Taroko Gorge, nicknamed "The Marble Gorge", is a rugged 19 km long marble-walled canyon 15 km north of Hualien on Taiwan's east coast. It was created by tectonic forces and then carved by the action of the Liwu River.
According to www.chinahighlights.com, Taroko Gorge is Taiwan's most popular tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors. Most of Taiwan's native wildlife and birds can be found here.
Visitors who love spectacular scenery, rock formations, and nature wouldn't want to miss Taroko Gorge. It is a photographer's paradise. Physically fit visitors may choose to explore the canyon on foot and even plan a mountain climbing expedition. Less athletic visitors may choose to see the gorge from a motor scooter, car, or tour bus.
Wanderingeducators.com shares an ultimate guide to exploring Taroko Gorge National Park.
The gorge is located outside the quiet town of Hualien on Taiwan's east coast; it's best to use Hualien as your base to arrive at the gorge early in the morning.
There are numerous group tours and buses that transport tourists to Taroko Gorge, and these are 'okay' if the thought of driving the winding roads along the gorge terrifies you. However, the best option is to explore via your own transportation-preferably with a scooter, which you can rent in Hualien with a valid motorcycle license.
Good news for travelers on a budget for entrance to the national park is free! Taroko Gorge National Park is open the year around. Summer temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius, and winter temperatures can be in the range of 12 to 16 degrees Celsius. Rain is common in the afternoons, and snow is possible at higher elevations in the winter.
Shakadang Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto,Tunnel of Nine Turns, are some of the most recommended must see around the place.
Most people opt to see Taroko Gorge as a day trip. Dining options are less than inspiring to say the least. There are small restaurants located in the towns that dot the way along Taroko and serve up standard Taiwanese fare.
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