The Best of Hualien: Taroko National Park (Taroko Gorge)

The Best of Hualien:  Taroko National Park (Taroko Gorge)

Taroko National Park is a must visit attraction in Hualien.  Hualien is approximately 2hr away from Taipei by HSR. Hualien is another prettiest Taiwan city that I have ever visited. It has a good combination of the ocean and mountain.

I only had one night stay at Hualien and the next day to take a sneak peak of Hualien before going back to Taipei. I wish I had more time during my next trip to explore more about Hualien.

Hualien Attractions

 

Taroko National Park

Look at the mountains, with clouds in between 

Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park:  Shakadang Trail  砂卡噹步道

 #1 Taroko National Park Attractions:  Shakadang Trail  砂卡噹步道

Taroko National Park:  Shakadang Trail  砂卡噹步道

  If you were to follow the trail, it will lead you to a crystal-clear turquoise water strewn with imposing marble boulders but eventually we did not walk the trail so I google it and found this…
Isn’t it stunning? Makes me wanna jump in for a good swim!
I need another Hualien trip badly now!
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park: Eternal Spring Shrine 長春祠

#2 Taroko National Park Attractions: Eternal Spring Shrine 長春祠

 The Eternal spring shrine was built in 1958 to remember the workers that have passed away during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway
Taroko National Park: Eternal Spring Shrine 長春祠
 
Taroko National Park: Eternal Spring Shrine 長春祠
 20 minutes of walking through the mountain tunnels to the shrine!
Looking from afar, the shrine looks truly peaceful yet magnificent too.
Taroko National Park
 I was very captivated by the clouds among the mountain, it just makes me feel like in heaven.

Hopping back our hired van to the next destination..

Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

Soil Erosion

Earthquake is quite common in Hualien therefore sometimes if it turns out bad, there will be roadblock to prevent people from entering therefore it’s important to check the Taroko Gorge website before heading there!

Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
 Collecting our helmets before heading to our next stop
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

#3 Taroko National Park Attractions: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

It is advisable to put on your helmet before heading to Swallow Grotto. It is to prevent from head from falling rocks.
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

Liwu River 

Marble cliff with rapid river

Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口
The art of Marble cliff
  

Taroko National Park: Swallow Grotto 燕子口

 Hualien captured my heart~*
 
 In the Swallow Grotto cave, swallow are seen flying around and in fast speed. I had a hard time capturing them, who wants some bird nest? So now you know where to get it haha!
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
 
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

 #4 Taroko National Park Attractions: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

 

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺 Jump shots for a beautiful place is a MUST!

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

  Walking up the stairs to Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
 Even when you are  panting your way up but after seeing all these scenery, it’s all worth!
Isn’t it?
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺
 Xiangde Temple 祥德寺 is on the mountain! It’s really peaceful up there and a good moment to enjoy the scenery there.

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

360 Degree lookout from the top

Truly amazing….

Taroko National Park: Xiangde Temple 祥德寺

 Thank you Hualien for the stunning trip! I would love to visit you again soon and explore the city more deeply on the next trip! Till next time~*

I toured around Taroko Gorge by a hired van. Transportation in Taroko Gorge can be a little inconvenient.
For more transportation information do check out Taroko Gorge Transportation. Alternatively, you can check out klook travel, Taroko Gorge Day Trips package for a comfortable transportation and even a Chinese tour guide to do the explanation for Taroko Gorge. For English service you can reserve the audio service too!
Love,
FEL