Taroko Route

Hualien Station(臺鐵花蓮站) to Tianxiang(天祥):
Hualien Station(臺鐵花蓮站)=>Qixingtan(七星潭)=>Xincheng Station(臺鐵新城站)=>Taroko(太魯閣)=>Taroko Visitor Center(太魯閣遊客中心)=>Shakadang Trail(砂卡礑)=>Buluowan(布洛灣)=>Yanzikou(燕子口)=>Lushui(綠水)=>Tianxiang(天祥)

 

Tianxiang(天祥) to Hualien Station(臺鐵花蓮站):
Tianxiang(天祥)=>Lushui(綠水)=>Yanzikou(燕子口)=>Changchun Shrine(長春祠步道)=>Taroko Visitor Center(太魯閣遊客中心)=>Taroko(太魯閣)=>Xincheng Station(臺鐵新城站)=>Qixingtan(七星潭)=>Hualien Station(臺鐵花蓮站)

Tickets and Transport Information

Fare 1.Fare by meter, NT$151 / one way
2.One-day Pass NT$ 250 (Unlimited rides on the same day)
3.Two-day pass NT$ 400 (Unlimited rides for two consecutive days)
4.We accept:cash, easy card、ipass
Where to buy One-day pass: Hualien bus station (Front left of TRA Hualien Station)
Two-day pass:Hualien bus station (Front left of TRA Hualien Station)
Service Hotline Hualien Government Tourism Department Tel:+886-3-8230751
Hualien Bus INC Tel:+886-3--8322065
Announcements

Guidelines for carrying folding bikes on the bus:
1. Carrying folding bikes on the bus is allowed.
2. Please observe the following rules when carrying folding bikes:
(1) You should put the folding bike in a bike bag.
(2)Put it in the luggage compartment for free.
(3)When putting your folding bike on a seat, you need to pay half fare for it.

Concession tickets guidelines:
1. There are full tickets and half tickets.
2.Half tickets are available to:
(1) Senior citizens at the age of 65 or above, with ROC ID cards or Senior Citizen Cards
(2) Holders of Disabled Cards. Must ride with a guardian or a partner.
(3) Children below 12 years old at height of 115cm and below 145cm can purchase half tickets with valid IDs.

Guidelines for carrying pets on the bus:
1. You need to pay half fare for each pet carried on the bus. But they should not take any seat.
2. Passengers refusing to cooperate with the staffs’ advice, in case of the following, may be refused to ride on the bus. The unused tickets can be refunded in full:
(1) Suffering from serious diseases.
(2) Not carried in cages, baskets, or nets.
(3) Unclean or prone to damage other people and things.
(4) Harmful to public hygiene and other passengers; aggressive and dangerous animals.
(5) Not suitable to be carried on buses.
3. Passengers should carry their pets in cages, baskets, or nets. Each passenger is allowed to carry one pet, not exceeding the dimensions of 27cm3 (average length of 30cm on each side).
4. When carry pets, passengers should place them beside and take good care of them. They are not allowed to put on seats, luggage racks, or aisle. The cages, baskets, or nets carrying the pets should be closed or fastened tightly and wrapped up with waterproof cloth for hygiene reasons. If any passengers violate the rules and refuse to cooperate with the staff, they may be forced to leave the vehicle. The tickets will be suspended.
5. Guide dogs must be allowed on the buses to safeguard the rights of the people with visual impairment. All guide dogs can ride on the buses for free. As most guide dogs are huge, they are suggested to sit by the doors. 

Timetable FAQ Taroko Route Guestbook

Taroko Route This play

One-day tour suggestion
8:01 Hualien Railway Station (or 8:30Xincheng Railway Station)→8:40 visit Taroko Park HQ & Visitor Center→walk to Shakadan (about15-20 mins)→ramble Shakadan Trail→take shuttle bus at 11:01→watch ecological Videos at 11:20 in Bulluowan→take bus at 12:30→lunch at Tianxiang →take shuttle bus at 14:30→14:45 at Changchun Shrine→(can take photos in short stay ) →have a picture at Taroko Archway (15:22) →take shuttle bus at 15:22→sightseeing at Qixintan Beach at 15:50→take shuttle bus at 16:50→back to Hualien Railway Station at 17:00

Related scenic spots along the route

Taroko Archway

The archway marked the excavation of Taiwan East-West Cross Island Highway. It is a symbol of our ancestors’ toiling for building the highway. Moreover, the archway is constructed in the style of Chinese northern palace, which is very rare on the island.

