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Taiwan: Taroko National Park 太魯閣國家公園 Taroko Gorge (Taiwan Travel Review Series)

While Mr Lu does the cross Taiwan mountain tours, his friend, Mr Li does 1 day tours within Taroko National Park which we decided to engage after the good experience with Mr Lu.  Mr Li, a 65-year-old retiree, is a photography enthusiast and will tell you the best angles/light to get the best scenic shots in the National Park.

Friendly and Helpful Mr Li, enjoying the natural hot springs with us

If I had to rank the attractions within Taroko National Park, this would be the must-see order in case you had limited time within the park.

1) My favourite has to be the Swallow Grotto Trail. When we were planning the trip, I had problem locating THE “Taroko Gorge” because I thought it could only be viewed from 1 location. Only after I experienced the whole park, I realized the gorge runs through the whole National Park. Having said that, I think the view of the Taroko Gorge from the Swallow Grotto Trail is the most majestic. The mountain slopes plunge sharply into a V at the gorge, which has clear blue waters flowing through. The limestone has transformed into marble walls after years of metamorphosis, giving the mountains nice grain patterns. The man made roads and tunnels through the mountain are also majestic, kudos to the 220 men who did not survive the road constructions. Towards the end of the Swallow Grotto trail, you can spot part of the marble wall that resembles a face of a tribal man – very unusual!

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View of the Taroko Gorge from the Swallow Grotto Trail

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View of the Taroko Gorge from the Swallow Grotto Trail – Painting like

Walking along Swallow Grotto Trail, Taroko National Park

Walking along Swallow Grotto Trail, Taroko National Park

Can you spot the Red Indian face on the rock?

Can you spot the face of a tribal man on the rock?

2) The next must-see sight is the Qing Shui Cliffs (清水断崖). When I saw the clear blue water view, the quote that came to mind was “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away.”! Even the waters at Great Ocean Road, Brisbane beaches cannot rival this continuous blue along the entire coastal line. Breath taking view!

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Panorama of Qing Shui Cliffs (清水断崖), created by camera phone, no edit!

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Qing Shui Cliffs (清水断崖) – Left, camera phone, no edit!

Clear Blue Waters at Qingshui Cliffs

Clear Blue Waters at Qingshui Cliffs

3) Next unique spot is the Wen Shan Hot Springs. This trail requires a steep descent to the river level to reach a very random hotspring spewing out water at around 47 degC. I am glad we got to visit the hot spring on this tour with Mr Li, and I believe the bigger tour groups would not visit this site given the relative small size of the hot springs.

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Our day guide, Mr Li, enjoying the Wen Shan Hot Springs.

We didn’t get to walk the full Shakadang Trail but the clear blue waters stream along the trail is very calming. The other great photo spots are Cimu Bridge (stone that looks like frog) and the entrance into Taroko National Park.

Prepare to take a few hours if you want to walk the whole Shakadang Trail

Prepare to take a few hours if you want to walk the whole Shakadang Trail

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View along the Shakadang Trail

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Along the water, Shakadang Trail

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View of the bridge from Shakadang Trail

Frog-like stone structure at Cimu Bridge

Frog-like stone structure at Cimu Bridge

We are thankful to catch the fresh blossoming of Plum Blossom flowers, Taiwan’s National Flower, and also some Cherry Blossoms along the way. Amazing views and great tour experience.

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Pretty Plum Blossom flowers against the blue skies

If you want to contact Mr Li or check out his photos, drop a comment and I will pass you the contact!

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  3. Hi, would like to know how much did you pay for the day trip and can i get Mr Li’s number? WeChat or anything? Thanks

    • espie36 says

      hi! sorry i forgot how much it was now but their rates after standard across different groups. mr li’s mobile is 0937166918. enjoy 🙂

  4. Jason says

    Hi,

    I’m really interested in using Mr. Lee’s service after reading how friendly and helpful he is.

    Do you happen to remember what kind of car is his taxi? Sedan or minivan (like a Toyota Wish?)?

    thanks!
    Jason

    • Beatrice says

      Hi Jason,

      his taxi was a normal sedan but I rmb he mentioned he has a few vehicles so depending on the size of the group, he can change the vehicle I believe. Have fun! 🙂

      <3, Eatprayflying

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