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Traffic Control Information for Chinese New Year Holiday, January 23-25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year) on Provincial Highway 8 - Central Cross-Island Highway. Free Shuttle Buses are Provided - Taroko National Park Visitor Center and Service Stations Will Open Early. 

  • Updated:2023-01-10
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Taroko National Park Headquarters (hereinafter referred to as the Taroko N. P. HQ) will provide free shuttle buses for visitors between the Taroko Tourist Center and Tianxiang on Provincial Highway 8. Daily services from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm starting January 23 to 25th, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year). The services aim to provide better recreational quality and smooth traffic during the Chinese New Year Provincial. There will also be traffic controls implemented on Provincial Highway 8 at the same time. Visitor centers with shuttle bus accessibility will open earlier. Tourists are welcome to take a free shuttle bus to visit various scenic spots in Taroko National Park.

Three Routes to Visit Taroko Scenic Spots

The free shuttle bus service has three routes for visiting Taroko National Park during the Lunar Chinese New Year in 2023.

1. Blue line (the Full Route from Taroko Visitor Center to Tianxiang, with no stop at Buluowan); 2. Red line (Taroko Visitor Center - Buluowan Partial Line); 3. Green Line (Buluowan - Tianxiang Partial Line). The shuttle bus will stop at Shakadang, Buluowan, Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto), Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns), Lushui, Tianxiang, and Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine).

Tourists can freely get on and off the bus at any stop and choose to take any shuttle bus route according to the destination they visit. Taking a shuttle bus will save trouble finding parking spaces or traffic jams at various attractions. Taroko N. P. HQ emphasizes that a large influx of tourists is expected during the Chinese New Year. Parking spaces of scenic spots along the Central Cross-Island Highway are limited, and some scenic spots, such as Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns), have no parking spaces. Taking a free shuttle bus is the best choice to tour various scenic spots in Taroko during the Lunar Chinese New Year.


How to get to the Taroko N. P. HQ Visitor Center by taking a free shuttle bus? Tourists can drive or take TRA trains or Beihua Line (Taipei-Hualien) buses to Xincheng Railway Station. From Xincheng Railway Station, board a Hualien Bus, or Taroko (Electric) Bus #302 or TaiwanTrip bus - Taroko Route Ubus 310, get off at Taroko N. P. HQ Visitor Center and transfer to a free shuttle bus, or you can directly take the paid public bus to the scenic spot you want. Taroko N. P. HQ has coordinated with bus companies to increase the frequency of bus services to tour the park's various scenic spots.


Central Cross-Island Highway traffic control, vehicle passage time 10 minutes every 2 hours


Taroko N. P. HQ emphasizes that the Central Cross-Island Highway is winding and narrow in of some sections. During the Chinese New Year holiday, to reduce traffic congestion along the scenic spots on the Central Cross-Island Highway, appropriate diversion measures will be taken according to the different needs of road sections. Taroko Arch Gate to Tianxiang traffic control will be implemented between January 23 - 25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year) from 7 am to 3 pm every day. The east control point is located at the 185.4 km highway marker of Fushi Village on the Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway 8), and the west control point is located at the 167.1 km highway marker in Tianxiang. During the control period, in principle, vehicle passage time shall be 10 minutes every two hours. Vehicles can park in the outer lane of the Fushi Village Highway Bureau near the Taroko control point. The inner lane provides residents in the park (including residents of Fushi Village in the control area), staff in the control area, highway maintenance unit personnel, and emergency repair vehicles in the area are allowed to pass. In addition, vehicle passage control hours will be adjusted automatically according to the snow season control measures in the Mt. Hehuan area, the conditions of the Central Cross-Island Highway, and the parking lot availability of the recreational areas.