Buluowan

Buluowan is a two layered fluvial terrace, downstream along Liwu River. In the Taroko tribe language, "Buluowan" means "Echos of the Canyon". This terrace was formerly inhabited by the Taroko tribe and isnow a service station of Taroko National Park. It will become a park dedicated to commemorate the aboriginal Taroko people.
Buluowan can be divided into two distinct parts: The upper and lower terrace. There is a 30 meter height difference between the two levels, with the lower one being about 370 meters above sea level, and is where the Service Station located. The office provides tourist services and information, including multimedia demonstrations of the development and history of the Atayal tribe. On the left of the management district there is a Taroko handicraft museum displaying Taroko fabric, baskets, and other traditional crafts.
Walking down from the lower terrace, you arrive at Meander Core Park, from which you can view the entire river valley and canyon. The upper terrace was developed as a residential area and research center, where hotels, restaurants, and convention facilities are provided.
Buluowan is a seasonally tropical rain forest, and the geography has been formed into meander core and a fluvial terrace by the movement of Liwu River. The Taiwan lily (Lilium formosanum), an Asiatic species of lily, is successfully cultivated here. Every April when all of the lilies blossom, the wind animates the flowers, and as they dance the heady fragrance of the blossoms fills the fresh air of the river valley.

Swallows' Grottoes,Tunnel of NineTurns

This part of Tailuge(Taroko) Gorge is composed of marble cliff faces covered with small holes, the result of long-term erosion by river and ground water. House swifts and Pacific swallows often forage and nest here, giving the place its name.

Qixintan

Located on the northeast beach of Xincheng Town,Qixintan is the only county level scenic area in Hualien. Besides the crescent bay and clear blue eaters of the Pacific Ocean, the beach is full of colorful pebbles. Qixintan, "Seven Star Lake" in Chinese, got the poetic mane because there were several lakes scattered around the area before they were filled in for construction. Qixintan used to be a small fishing village. Due to its abundant natural beauty, multiple scenic trails, beach pavilions, pagodas, and Star-Gazing Square, Qixintan has become a popular tourist destination, particularly known for its remarkably blue sky and turquoise seas. Very close to Hualien City, it is the best place to watch the moon and stars, gaze at the grand mountains, steep cliffs afar as well as the twisting highways, or simply meditate as you are soothed by the sound of the ocean waves washing over the pebbles.

Shakadang Trail

Shakadang Trail was originally named “Mysterious Valley Trail” and was renamed to “Shakadang Trail” in 2001. The trail is built along the river cliff for the visitor to observe the clear river water, rock folds and the plants. While enjoying the beautiful nature be very cautious of the protruding rocks above your head. 

Taroko Visitor Center

It is located on the junction of Tai-Route 9 (Su-Hua Highway) and Tai-Route 8 (Central Cross-Island Highway. In the center, there are “Ecology Display Room,” “Children’s Environmental Education Room,” “People and Nature Room,” and “Special Display Room” (renews irregularly) that introduce the natural and humanistic scenes of and provide travel information on Hualien.

The display rooms also provide guided tour information and release short films on the recommended resorts. Booking is available for tour groups. Please apply by phone, apply on the internet, or by writing in advance. We accept tour groups with 15 people or more.

Our staff at the help desk are pleased to provide visitors detailed information of the resorts. Please request travel information on your next stop. 

Eternal Spring Shrine

The starting point of this trail is the tunnel that leads from the highway to the Changchun Temple. This is definitely a trail for those who don't mind exerting themselves; for although it is not long, it is extremely steep. Those who suffer from vertigo should probably avoid this trail as well, for it has an intimidationg bridge-crossing, and part of the trail also follows a mountain ridge, which falls away steeply on either side. Reaching the highest point of the trail takes about 25 minutes of walking along a path that zigzags up a steep slope. The highest point is marked by a bell tower. Most people make this their resting point, but the very best views can be obtained from a point about five minutes further along, where all the grandeur of the mountain peaks and billowing clouds is revealed. From this point on, the trail leads downhill, a welcome rest for weary legs.
About 20 minutes along the trail is the Dongtian Xianfu, a cave shrine carved into the rock. Visitors can dimly see a statue of Buddha and Buddhist murals in the semi-darkness of the cave. To the left is Taroko Tower, half-hidden in the wild grass. The trail then leads on to Changuang Temple. From here there is a road back to the Central Cross-Island Highway from where hikers can return to Changchun Temple.

Tianxiang

Tianxiang is a large river terrace recreational area in Taroko National Park. Dasha River and Taci Jili River converge at Tianxiang to become Liwu River. The Sakuma Samata Shrine was erected here during the Japanese Era (1895-1945). When the Central Cross-Island Highway reached here Wen Tian Xiang Park was built at the top of the terrace. On the north-western side is the Tianxiang Youth Activity Center (Youth Hostel) and a Catholic Church is next to it. The original lovely Pudu suspension bridge was reconstructed into concrete in 2003 due to the safety reasons. At one end it has a tall White Robed Guanyin Statue. The 7-story high Tian Feng Pagoda, Giant Statute of the Bodhisattva, Xiangde Temple, and, in 1968, Daxiong Baodian temple, have been built on the terrace and have become popular spots for visitors and worshipers.

This area has large parking space, recreational Plum Garden, and the 5 star hotel-Silks Place Taroko. This is the only 5 star hotel in Taroko National Park. Behind the Silks Place Taroko Hotel is the Tianxiang Presbyterian Church.