Taroko National Park in Eastern Taiwan is famous for its rugged landscapes and canyons, particularly the impressive Taroko Gorge, a steep canyon that allows you in a single afternoon to travel from rugged coastal cliffs through a maze of subtropical forested canyons to high elevation subalpine coniferous forests. In about 37 miles the landscape rises from sea level to some of the tallest peaks in Taiwan at over 3400 meters. Fittingly, the name, Taroko, in the local aboriginal Truku language means the “magnificent and splendid”, we believe you will agree with their description of this majestic place. The 11 mile long canyon was carved by the Liwu River and is one of the deepest in the world. Taroko National Park, established in 1986, contains over 92,000 hectares of mountainous landscape.
Besides scenic landscapes, Taroko Gorge area has also abundant ecologic and cultural resources. The wildlife includes black bears, monkeys and over 144 species of birds, of which over 10% are endemic to Taiwan. Taroko Gorge also hosts an annual marathon on the road through the gorge in November. Each year Internationally renowned mountain-bikers and top female athletes are invited to compete with domestic and high caliber foreign cyclists in the Taiwan KOM (King of the Mountain) Challenge. Other activities in the National Park also include river canyoning, hiking and camping.
the name, Taroko, in the local aboriginal Truku language means the “magnificent and splendid”, we believe you will agree with their description of this majestic place