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Buluowan Service Station

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Buluowan Service Station
Recreation Zone
350 m
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Established on November 28, 1991, Buluowan Service Station located 10 km from Taroko's entrance and 13 km from Tianxiang on  the Central Cross-Island Highway at 179.3 k. Turn off the highway near the east entrance of Xipan Tunnel and follow the gently ascending road for 2 km. The station sits on a nearly 9 hectare doubled-terraced terrain that is 370 m above sea level. It has facilities providing administration and information services, simple meals, and more.

The Buluowan terraces were once home to the Truku tribe, and were even inhabited during the Neolithic Period. It is now a recreation area and native plants restoration area.
Tourist information center, administration offices, Taroko Handicrafts Exhibit, briefing room, Idas Hall, a souvenir shop, and the Meander Core Scenic Trail are found on the lower terrace.
Taroko Village Hotel is situated on the upper terrace. It offers lodging in unique steel-beamed, wooden cabins for groups of 2, 4, or 8 people with a capacity of 32 cabins. There is also a restaurant serving aboriginal cuisine and a conference room.
Contact information for accommodation or dining
Telephone: (03) 861-0111  Website
Buluowan Recreation Area Travel Services & Information
Telephone: (03) 861-2528

Buluowan Service Station
Buluowan Service Station
1. The Briefing Room, Idas Hall
The briefing room and Idas Hall are the multimedia and film facilities at Buluowan. The music documentary Echoing‧Taroko introduces the dances, ceremonies, culture, and traditional arts of the Truku people. Landscapes of Taroko is a short film that tells the story of a Truku stone sculptor who meets a girl studying geology. It is entertaining and suitable for the whole family. English subtitles can be provided.
Operating Hours: 08:30-16:30
Closed every first and third week Monday of the month (NB: All weeks begin on a Sunday) and Chinese New Year's Eve (All services will be open if the Monday falls on a public holiday, postponed the closure day on Tuesday); also closed if the Provincial Highway 8 is closed)
2. Truku Tribe Handicrafts Exhibition
The Truku Tribe Handicrafts Exhibition showcases the Truku people's beautifully hand-woven textiles and rattan works, with a souvenir shop on the second floor.
3. Meander Core Trail
This trail follows the edge of Buluowan's lower terrace, providing a clear view of the layers of gneiss formed by the Liwu River. The wooden walkway circles around the Meander Core, with an observation deck and pavilion to rest at along the way. From the trail, visitors can not only observe the terrain, but also various insects and plants such as lilies. Overlooking Xipan and the Liwu River Gorge, Meander Core Trail has developed into a natural recreational area.

4. Upper Terrace Trail
Located at the upper terrace of Buluowan, just go through Taroko Village Hotel reception hall. Behind the cabins, there is a short 300 m nature trail through cool bamboo groves. Beautiful plants, birds and insects can be seen here as well as the magnificent "strangling fig trees". 
Films Times
1. Briefing Room
Title: Echoing Taroko, 18 minutes
Seating Capacity: 78
Showtimes: 09:30 / 10:30 / 11:30 / 13:30 / 14:30 / 15:30
2. Idas Hall
Title: Landscape of Taroko, 18 minutes
Seating Capacity: 197
Showtimes: 10:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 / 15:00

Service Facitilies

Visitor Center、Service Station、Shop、Public Restroom、Phone、Parking Lot、Viewing Deck、Exhibition Hall、Message board、AED、Accessibile Restroom、Accessibile Parking

Traffic Information

From Hualien railway station, take a Hualien Bus bound for Tianxiang alight at Buluowan. (1133A or 1133 bound for Tianxiang alight at Buluowan. The bus 1133 bound for Hualien railway station alight at Buluowan.)

Notice: Taroko 302 Bus bond for Tianxiang and Xincheng railway station will not alight at Buluowan.
Take the road sloping upwards at the fork near the east entrance of Xipan Tunnel on the Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Hwy. 8). Continue for 2 km to arrive at the Buluowan Service Station. Buluowan is about 10 km (15 minutes by car) west of Taroko National Park Headquarters.