Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge
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  • SAFFINA HUSSAIN
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Journey Through Time and Nature: Our Taroko Gorge Expedition
    We embarked on a fantastic day trip to Taroko Gorge, a journey that left us with cherished memories. Setting off on the first train from Taipei to Hualien, a two-hour ride through picturesque landscapes, we were filled with anticipation for the adventure ahead. Our tour guide fetched us at the railway station straight to TG. Hiking along the well-marked trails, we were in awe of the sheer magnitude of the gorge. We paused at several viewpoints, capturing photographs that we knew could never truly capture the essence of this wondrous place
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Guang
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Driver
    We booked a driver, Tony (+886916993938) to bring us around in his yellow cab. Tony spoke and wrote good English and was very knowledgeable of Taroko Gorge. It is an amazing place and we were very glad to have Tony bring us around because there were road closures and Tony could navigate the timings for us. A full day tour with Tony started around 7.30am (from Hualien) and ended around 4pm. He is flexible with timing and would be glad to give you advice on timing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Zhi Kiat
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One day private driver for taroko gorge
    Was fortunate to have Mr Ling show us around taroko gorge for a day. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, jovial and a great photographer with quirky poses. If you are ever here, I would highly recommend reaching out to him. Expect around 3k NTD for 7 hours of his service.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Frank L
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taroko Gorge from Taipei
    Wonderful sceneries of the Gorge. Travelled there from Taipei with a private driver and guide. Highly recommended day trip from Taipei. Leave early. Benson Chen was our driver. Friendly and courteous. Highly recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Scenery & Engineering
    This is a stunning set of natural features of narrow forges where you can close up to the rock faces and overhangs. The views up and down the gorges are amazing. There are several relatively short trails that are easy to walk (some are closed after previous rockfalls). The Nine Bends and Swallow Cave trails were very good, although on the former you're partly walking on the side of the road where traffuc is coming through. The other impressive thing is man's ingenuity in building these tunnels and walkways under and through the rock overhangs. A must-see/ must-do.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Steven S
    Pattaya, Thailand779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great one day tour
    I booked a one day shared tour via Island Life Taiwan. It wasn't cheap but we visited all the main attractions. Turned out to be one my best one day tours in Taiwan.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic scenery
    Taroko Gorge is one of Taiwan’s most interesting and scenic areas. We parked near the Shakadang Trail Head and walked along the river Shakadang for about 2 km where we had a picnic of street-food sausages which were being sold at the point. The path was cut into the side of the steep cliffs that form the gorge by the Japanese in 1940 as part of a system of damming the river to create hydro-electric power. We saw some stunning scenery, including rocks apparently made of pale gold, water of a rich colour owing to the minerals, interesting forest vegetation, an egret and a monkey. We were with one of the tour companies, but I'm afraid I don't know which one as it was booked for us by others.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Daniel W
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can use the bus!
    Natural marvel. You can spend all day there, although the tour buses arrive around 2pm and the crowds can ruin the ambiance slightly. Of note you can do this by bus without much hassle - the buses arrive about once and hour (although not always to schedule) and they take the Easy Card used in Taipei.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Most Beautiful Places I've Been To
    Taroko Gorge has been on my list of places to visit for a while and it did not disappoint. Taroko Gorge was one of the most beautiful places I've been to. The dramatic cliffs, clear water, and stunning landscapes all made this national park one of my favorites. I did a tour here and hiked a few trails and visited a couple attractions. Everything we did was stunning. Highly recommended!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
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KonradSyx
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Taroko Gorge is a special place, with a beautiful atmosphere. We spent 2 days in the National Park - the first day deciding to opt for the shuttle bus (which cost us maybe $150) to explore the Shakadang Trail, walk around a bit and Tanxiang.

While the second day we had an awesome experience with Tonny (who privately showed us around the park). Tonny was awesome - we always felt safe with his driving, he spoke great english and took us everywhere we wanted and more (as well as helping us understand the history of the place).

We definitely recommend checking out the Cliffs (just outside the park), Shakadang as well as 'The Water Curtain' but theres so much more to see and some longer hikes for those who want to do them (as well as Hehuanshan mountain nearby if you want multi-day exploration).

Thanks Tony (you can contact him on +886 916 993 938 to book him) for the awesome help as well as thank you to the awesome nature of Taroko!
Written 7 May 2020
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MythicalJJ
Vancouver, Canada48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
You can get a taste in one day, but you really need to spend 2-4 days to get the full Taroko experience. It takes forever to get around because you'll be stopping every minute to take pictures :) The are lots of options, you can rent a bike, a scooter, get a taxi, take a city bus, take tours, etc. Whatever fits your budget, time and travel plans. I suggest renting a scooter, costs around $18 US/day and there's nothing like driving through the tunnels and along the road in the open air.

