291 Fushi Village, Xiulin Township 97253 Hualien County, Taiwan
GPS: 24.194813763543, 121.49172960115
Visiting Taroko Gorge, a most valued destination of the nature lovers for its spectacular landscapes with deep canyons, is part of the most visited sites in Taiwan. Between the sea and the mountains, it offers an original alternative to the mostly urban destinations of the archipelago. The geological formation of the gorges dates back several million years to the effect of plate tectonics on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Located on the north-eastern coast of the island of Taiwan, near the town of Hualien, the Taroko Gorge has been part of the Taroko National Park since 1986. The latter covers an area of 920 km² rich in geological formations and rock faults. Its lush nature, tropical climate and rugged terrain have made it a difficult adventure land for the public to access. A good physical condition is required to free oneself from the paths criss-crossing the high marble and granite cliffs of the park. In total, the Taroko Gorge forms an impressive canyon 19 km long and some parts are around 100 metres high. During your exploration, you will discover temples, caves and pagodas on the mountainside, perched above waterfalls and suspension bridges.
The vegetation in Taroko National Park is constantly changing with the steep relief of the area. At its lowest point, close to sea level, a subtropical forest invades the steep valleys, but as you approach the highest peaks of the archipelago, rising to more than 3,400 metres, this vegetation gives way to a subalpine coniferous forest, typical of rugged high mountain environments. With vertiginous precipices and winding tracks, the Taroko gorges are ideal for hiking and rafting. Meaning “magnificent” and “beautiful” in the Truku language (from the name of an aboriginal group on the island of Taiwan), the Taroko Gorge has an exceptional geological heritage that is subject to the vagaries of nature. Typhoons, rock falls and ground movements are commonplace in the region.