Taroko Gorge – 太魯閣峽谷

Taroko Gorge is one of Taiwan’s best known destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Whether the sun is shining or the greenery is shrouded in mist, the scenery is breathtaking. Particularly famous for its marble gorge, Taroko National Park is made up of 92,000 hectares of stunning mountains, rushing rapids, and winding trails. Taroko’s many trails – including the popular Swallow Grotto trail – allow visitors to explore the area and discover the rich array of wildlife, which includes half of all of Taiwan’s species of mammals and 90 per cent of the bird species native to Taiwan.
For the culture aficionados among you, there are also plenty of temples and other cultural landmarks to discover in Taroko Gorge. Completed in 1968, Xiangde Temple in particular is a sight to behold, with its striking golden Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva statue. Just watch out for the monkeys that roam around the temple! Continue further up the steps and you’ll reach Tianfeng Pagoda, a place of tranquillity offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscape – but only for those with a head for heights!

Price: Free

Recommend Visiting Hours: Morning & Afternoon