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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Taroko National Park was established in 1986 spanning across Hualien, Nantou and Taichung.
Taroko National Park is famous for its grand and almost vertical granite valley. Walking along the valley scenery of Liwu River, what comes into eyes are upright-standing cliffs, precipices, valleys, rising and continuous tunnels, granite stones and rivers.
Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) and Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns) are the most touching natural wonders in the valley as well as the narrowest sections. Along the river there are walkways for tourists to appreciate at a slow pace. There are many small caves at the granite cliffs opposite to Yanzikou. Every spring and summer, there are swallows shutting and singing among the cliffs or nesting in the caves, hence getting its name. For the tunnel scenery of Jiuqudong “as zigzagging as rivers”, tourists can travel along the routes to appreciate the beauty of the valley.
More than that,“The Archway of Taroko” a small decorated archway with Chinese characteristics, turning out to be a hotspot location for shooting. Changchun Shrine is designed to memorize the staffs who sacrificed their life for building Central Cross-Island Highway. It stands quietly in the verdant valley with waterfalls and springs passing down, presenting a harmonious landscape. The trailblazing heroes are accompanied by the green mountains and rivers, with their souls resting in peace.