After picking up from your hotel at 6:00AM, you will be transferred to Taipei Station, entrain to Hualien. Then, you will enbus for the Taroko Gorge Gateway.
Taroko Gorge is the most visited place after Taipei in Taiwan."Taroko" means "Beautiful" in the lingo of the East Coast Amis natives, and this is exactly what you will say about the gorge when you arrive here. Firstly, you will be guided along a 20km long stretch of highway built into awesome marble cliffs high above the rushing river. Your route will take you through 38 tunnels including the Swallows Caves, the Tunnel of Nine Turns and the Marble Bridge of Motherly Devotion. See the Eternal Spring Shrine, one of the most photographed scenes around the gorge. These little temples were built to memorize those that have lost their lives in the construction of the central cross-island highway. Enjoy lunch at a local Taiwanese style restaurant. Continue to the Chi Hsing Beach and Hualien Stone Sculptural Park. The tour concludes with a visit to a Marble Factory. This tour's many attraction spots will leave you an unforgettable impression of the nature of Taiwan. You will be entrained for Taipei around 5PM. After arriving in Taipei Station, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Taipei City.
Followings are some of this tour's many attraction spots which will leave you an unforgettable impression of the nature of Taiwan.
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung County. It is the second largest national park in Taiwan. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Li Wu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Li Wu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Tsing Shui to Nan Hu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area. The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Pai Yang Waterfall, Yin Tai Waterfall, Chang Chun Waterfall, and Lu Shui Waterfall. Yen Tze Kou and Chiu Chu Tung are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Chang Chun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.
Swallow Cave (Grotto): This part of Taroko Gorge is composed of marble cliff faces covered with small holes, the result of long-term erosion by river and ground water. House swifts and Pacific swallows often forage and nest here, giving the place its name.
Tiansiang Lodge: This is the site of an old Atayal village at the confluence of the Liwu and Dasha rivers. Its name commemorates Wen Tian-siang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty. Scenic spots at Tiansiang include Siangde Temple, Tianfong Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tiangsiang Church. In winter each year the Plum Garden blooms forth, forming a sea of white blossoms stretching from the highway to Siangde Temple. Shanyue Village at Bulowan, another old tribal settlement in the gorge, offers a new and unique type of accommodation for the area.
Qixing Lake: Qixing Lake is located in Beipu Villate, Xincheng Township, in the northeast of Hualien City. Visitors can get there via Meilun Industrial Park by following the signs in front of the National Hualien University of Education. The beach there has an elegant arch shape. The seawater there is clean and blue. The black stones there are crystal. From here visitors can see the great green mountains afar and the twisting highways. The Qixing Lake Scenic Area is designated for the bicycle touring. Along the 21km tour from Nanbin Park in Hualien City to the scenic area via Hualien Harbor and the 48 Highlands, there are different views and scenes. The Hualien County Government even built a number of recreational facilities, such as the Stone Sculpture Park, the Star Watching Plaza, the Sunrise Building, and the children's playground.
At the end of the full day tour to Taroko Gorge, you will entrain from Hualien Station to Taipei Main Station. Your train is expected to arrive Taipei around 7:30PM.
05:30Pick up from your hotel in Taipei City & transfer to Taipei Station
06:30 Train departs Taipei Station
09:30 Train arrives Hualien Station
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch at Silks Place Taroko
16:00 Train departs Hualien Station
19:00 Train arrives Taipei Station & transfer to your hotel in Taipei City