to:Outdoors Enthusiasts -Opening Hours:Tourist Center…

Towering coastal cliffs are a regular feature of Taiwan's east. The most spectacular examples, known as the Qingshui Cliffs, extend 21km from Chondge, just north of where the Liwu River enters the sea, to the town of Heren. One classic location for cliff viewing is a little pullover park at Km176.4 on Hwy 9. The cliffs are composed of durable marble and schist walls, which rise 200m to 1000m above sea level. They form the easternmost section of the Central Mountains, and reportedly are the oldest bit of rock in Taiwan. Travel Info Taroko National Park [太魯閣國家公園 / Tàilǔgé Gúojiā…

This 18km marble-walled gorge has been a popular walking and hiking destination since the 1930s. The park puts out an excellent guide in the Trails of Taroko Gorge and Su-Hua Areas. Pick up a copy at the National Park Headquarters. Useful trail maps are included with clear information on length, times, conditions and things to observe along the way. Taroko Gorge began as coral deposits deep under the sea. Under pressure from geological forces, the coral was transformed into limestone and then marble, schists and gneiss. Five million years ago, as Taiwan was lifted from the sea by the collision…

Taroko National Park is Taiwan's top tourist destination. With its marble-walled canyons, lush vegetation and mountainous landscape, Taroko really puts the formosa (beautiful) in Ilha Formosa. The park covers 1200 sq km and rises from sea level in the east to over 3700m further west. In fact, Taroko is 90% mountainous, with 27 peaks over 3000m. Almost all the bio-geographical zones in Taiwan are represented here, providing a sanctuary for half the island's plant and animal species. The blue-green Liwu River (called Yayung Paru – Great River – by the Taroko tribe) cuts through the centre, forging deep slitted valleys…