Taroko National Park is where the aborigines used to take refuge. The park, which for a long time was a parcel of inaccessible land, offers spectacular views along a 12 mile road that connects the Pacific coast to the heart of the mountain. The scenery is absolutely stunning. There are several stops to be made along the way. The first stop is at the Eternal Spring Shrine, built in memory of the soldiers who died while building the route. This memorial overlooks a beautiful waterfall cascading down a cliff. It has survived many earthquakes, which are quite common in this region. Then there is Swallows Cave and the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which is best crossed on foot to admire the spectacular marble-covered gorges. The road ends in Tiansiang, at the heart of a magnificent natural site. This is where you will find the Grand Formosa Taroko hotel. The bridge spanning the crossing of the Tatzuchili and Tasha rivers, which converge to form the Liwu River, leads to the Pudu Temple. Many hiking trails start from this spectacular site and allow hikers to explore Taroko National Park.
Hiking in the stunning scenery of the Taroko Gorge, a spa session at the Gran Formosa Taroko hotel, attending an Aboriginal dance show.
The Eternal Spring Shrine, built in memory of the soldiers who died while building the route, Swallows Cave, the Tunnel of Nine Turns, the Pudu Temple, which looks like a bamboo stalk, and the sensational Chan-Guang Temple clinging to a cliff.
The Taroko Gorge is difficult to access. The Tapei International Airport is 186 miles away (or about a 4h drive).
The road leading to the hotel, with tunnels, ravines and precipices, is stunning. Those who get carsick should avoid this road.
Aboriginal dishes accompanied with millet wine (rice wine), river fish, rice balls stuffed with ham and bean paste wrapped in bamboo leaves, green tea waffles.
Rice wine, a typical aboriginal beverage.
The Grand Formosa Taroko is ideally built among the famous and ...