This well-kept seaside secret is your gateway to the beating heart of Taiwan, a vibrant island nation that stole the spotlight with the ousting from China of Nationalist, Chiang Kai-shek. Its serene beauty belies the continuing conflict with mainland China and welcomes you with open arms. Imagine a truly unspoiled place - Taroko Gorge National Park - a must for any nature and wildlife enthusiast where mineral hot springs offer rejuvenation and bliss. Traditional Chinese and Japanese temples with their unique architecture and magnificent landscape design awaken the senses and transport you to a world of grace and timeless heritage.
Points of Interest
This stunning, river-cut marble canyon thrills you with astounding scenery, amazing feats of engineering, unique plants and animals, unforgettable history and culture and great photo opportunities.
Light a cigarette (in lieu of incense) to remember the 212 military veterans who lost their lives building the Central Cross-Island Highway through the mountains and connecting the coasts.
Enjoy fantastic views of the gorge and the impressive cliffs opposite where limestone formations, such as swallow holes, catch the eye. And don't miss the rocky profile of an American Indian chief.
The longest tunnel on the Central Cross-Island Highway is cut from sheer rock. The Nine Turns reveal sheer drops, beautiful rock forms and the thrill of traversing an astounding engineering feat.
Gaze at the Meilun River, Hualien Port, and the Pacific Ocean from the lushly timbered vantage of this graceful garden and historic landmark: recognized as one of the "100 Historic Sites in Taiwan."
This lofty pillared temple once served Japanese immigrants. Today it surrounds you with the grace and beauty of a traditional Japanese garden where Zen harmony and balance soaks into your very soul.
Hualien's largest Taoist temple, Kang-Ten is dedicated to the Goddess of Heaven and other fascinating Chinese deities. It employs vivid colors and intricate sculptures to bring tradition to life.