Skip to main content

Buluowan Scenic Trails

Partially Open
  • Last Updated:2021-08-24
  • Browsing people:725
  • Native species Taiwan lily
  • Champion Red Trail
  • Lily Flower Road
  • Bulow Bay Circulation Hills Landscape Park
  • Taroko performance
  • Bulow Bay Mountain Moon Village Chalet
  • Bamboo trail tree bouldering
  • Bamboo Forest Trail
  • Circumfluence Hill Park Trail
  • Circumfluence Hill Landscape Park
  • Trail
  • Map of Bulow Bay Trail
  • Bulow Bay Scenic Trail
Information
ManagementBuluowan Service Station
Trail LevelLevel 1
Altitude370Meter
The length of the trail400Meter
Needed time about 20 minutes
Remark1. There are often hornets, snakes, and insects along the trail. Please be mindful your safety.
2. Some sections of the road are close to the cliffs and river. Please do not climb over the railings to avoid danger.
AddressMAP
Phone Number03-8612528

Trail Introduction

The road winds up the mountain for about two kilometers (opposite of the Xipan Helmet Check-in / Check-out Service Station at the junction towards Buluowan). Buluowan was once inhabited by the indigenous Taroko (Truku) people, and the name means “tracking prey land” in their language. Buluowan is comprised of two large, level river terraces that extend out from the sheer mountain flanks 160 meters above the Liwu River. Mountain Moon (Shanyue) Village, Taroko Village Hotel, on the upper terrace, has food, lodging and conference facilities. The two terrace differ in elevation by about twenty meters and are connected by a stairway/trail that begins from the second floor balcony (at the lower terrace) next to the snack bar/souvenir shop. The two Buluowan scenic trails are located at the Lower Terrace. One is the Meander Core Trail, the other is the Buluowan- Swallow Grotto Trail (closed due to the trail damages) directly connecting to the Provincial Highway 8. Walking westward about 800 meters you can reach one of the most popular places for viewing the unique geology of Taroko gorge- Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) trail.

Buluowan

Buluowan Map
 

Culture Heritage

Relative to the geologic formations in and around the area, people have lived here only a very short time. The Truku people settled the area only about 200 years ago. However, there are traces of people having lived in the area much earlier. Professor Chen Jhong-yu of Academia Sinica, during archaeological excavations in the area, discovered pottery chards, and implements made of stone and iron that indicated the area was inhabited by people whose position on the cultural spectrum is late Neolithic or just on the cusp of the Iron Age.

Sometime in the 18 century ancestors of Truku people living in the mountains of the western part of the Central Mountain Range came to the Liwu River Watershed in search of new hunting and farming lands. They gradually spread out and established as many as 79 villages throughout the area now encompassed by Taroko National Park, including settlements on the Upper Terrace and Lower Terrace of Buluowan. One purpose for which the Buluowan Service Station was established by Taroko National Park in 1991 was to exhibit the indigenous culture of the past through displays of Truku crafts and tattoos, ramie cloth and Truku weaving technology.

Cloth weaving and rattan basket making are two technologies at which the Truku people excelled and were the source of pride and dignity of nearly every man and woman. Weaving of baskets and cloth was an integral part of traditional society and some fine examples of both will be found in the Exhibition Hall of Lower Terrace at Buluowan. The activity of weaving in Truku society was clearly delineated between men and women. Women did all the weaving of cloth and all of a family’s needs for cloth, whether for clothing, blankets or other items, depended on the women. The materials for weaving were traditionally comprised of ramie that has been formed from the plant Boehmeria nivea (L.) Gaudich. of the Urticaceae family after treatment by peeling, boiling, drying and kneading. Diamonds (which represent the eyes of ancestors) were favored as decorative shapes, with the colors white, red and black used to produce fine intricate patterns.

Baskets weaving was the exclusive domain of Truku men. They used a mature rattan, which after it is dried, the outer layer of flesh is stripped (while it was still wet). Basketry on exhibition at Buluowan include a work basket, plates, and all sorts of other implements and containers. The design of the rucksack-like work basket is a good example of the technology that comes from generations of living in the mountains. The basket is designed so that the weight can be borne by a person’s shoulders as well as their head through the use of a tumpline.

 

Geologic Introduction

The Buluowan area was long ago the channel of the Liwu River. When mountainsides collapsed downstream blocked the river, a lake was formed. The slowed flow of water resulted in large deposits of gravels and mud. Eventually the landslide-dammed lake filled with water and the overflow cut through the natural dam forming a newer, shorter course. Further uplifting and deposits resulted in the meander core and the upper and lower river terraces we see today.

 

Ecological Environment

In the area around Buluowan one meets the culture of prehistoric people and present-day Truku (Taroko), unique botanical and geologic phenomena, and even the National Park’s endemic plant center where research on native plants such as the Formosa Lily, Taitung Firethorn, Paired Flower St. John'swort (geminiflorum Hemsl.) and Golden Spider Lily is conducted. So whether your interests are related to geology, ecology or anthropology, you will find plenty to do at Buluowan.

