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Dali-Datong Trail

  • Last Updated:2024-02-22
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  • Taroko people picking arrow shoots
  • A view of the Dali tribe
  • Dali Tribe Chapel
  • Dali Trail-Old Suspension Bridge
  • Dali-Datong-East Entrance of Dali Trail
  • Dali-Datong houses
  • Dali Tribe Chapel
  • Dali-Datong Trail
  • Dali-Datong Scenery
  • Path to Dali-Datong
  • Dali Datong Trail  Map
ManagementSuhua Service Station
Trail LevelGrade 3
The length of the trail9400Meter
Needed time About 6~7 hours (one-way)
Remark1. This trail’s terrain is steep and slippery after it rains. Please be aware of your own physical condition before entering the trail, and plan your time accordingly.
2. The trip to Dali may take one day, while two days are recommended for the trip to Datong. Please arrange accommodations beforehand.
3. The tribal road network can be complex. It is recommended to have a guide for the hike.
4. The trail is located in a general protected area of indigenous reserved land. Please respect the local residents’ culture and lifestyle; do not trespass into homes or onto farmland.
5.Confirm that the trail is open prior to hiking. Hikers may enter from the Dekalun Trail, which connects to Dali and the Dali-Datong Trail, and take the same path on the return trip.
Phone Number03-8621100 ext. 321、322

Note: The Mt. Qingshui Trail extends beyond the Dali-Datong Trail. 

Trail Introduction

The trail towards Dali begins next to the public restrooms at Taroko Terrace Bus Parking Lot. It overlaps Dekalun Trail and then ascends via steps. A one-way hike to Dali takes about three hours. Continuing from Dali Village to reach Datong Village will take an estimated two and a half hours. The trail features information signboards along the way.

Winding through a mostly low elevation subtropical broadleaf forest, surrounded by chirping birds, you may catch a glimpse of squirrels, Taiwanese macaques, and other wild animals. Near the village there is also a Makino bamboo forest, fruit trees and vegetable patches planted by the local residents.

The Truku aboriginal tribe lives in Taroko National Park, having crossed over the Central Mountain Range from Taiwan's west coast 200-300 years ago. They settled in the Liwu River basin. However, during the Japanese occupation many migrated to the plains (now Xiulin, Wanrong, and Zhuoxi Townships). Today, only Dali and Datong Village still have residents residing there.

Dali Village, formerly known as Xoxos, is above the left bank of Shakadang River, located on a 915-meter-high terrace.

Datong Village, formerly named Shakadang, is located on a 1128-meter-high terrace above the left bank, near the middle section, of Shakadang River. These two villages were relocated in 1980 to the Minle Community in Xiulin Township's Fushi Village, and their residents were the last within Taroko National Park to be relocated from the mountains, though some villagers have since moved back. 

Service Facitilies
Visitor Center. Service Station. Police Station. Shop. Food and Drink. Public Restroom. Gas station. Parking Lot. Viewing Deck. Mountaineering. Bus Station. Accommodation. Message board.
Traffic Information
BikeThe trail has no bicycle-facilities. The bicycle parking racks are available at Taroko Terrace (Taroko N. P. Headquarters Visitor Center).
Bus1. From Hualien Station, take buses Tianxiang-1133, or Lishan-1141, Taroko-1129, or TaiwanTrip Bus 310 bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center.
2. From Xincheng Station, take Taroko Bus 302 or take buses 310 or 1133 bus bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center.
3. From Tianxiang: Take buses 302, 1133, or 310 (bound for Hualien or Xincheng), and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center.
4. Bus schedules are available from #iBus Info System, and please check Route Search> Search by Bus Operator> UBus #310, 1133, 1129 or Taroko Bus 302 or Hualien Bus 1141.
5. Please consult News > FAQ on our website. Check for “ Transportation: Where can I purchase day passes for buses to Taroko National Park?.”
Driving1. Take Provincial Highway 8 or Provincial Highway 9 to Taroko Terrace (Taroko National Park Headquarters Visitor Center).
2. The trailhead is next to the public restrooms on the terrace northern trail’s west bus parking lot. Enter the Dali-Datong Trail from Dekalun Trail, which connects at its highest point. The Dali-Datong trail starts at the Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center to the west of the public restrooms at the bus stop.
3. The other alternative trailhead is next to the Sub-Taroko Branch, Ninth Division, The Seventh Special Police Corps, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior (100 meter east of Taroko Visitor Center). (The trail begins from Dekalun trail, connects to the Dali trail, then connects to Dali-Datong trail.)
ParkingParking is avaiable at Taroko Terrace (Taroko N. P. Headquarters Visitor Center).