Taroko National Park80 Votes Currently Open
- Address: 972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村富世291號
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +886-38621100
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: National Park, Family And Kids, Nature
This 19-kilometer long gorge and the area that surrounds it is one of the greatest natural attractions in the country. The steeply rising gorge was formed as water carved through beautiful metamorphic rock. Named by the Truku aboriginal tribe that lives in the area, the park was established in 1986 during the rise of the environmental protection movement. In addition to the scenic spots, keep an eye out for the diverse fauna, rich avian life, and the prehistoric sites. You may also camp overnight.
You can also just choose to take the Tour Taiwan (Taiwan is OK) Taroko Bus to Tienhsiang Service Station. It passes by major sights such as Qixintan beach, Xincheng station, Taroko Archway, Taroko Tourist Information Centre, Cihmu Bridge, Swallows Grotto, Shakadang Trail, Buluowan Service Station (for insight into traditional local life), Tunnel of Nine Turns, and Lushui on the way. Also check out the Lushui Trail, Xiangde Temple Trail, Baiyang Trail, Lianhua Pond and the Bilu Sacred Tree.
Taroko National Park Travel Tips
- To access the reserved areas of the park, you will have to book entry permits at least a week in advance. Visit the official Taroko National Park information website for more info.
- Rent a scooter from Hualien or Xincheng and drive the gorge, but this is for experienced riders only.
- The park official website has an extensive list of dos and don’ts. Failure to comply with the rules can incur heavy fines. Make sure to check them out.
- There are various safety hazards at the park. Find out what they are before your visit.
Entrance Ticket Details For Taroko National Park
- Individual attractions within the park may have their own entrance fees.
Taroko National Park Hours
- Visitors Center near eastern gate: 8:30am to 5:30pm.
- Closed on Monday of the 2nd week every month and the day before Lunar New Year.
How to Reach Taroko National Park
- Buses to Luoshao, Lishan, Tiansiang leave Hualien Train Station at 6.30am, 8.40am, 10.50am and 1.50pm and stop Taroko Visitor Center. Price is roughly 170 NTD.
- Take a taxi from Xincheng Taroko Station to the Park entrance.
- The Tour Taiwan (Taiwan is OK) Taroko Bus leaves Hualien train station 7 times a day between 7.50am and 3:00pm and goes to Tienhsiang, which is in the park.
- Hire a scooter from Hualien station using an internationally-valid driving licence and your passport details.
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36.36% of people who visit Hualien include Taroko National Park in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
38.1% of people start their Taroko National Park visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Taroko National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park Reviews & Ratings
One of the best natural parks I have visited in the world. With a week in Taiwan my friends and I (from the U.S.) spent a day motorcycling across the park. The views of the valleys, waterfalls and greenery are absolutely stunning. We spent at-least two hours navigating through the park. I recommend renting a local scooter near the train station and then riding from the central town to this park. A reputable company just takes a copy of your passport and drivers license. A surreal experience and one that I will not forget.
Beautiful place for hiking with lots to see. We took a day trip from Taipei with travel time approx. 3 hours via train & bus (one way). Once we got there, we hoped on the free shuttle bus that operates on a strict timetable. There isn’t enough time in one day to explore every stop so you’ll need to plan accordingly. There is an information desk at the first bus stop where you can ask for the main attractions. Worth a visit if you have time.
One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I don't even know where to begin, this place is beautiful. The mountains are so high and often covered in mist. Spectacular natural beauty with blue rivers and massive boulders everywhere. There's also a large variety of wildlife. We saw monkeys while we were there. If you visit Taiwan and have time to travel on the East coast, Taroko National Park is a must see.
What an amazing national park. I can't believe it is free to access this very well maintained national park. Good sealed roads, the facilities, information centre, free rented helmets for going to certain parts. We want in March 2018 and still remember the beautiful scenery. Good can be slightly more expensive but not really. Just pay up and help the locals make a bit of money. We are talking less than a $10 meal still...
Definitely worth it if you're visiting Taiwan. The views are gorgeous and there's a lot to see. The best way to visit it is by motorcycle, as spots are too far away from each other to walk, areas that aren't hiking trails aren't always pedestrian friendly and the bus only stops at a limited amount of locations.