- Safety helmets can be borrowed free of charge at the following locations. You do not need to reserve the helmet in advance.
- Xipan Service Station (24°10'20.9"N 121°34'37.0"E) | 07:00 - 17:30
- Tianxiang Service Station (24°11'00"N 121°29'39"E) | 09:00 - 16:00 **
- Buluowan Service Station (24°10'15"N 121°34'23"E) | 08:30 - 16:30 *
- Hehuanshan Service Station (24°09'44"N 121°17'14"E) ^ | 08:30 - 16:30 *
- Taroko National Park Visitor's Center (24°09'29"N 121°37'21"E) ^ | 08:30 - 17:00 ***
- Taroko National Park Headquarters (24°09'29.5"N 121°37'22.5"E) ^ | 17:00 - 19:00 ****
^ Designates helmet return only.
* Closed on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (Weeks beginning on Sundays).
** Closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (Weeks beginning on Sundays).
*** Closed on the 2nd Monday of each month (Weeks beginning on Sundays).
**** Open all year.
- 1. Safety at high altitude:
(1)Since the place for enjoying the snow is in the high mountains, those who have heart disease, breathing difficulties, mountain sickness, significant illnesses, the elderly (over 65 years old) and the young (under 10 years old) are not suitable for visiting high altitude areas.
(2)Check the weather and road conditions and inspect your vehicle before going up the mountain.
(3)Those going to enjoy the snow should pay attention to maintaining body warmth, wear waterproof shoes, sunglasses, and prepare supplements such as hot energy drinks, water, and medicine.
2.Snow Condition Inquiries: 886-4-25991195 Snow Condition Real-time Image Acquisition: https://thb2web.thb.gov.tw/snow/
3.Emergency Contact Numbers:
Police Mt. Hehuan Station:886-4-25991191
Hehuan Precinct of Hualien Police:886-4-25991114
Tsuifung precinct of Nantou County Police:886-49-2802603
- Taroko National Park Headquarters 886-3-8621100－6
Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital 886-3-8561825
Taroko National Park Police Corps 886-3-8621405
Sincheng Fire Brigade 886-3-8611014
Wenshan branch of National Park Police 886-3-8691202
Sioulin Health Center 886-3-8612123
Buluowan Service Station 886-3- 8621528
Sincheng Precinct of Hualien Police886-3-8611204
Lyushuei Service Station 886-3-869190
805 Army Hospital 886-3-8610918
Buddhist Tzu Chi Gerneral Hospital 886-3-8561825
Hualien Hospital 886-3-8358141
Mennonite Christian Hospital 886-3-8227161
Emergency Call #119
Check the animals health condition first. For dead animals, securely wrap in a plastic bag and hand to administrative personnel or the police. They will pass it to the Conservation Section for preserving as a sample. For living animals, if their physical strength is good leave them alone. You can release a captured animal or take it to a service center or police station, and they will pass it to the Conservation & Research Section for further handling. Or you can take the animal to Hualien County Animal and Plant Disease Control Center directly for treatment.
(03)8621050 (Conservation & Research Section of Taroko National Park Headquarters)
(03)8227431 (Hualien County Animal and Plant Disease Control Center)
- Here are three recommended routes:
Hualien --- 26km --- Taroko Visitor Center (located at Taroko National Park Headquarters)--- 2.5km --- Eternal Spring Shrine ---7km --- Swallow Grotto(Yanzikou) --- 3.9km ----The Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail--- 5km ---Tianxiang (lunch)--- 2km --- Lushui Service Station (Lushui Trail)--- 10.7km --- Buluowan Service Station--- 36km ---Hualien
B. Hualien---Qingshui Cliff---Lushui
Hualien--- 26km ---Taroko Visitor Center (located at Taroko National Park Headquarters)--- 13km --- Qingshui Cliff--- 13km ---Taroko (Lunch)---Swallow Grotto(Yanzikou)---3.9km --- The Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail--- 3.6km --- Lushui Service Station--- 10.7km --- Buluowan Service Station--- 36km ---Hualien
C. Hualien---Tianxiang---Baiyang Trail
Hualien--- 26km ---Taroko Visitor Center ((located at Taroko National Park Headquarters)--- 2.5km ---Eternal Spring Shrine--- 7.7km --- Buluowan Service Station---3.6km ---Swallow Grotto--- 3.9km --- The Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail--- 5.5km --- Tianxiang (Lunch)---0.7km --- Baiyang Trail ---45.2km --- Hualien
Note: Falling rocks and landslides occur frequently in this area after earthquakes or heavy rains. Please call for the latest road and trail conditions and take necessary safety measures.