 

Formosa Lily

The Taiwan Lily is probably the main attraction for Spring visitors to Buluowan. Every year from mid April to mid May the much of the Lower Terrace and the area around the entrance to the Meander Core Trail is awash in the white spectacle of Lilys annual performance. The Formosa Lily is likely to be seen from sea level to high mountain valleys at elevations of up to 3000 meters. Whether the soil is that of a rich level field or scarce and thinly distributed in the cracks of a rock cliff, the Formosa Lily will find a way to survive.

原生種台灣百合

Formosa lily

 

台東火刺木

Taitung Firethorn
 

Meander Core Trail

The Meander Core Park lies at the edge of Buluowan’s lower terrace. It was formed by deposits, primarily of gneiss by the Liwu River over eons of development activity. The raised boardwalk takes you in a complete circle of the core and provides outstanding views from platforms overlooking the Liwu River and Xipan Dam over far below. In addition to the rich geology, plants and insects are in great abundance. If the season is right you can enjoy the Formosa Lily (in Spring), or Golden Spider Lily (in Autumn, mid September to mid October).


環流丘公園步道Wooden Boardwalk


百合花道Formosa lily

Rest Area
布洛灣休憩涼亭

Overlooking Xipan Dam

The Meander Core trail lies at the edge of Buluowans lower terrace. It was formed by deposits, primarily of gneiss by the Liwu River over eons of development activity. The raised boardwalk takes you in a complete circle of the core and provides outstanding views from platforms overlooking the Liwu River and Xipan Dam over far below. In addition to the rich geology, plants and insects are in great abundance. If the season is right you can enjoy the Taiwan Lily, and for those who need a dose of sadness, the aerial view of the Xipan Dam from the trail are among the best in the park.


Overlooking Xipan Dam from the Lower Terrace Meander Core Trail at Buluowan
 

Films Times

1. Briefing Room

Title: Echoing Taroko, 18 minutes

Briefing Times: 09:30 / 10:30 / 11:30 / 13:30 / 14:30 / 15:30

Seating Capacity: 78

 

2. Idas Hall (Multimedia Showings)

Title: Forests of Taroko, 18 minutes                               

Briefing Times: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00

Seating Capacity: 179
 

1. This briefing service is free of charge.

2. No eating or smoking in the briefing room. Please do not bring food or pets into the briefing room. Please keep your voices low while indoors.
3. 
Please enter the briefing room 5 minutes before the start of each film broadcast. Please refrain from coming and going during the film, and exit the briefing room after the broadcast has ended.

**Closed every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. If the Monday falls on a public holiday, all services will remain open, and closure will be postponed to the first following official working day. Briefing services will be paused if a conference or symposium is being held concurrently.

 

Formosa Lily Blooming Season

The lilies are disappearing on account of human development activities, and it is not common anymore to see these plants other than in relatively remote mountain areas. A restoration project was begun in 1995. Taiwan Lily seedlings are raised and studied at the endemic species facility located at the trailhead of Buluowan- Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) trail. The plants are natured in and around the Lower Terrace and then taken into the wild.

 

 

Taroko Village Hotel (at the Upper Terrace of Buluowan)

Contact information for accommodation or dining

Telephone: (03) 861-0111  Website

Truku Tribe Dancing

Truku Tribe Dancing


 

Service Facitilies
Visitor Center. Service Station. Shop. Public Restroom. Parking Lot. Viewing Deck. Exhibition Hall. Accommodation.
Traffic Information
BikeThe road from Central Cross-Island Highway to Buluowan is steep ascend. The connection road to Buluowan is narrow, and there are often large vehicles. Please be especially careful about traffic safety.
Bus1. From Hualien or Xincheng Train Station or Taroko National Park Headquarters station, take Shuttle Bus 310 (Ubus), or Hualien Bus 1133 bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Buluowan. From Tianxiang, take Hualien Bus 1133 (served two buses daily only) bound for Taroko National Park Headquarters, Xincheng or Hualien Train Station.
2. Note: Taroko Bus 302 does not provide services for Buluowan (between Xincheng train station and Tianxiang).
3. Please consult News > FAQ on our website. https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/FAQ “ Transportation: Where can I purchase day passes for buses to Taroko National Park?.”
4. Bus schedules are available from #iBus Info System, and please check Route Search/ Search by Bus Operator, Ubus #310, or Hualien Bus 1133, 1126, 1141.
DrivingPlease take left fork at 177.8 km (opposite of the Xipan Helmet Check-in / Check-out Service Station at the junction towards Buluowan) bound for Tianxiang on Provincial Highway 8. It is about 10 kilometers/15 minutes by car from Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center.
ParkingBus, car, scooter and bicycle parking lot are available at Buluowan lower terrace.