Suspension bridges take you across these streams and the lush green forests in Taroko National Park (home to Taroko Gorge) make for an amazing sight. Moreover, because of the geology of the place, there are natural hot springs and volcanic mud baths that you can get into and relax and refresh yourself. Really works!
Taroko National Park stretches across three counties. The best way to see the gorge is by scooter, though tour buses also are available. Riding a scooter through the gorge can again, be somewhat dangerous, but I think it's definitely the best way to explore the gorge (other than hiking, and in some areas of the gorge you will need a special permit). The snaking roads can become precariously narrow and I found myself either practically scraping the sides of the marble cliffs or coming extremely close to tour buses and other vehicles. The drive is not for the faint of heart as the roads can become easily congested with heavy traffic. With that being said, I found that the rewards of exploring the gorge by scooter far outweighed any risks.The trail through Taroko meanders along for 19-km and features amazing cliffs, rivers, forested marble canyons, bridges and temples. There are a number of specially marked twists, turns, and lookoff points for tourists to pause for pictures. At the end of the journey, I felt accomplished by taking on the scooter challenge and even more impressed with how beautiful Taiwan really was. People know very little about this remarkable country and Hualien County is just one jewel in its crown.
We did a 3km nature walk at Taroko Gorge. Weather was so awesome that we didn't even perspire a single bit.
One of the most beautiful places in Taiwan, Taroko National Gorge is also rich in aborigine history. Taroko National Park is one of the eight national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park. The park spans three counties including Hualien County. The park was originally established in 1937, was shut down in 1945, and opened again in 1986. It features a plethora of geographic wonders, including crystal clear-rivers, plummeting marble gorges, and climbing, steep cliffs. Special permits are required for people wishing to hike deep into the Taroko Gorge wilderness, but there are plenty of fantastic stop off-points for visitors who want to stick to the main tour route.