Tourism in Taiwan
Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園)
Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River. The park spans Taichung Municipality, Nantou County, and Hualien County.
Taroko and its surrounding area are well known for their abundant supply of marble, leading to its nickname, "The Marble Gorge". The rock now seen in Taroko began over 200 million years ago as sediment on the bottom of the ocean. As the sediment collected, it was subject to increasingly large amounts of pressure which eventually hardened it into limestone. Over the past 100 million years, tectonic compression between the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate supplied additional pressure that metamorphosed the limestone into marble. Uplifting forces from the plate collision pushed this rock above the surface of the ocean to where we see it today. The region is still being uplifted by approximately 0.5 cm (half-centimeter) per year.
Chueilu Tuanyah Precipice (清水斷崖)
Chueilu Tuanyah Precipice is famous for the precipice normal to Pacific Ocean with nearly 90°. The steep hills with average height over 800m, and turbulent waves makes it the second precipice in the world.
Swallow Grotto (燕子口)
The best place to view the Taroko Gorge inside the national park is Swallow Grotto, which is near the middle of the park and located just after Buluowan. The walls on each side of the river contain caves which form natural nesting places for spring swallow birds, bringing life to the area nearby the roaring river, with locals naming it Swallow Grotto. There are three spots you should make sure to focus on when visiting Swallow Grotto: the pothole on the cliff faces, the Zhuilu Cliff, and Rock of the Indian Chief.
Changuang Temple (長春祠)
Drive from the west exit of the Changchun Shrine Tunnel of Central Cross-Island Highway, then turn south to Liwu River Valley, you can see the Changchun Shine (Eternal Spring Shrine) which recognizes the personnel died during the construction of Central Cross-Island Highway. Rivers adjacent to the Changchun Shine become the scattering falls, and the Highway Bureau named it after "Chanchun Falls" which is now the significant landmark on Central Cross-Island Highway.
Chihsingtan Beach (七星潭)
Chishingtan Beach sits on a beautiful part of the Taiwanese coastline, a crescent bay to the north of Hualien City. The rocky and pebbly beach faces the Pacific and is flanked by green-covered mountains. The northern part of Chihsingtan Beach is located close to the eastern entrance of Taroko Gorge National Park. Due to located in a half moon-like shape gulf, the beach is famous for its beautiful natural landscape.