One Day Tour in Taipei | Top 20 Must-Visit Attractions in Taiwan
Hualien Taroko Gorge National Park
Some tourists titled it as the most precarious terrifying route to visite. There is no other road like this on Earth. There are innumerable abrupt cliffside and hairpin turns. So, be careful. Little rockfalls are falling more than fall occasionally on the road. And you will encounter dozens of single-lane tunnels without lighting. So you’d better visit during the daytime. Do not risk your life for adventures.
The Philippine Oceanic Plate and Eurasian Continental Plate collided around 4 million years ago. High pressures caused the original limestone rock turning into marble through metamorphism, coupled with the erosive water power of Liwu River (立霧溪), the gorge valley came into being. To this day, the walls of Gorge keep rising at the rate approximately 0.5CM every single year.
# Entrance: free
Attractions: natural wonders, Eternal Spring Shrine which features a stunning waterfall, Liwu River, Taroko Gorge, aboriginal settlements, temples, museums, hiking trails, Hualien Stone Sculpture Park, strolling along Chi-Hsing Beach, local shrines
Established on 28 November 1986 with the attempt to conserve natural resources and wildlife in Taiwan. Taroko National Park covers areas of Hualien County (in Chinese: 花蓮縣), Nantou County (南投縣), and Taichung City (台中市).
# Wildlife and birds
The elevation of the park ranges from sea level up to 3700 meters. Thus, the park includes several different climate zones, which is a perfect habitat to live for animals and plants. There is a wide range of wildlife here, including 34 species of mammals, such as the Taiwanese dee, black bear, Formosan Macaque, serow, wild boar. Additionally, roughly 90% of the bird species in Taiwan can be found in Taroko. Literally, there are 144 species of birds living here, such as Formosan blue magpie, finches, Swinhoe’s pheasant, and Formosan Laughingthrush.
In Taroko National Park, there are 3 hotels in total, including iconic Silks Place Taroko Hotel at Tianxiang, aboriginal-staffed and themed Taroko Village Hotel on the mountaintop at Buluowan, and Tianxiang Youth Activity Center, literally a hostel indeed. If you live Hualien City, you might consider Airbnb style accommodation.