Taroko Gorge Taiwan

Taiwan is the other China, where Chiang Kai Shek and his followers fled to after mainland China fell to the communists following World War II.

Not much is known about Taiwan in the western world as most people focus their attention on the mainland but Taiwan, which occupies the island that was formerly known as Formosa, and which is located 160 kilometres off the coast of China has much going for it, and is certainly worth a visit.

It is a mountainous island which does contain some spectacularly scenic places, the most popular of which is Taroko National Park, where you will find the very impressive Taroko Gorge.

Taroko Gorge has been labelled as Taiwan’s Grand Canyon, but there are some significant differences. One significant difference is that the Grand Canyon is very wide, whereas Taroko is much narrower, but its gorges appear to be steeper because they are significantly narrower.

Another point of variance between the two places is that Taroko Gorge lies in a sub-tropical zone, so is lush with foliage and wildlife, where part of the Grand Canyon’s beauty is signified by sparse ecology.

In reality, Taroko Gorge needn’t be compared to anything else because it is so unique. The most phenomenal aspect of the park is the amazing diversity. In a single afternoon you can travel from rugged coastal cliffs through a maze of subtropical forested canyons to high elevation subalpine coniferous forests.

Taroko is a marble canyon, and the world’s largest and deepest marble gorge. It is located near the city of Hualien and a journey of about 60 kilometres through the park will take you from rugged coastal cliffs, which rise steeply from the sea, to towering mountains that are over 3,000 metres in height.

Although Taroko Gorge is accessible by road, it is a very popular spot for hiking, and it has a number of trails which traverse the Park. One of the most popular is the Baiyang Waterfall Trail which is characterised by the number of tunnels. Beginning with the entrance tunnel of 380 metres (by the Central Cross-Island Highway 900 metres west of Tianxiang) to the last tunnel before Water Curtain, you will pass through seven tunnels along the 2 kilometre trail ( the 4 km round trip takes about one and a half hours to complete).

The Lushui Trail features dense forest, cliff terrain, plants growing on the rock and historical monuments. The width of the path is about two metres and the trail has a gentle slope and is easy to walk. It is a sight-seeing path that is suitable for all ages. There is a 30 metre tunnel along the trail, which is quite dark and requires a flashlight to help you avoid any obstacles.

You are allowed to camp in the park, but there are plenty of other forms of accommodations close by for those who require a little more comfort.

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