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From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

1. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

Meet your host and board the express train bound for Hualien on your own. Sit back and enjoy a 3-hour journey to paradise. Upon arrival in Hualien, your tour guide will greet you at the train station and take to you to the world-famous Taroko National Park. Your one-day tour to Taroko Gorge National Park will start from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the archway entry to Tianxiang, this 12.5-mile (20 km) section of Central Cross-Island Highway through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will take your breath away. Walk along the Shakadang Trail, where the river gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meanders along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. The next stop is Swallow Grotto. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Take a short break at Tianxiang, a large river terrace recreational area and enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the park. After lunch, stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), a suspension bridge made of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo after a heart-warming story about a loving mother. Next, head to the Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered to be the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. As you walk along the trail, you can see the meandering river running through the deep and spectacular canyon from above, and you can also have a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Before you return to the train station for your train back to Taipei, your will visit a local marble factory, where you can get some handcrafts made of marble or souvenirs featuring the local characters, to enrich your travel collection. Then you will visit the most romantic beach in Taiwan. Qixingtan Beach, a crescent-shaped beach covered with sprawling pebbles. Your 14-hour adventure then ends with drop-off at Taipei Main Station.

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What people are saying about Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 75 reviews

The tour is perfectly organised, you are picked up at the hotel on the dot, you get a sticker stuck on your clothing at the train station with the phone number of the organizer and the tour operator and if you do get lost, everyone knows where the tourist is must be submitted. Addressed in this way, you can enjoy the day in a relaxed manner: after a train ride of 2.5 to 3 hours you are at the starting point of the bus tour through a gorge that is really worth seeing, in addition to photo stops you have the opportunity for two small excursions, get a good Chinese lunch and finally a visit to a company that offers stone carvings ranging from jade jewelery to a large-scale culture of a Buddha made of polished colored marble (ok - that reminds you of the obligatory carpet shops in Istambul). A nice, but very long day overall.

The trip was very well organised leaving the passengers free to enjoy the experience free of the stress of searching for details of how to visit the sites.

The tour guide was informative and nice. We had a small group that day so it was easy to move around as a small pack. I had a blast - thanks !

In few hours one can discovered the scenery views on the Taiwanese mountains with the incredible roads between and inside the rocks

Very worthwhile trip

A great day out with a nice guide and well organised. The Gorge is spectacular.