- The length of the entire Taroko Gorge (from the Visitor Center to Tianxiang) spans about 19 km. As Provincial Highway 8 (the Central Cross-Island Highway) runs alongside the entirety of the Gorge, you can access all scenic spots and trailheads by means of private transport (i.e. car, motorcycle) or bus. As the highway spans between 1 and 2 lanes, we recommend taking public/private transport or hiring a chauffeur instead of walking alongside the highway due to the high volume of vehicles on the route during the day. The risk of rockfall along the highway presents additional safety concerns.
If you do insist on choosing to walk along the Provincial Highway 8, please first take a bus from Hualien or Taroko National Park Visitor's Center to Tianxiang, and then descend back along the same route towards the Visitor's Center. The trip by foot takes around 4.5 to 6 hours along the highway, and descends from 480 m to 60 m in elevation. Please be careful of vehicles along the highway.
Provincial Highway 8, which traverses through Taroko Gorge, as well as all scenic spots and trails, are open all year round. The Taroko National Park Visitor's Center and all service stations are closed on certain Mondays, as well as the Eve of Chinese New Year. Please consult our website (About the Park >Visitor Center) for a complete schedule of our opening hours: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/AboutThePark/CenterList
Before embarking on your trip, please also first consult the latest trail and highway conditions and closures, published under "News > Roads and Trails": https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/HighwayCondition
- There are no locker services or baggage storage facilities available in Taroko National Park. You are welcome to leave your luggage at the Visitor Center; however, please ensure that you bring all your valuable and important belongs with you. Please make sure to reclaim your bag within the Visitor Center opening hours (08:30 - 17:00) on the same day. If you would like to leave your bag at any of the other service stations and exhibition halls, please consult our website for more details: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/AboutThePark/CenterList
- The Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Trail has been closed due to preventative rockfall construction at the west trailhead. The west end of the Tunnel of Nine Turns will reopen at the middle of 2019. Due to risk of rockfall in the eastern end, the latter section of the trail will remain closed.
The latest trail and highway conditions and closures are published under "News > Roads and Trails": https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/HighwayCondition
- Unfortunately, we do not offer any guided tours for visitors. The tour suggestions listed on our website is only for reference for self-guided tours: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Tourism/One-day-Trip or other tour suggestions
Instead, please consider arranging with Taiwan Tour Bus for a one-day guided tour as suggested by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, with the following options:
- English-speaking tour of Taroko Gorge (8 hours): https://www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/C/tour/us/hualien-taroko-gorge-one-day-tour
- Tour of Taroko Gorge (11 hours): https://www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/C/tour/us/hualien-taroko-gorge-one-day-tour
- One-day tours departing from Taipei: https://www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/C/tour/us/taroko-gorge-one-day-tour-taipei-departure
Please note that one-day tours depart from either Taipei or Hualien train station. Please make sure to reserve an English-speaking in advance. Prices can vary due to differences between various means of transportation between Taipei and Hualien.
Please contact Taiwan Tour Bus directly through their website or email (service@TaiwanTourBus.com.tw) if you have any further questions regarding their tours.
- Traveling suggestions for a three-day trip:
A. Taipei (Ylan) --- Hualien --- Puli (Taichung)
Hualien --- 26km --- Toroko National Park Headquarters (Visitor Center) ---14km --- Tunnel of Nine Turns --- 5km --Tianxiang (Lunch) ---700m --- Baiyang Trail --- Baiyang Trail 4.2km/ 2hr for a round trip (Overnight stay at Tianxiang)
Tianxiang--- 5km --- Huitouwan -- 2.8km -- Xibao -- 7.7km -- Luoshao (Lunch) --- 3.5km ---Xinbaiyang ---9.2km --- Ci’en ---4.3km --- Bilu Secret Tree--- 11.1km ---Guanyuan (Overnight stay)
Guanyuan --- 4.5km ---Dayuling --- change the Highway no. 14A --5.2km --- Mt. Hehuan Service Station(Xiaofengkou) ---3.5km --- Forest Bureau Dongshih- Hehuanshan Tourinst Visitor Center--- 1km --Wuling (3275m) --- 14km ---Guanyang --- Puli (Nantou County)
B. Taichung---Nantou(Puli) --- Hualien --- Taipei
Puli (No. 14A Hwy.) --- Wuling --- Dayuling (Lunch) --- Guanyuan (Overnight stay)
Guanyuan --- Baiyang Trail --- 700m --- Tianxiang (Overnight stay)
Tianxiang --- Tunnel of Nine Turns(Jiuqudong) Trail --- Swallow Grotto(Yanzikou) trail (1.37km one way) --- Taroko National Park Headquarters (Visitor Center) --- Su-hua Highway(Hwy. no. 9) --- Su'ao --- Freeway No. 5 -- Freeway No. 3 --- Taipei
For the latest park trail or highway opening conditions, please check our website before your trip. Please click our website English/ News /Road & Trail /check scenic trails , hiking trails, or mountaineering trails. A week after a typhoon, an earthquake, or heavy rains, please do not enter the park.