There are lots of hikes with various skill levels, some require a permit though so check with the National Park office near the entrance to the gorge.

February is a great time to visit, almost no tourists, great rates on hotels/airbnb and mild weather (not hot, not cold).
Written 20 February 2020
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Tan8888
Singapore, Singapore184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Most visitors to Taroko Gorge come either by hiring cars and taxis, or on tour coaches. There are no public bus services to the area. Taroko Gorge is beautiful and includes the Tunnel of Nine Turns Eco-Rock Shelter walkway that runs along the gorge. The roads in the vicinity are narrow and visitors need to put on a helmet for safety. Although there are lots of tourists, it is a pleasant walk as the trails are long and can accomodate the buses of tourists that arrive. Taroko Gorge is an impressive natural spectacle.
Written 1 January 2020
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MartinG1984
Bratislava, Slovakia238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The best national park in Taiwan with a lot of hiking opportunities. Prepare to spend at least one day here. The most notable easy hike is definitely the Baiyang trail with a lot of tunnels. My favorite scenic spot (next to the road) would be the Nine Tunnels Trail. We took a bus from Hualien here and always rode it on a day ticket while moving from one hike to another (250 NTD).
Written 10 January 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I have traversed Taroko Gorge three times and it gets better every time. It's best when the water is running high. Honestly, the best way to experience Taroko Gorge is on foot. You can marvel at the marble, crafted by the water over many, many years and polished until it shines. Of course, all credit to the veterans who straightened out the kinks and bumps so we can enjoy Taroko Gorge today.
Written 14 September 2020
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LUIGI C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
2,5+2,5 hours drive from Taipei to Taroko National Park. Really worth to do this Tour. Beautiful and colorful Canyons , Rivers and marble cliffs. A full day tour in a wonderful semi-tropical Nature . Our guide and driver Hicks, very professional, helpful and friendly person, leaded us in special places from early morning till late in the afternoon. We strongly recommend this tour!
Written 16 March 2023
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Felix W
Shanghai, China6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We planned our tour during the May holiday. We came across our wonderful guide Tonny who picked us up in Taitung and as he was born there, he really knows his way around that part of Taiwan. We then took the coastal Highway all the way up to Hualien and he took us to some wonderful scenic spots along the way. Once we arrived at our destination, he showed us the night market, which has ample options of yummy food. The next day we set off early to Tarako national park, where our guide showed us wonderful areas before the big tour buses arrived. We then took the Shakatang Trail, as well as the Xiao Zhuilu Trail before the rain set in. All in all we had a great experience with Tonny and would highly recommend him if you need a private tour along the East Coast with an English speaking guide. You can just add him on WhatsApp on the following number: +886 916 993 938
Written 18 May 2023
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Alan T
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Hired a car and driver to take us around Taroko Gorge. Tony, our driver/guide did an awesome job in bringing us around the gorge, told us what to look out for and helping organise the itinerary. Highly recommend hiring a private car to bring you around this beautiful place. If so, highly recommend Tony. His contacts are as follows:

Name:Tony Leong
Phone/whatsapp: +886 916 993 938
Written 8 July 2023
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Paul E
Tahoe City, CA43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Incredible landscape. Breathtaking views. Interesting shrines and temples. Plenty of different walks to try. I would rate this alongside Monument Valley and Yosemite National Park in terms of scenery.
This trip was recommended whilst we were in Taiwan and it didn't disappoint. You can get a train direct to Hualien Station and then hop on a bus from there which takes you all they way up to the top of the gorge stopping at various locations along the way. The train takes about 2 1/2 hours each wa and the bus another 90 minutes so this is a full day of travel. Definitely worth it if you have the time on your visit.
There are tourist centres, restaurants and shops at various locations if you need refreshments during your trip.
Written 10 April 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a stunning set of natural features of narrow forges where you can close up to the rock faces and overhangs. The views up and down the gorges are amazing. There are several relatively short trails that are easy to walk (some are closed after previous rockfalls). The Nine Bends and Swallow Cave trails were very good, although on the former you're partly walking on the side of the road where traffuc is coming through. The other impressive thing is man's ingenuity in building these tunnels and walkways under and through the rock overhangs. A must-see/ must-do.
Written 7 November 2023
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