Friday Photo: Road Through Taroko Gorge

taroko gorge road

A drive through Taroko Gorge in Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園), either with a rented scooter or on a tour, provides visitors with exquisite views of one of Taiwan’s most popular natural tourist attractions. The roads are carved into the cliffside with ample area to look out at the surroundings from inside the tunnels.taroko gorge

Just outside Hualien on the east coast, it is one of eight national parks in Taiwan and home to Taroko Gorge. It was first established as a national park during Japanese occupation in 1937. The Taiwanese government re-established the area as a national park on November 28, 1986.

The park hosted 6.659 million visitors in 2015, according to the park website. However, the number of visitors to the Taroko National Park Visitor Center was about 1.7 million in 2016 and 2.6 million in 2015, according to data from the Tourism Bureau.

Taroko Gorge is easily accessible from Taipei, with a train to Xincheng Station taking about two and a half hours. Despite the easy access, it is recommended to take two days to experience the natural beauty of the park and surrounding area.

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