Exchange ID for entry cards, total control of tourist groups


Traffic controls of class A (40-sitter) and B (Midsize) coaches (tourist buses) and work vehicles are restricted by total volume. The limits include 40 vehicles each for class A (40-sitter), and B (Midsize) coaches (tourist buses) will be allowed to drive on the controlled road section. Please go to Xincheng Railway Station before driving. Please go to Xincheng Railway Station to apply with the Taroko National Park on-site handling staff to get an entry permit card. Use any form of identification to exchange for an entry permit card daily from 7 am to 5 pm. Entry is allowed with the entry card after verification at the control point.


Taroko National Park HQ Visitor Center, Buluowan, and Tianxiang Service Stations will open earlier to serve early arrivals. 


In conjunction with the free shuttle bus service, the Taroko Visitor Center and service stations will open earlier from January 23-25, 2023 (the 2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year), except for the closure on New Year's Eve (January 21, 2023). Taroko Visitor Center will open at 7 am, Buluowan Service Station will open at 7:30 am, and Tianxiang Service Station will open at 8 am. Visitors who enter Taroko earlier by the shuttle bus can enter the visitor center and service stations. Buluowan Suspension Bridge will also be open earlier, starting at 7:30 am. Taroko visitor centers and exhibition halls of service stations are closed at 5 pm, and the opening hours will be maintained as usual on January 22, 2023 (The first day of the Chinese New Year).


Central Cross-Island Highway traffic control during Chinese New Year holiday (Traffic control times are subject to the announcement of Hualien County Government Road Safety Committee)

Traffic control section: Taroko - Tianxiang

Control Period: January 23 - 25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Lunar Chinese New Year)

Control time: 07:00 am -15:00 pm, vehicles passage 10 minutes every 2 hours


Vehicles of control: Except for the free shuttle buses, regular public buses, class A (40-sitter) and B (Midsize) coaches (tourist buses) and business running cars, vehicles with more than four wheels (including 4 wheels) are prohibited from entering the traffic controlled road section. Buses and business running cars are allowed to pass through the total quantity control. Please go to the Xincheng (Taroko) Station and apply for an entry card from the on-site staff of the Taroko National Park. Vehicles of residents and staff in the control area shall be released with relevant certificates.


Taroko Free shuttle bus during Chinese New Year (operating date is in accordance with traffic control date)

1. Dates: January 23 - 25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year).

2. Operating hours: 07:00 am -14:30 pm (according to the time of scenic spot, and please pay attention to the last bus time)

3. Shuttle bus routes:

Blue line: Taroko Visitor Center→Shakadang→East Trailhead of Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) Trail (get off)→Jinheng Bridge (get on)→Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong)→Lushui→Tianxiang (return)→Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong)→Eternal Spring Shrine→Taroko visitor center. There is one bus every 30 minutes. The last bus from Taroko Visitor Center is at 1 pm, and the last from Tianxiang is at 14:30 pm.

Red line: Taroko Visitor Center → Shakatang → Buluowan (return) → Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine) → Taroko Visitor Center. One bus about every 10 minutes. The last bus at Taroko Visitor Center is at 12:30 pm, and the last at Buluowan is at 2:30 pm.

Green Line: Buluowan → East Trailhead of Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) Trail (get off) → Jinheng Bridge (get on) → Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) → Lushui→ Tianxiang (return) → Lushui→Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) → Buluowan. One bus about every 10 minutes, the last bus from Buluowan and Tianxiang is at 1 pm.


Taroko National Park’s Chinese New Year Enhanced Services

Service: Taroko Visitor center and service stations will open early

Date: January 23 to January 25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year)

Visitor center and service stations

January 23 - 25, 2023 (2nd to 4th day of Chinese New Year)

January 21 (Chinese New Year’s Eve)


Opening time

Closing time

Day closed

Taroko Visitor Center

7 am

5 pm


Buluowan Service Station

7:30 am

5 pm


Tianxiang Service Station

8 am

5 pm


Mt. Hehuan Service Station

8 am

5 pm


◎Note: The dates not listed above are open and closed according to the normal opening hours.


News issued by Taroko National Park Headquarters