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Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) Trail

Updated:2020-10-08 Viewing Count17k


Buluowan Service Station
Recreation Zone
Buluowan Recreation Area
274 m
There are often falling rocks on this part of the road due to the tall rock walls. Currently, the Swallow Grotto Trail only opens traffic bound for west (Tianxiang). Parking is not available at the east trailhead.
Please wear a hard hat(helmet) or other protective gear on the park trails, such as Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) Trail. Hard hats(helmet) can be borrowed free of charge at 179.3 km on the Provincial Highway 8 (Central Cross-Island Highway) at Xipan check-in/out Helmet Service Station.
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Following the Central Cross-Island Highway, at Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) the rock cliffs of the Liwu River gorge seem to reach to heaven while the river runs its swiftest and the distance between the gorge walls so narrow that they almost seem to touch each other.

Along the Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) trail which runs about a half kilometer starting from the entrance to Swallow Grotto to the Jinheng Bridge, you can enjoy the sights of the Liwu River from nearly straight above the water, the potholes on the cliff faces, the springs sprinkled along the lower parts of the walls, as well as the famous rock formation "Chieftain's profile rock".

As of early 2005 the Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) Trail was separated from the highway by a simple concrete divider. The road was narrow, resulting in frequent congestion in the area. Consequently, the Park Administration set about building a two-lane tunnel for vehicular traffic to let walkers enjoy the sights of this spectacular part of the gorge uninterrupted by cars and buses. There are two Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) tunnels, linked by Ludan Bridge- were completed in June 1, 2007. West-east vehicular traffic must use the tunnels. The old highway is now a pedestrian path and is also open to vehicular traffic going west (Taroko heading to Tianxiang) only that must proceed slowly. 

Service Facitilies

Shop、Food and Drink、Public Restroom、Viewing Deck、Bus Station、Message board、Accessibile Restroom

Traffic Information

As many big vehicles pass through the neighboring roads, please pay extra attention to the traffic safety.
1. From Hualien or Taroko National Park Headquarters station, take Hualien Bus 1133A, or 1133 bound for Tianxiang, Luoshao-1126, or Lishan-1141, and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).
2. From Xincheng or Taroko National Park Headquarters station take Taroko Bus 302 bound for Tianxiang and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).
3.Use of Taipei Metro Easy Card, or I-Pass, or I-Cash, or cash (exact money only, no changes will be provided.) to pay for bus fare.
3. The bus stop is located at the east trailhead of Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) Trail. Visitors should get on/off the bus at the east trailhead only.
4. https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Tourism/Timetable (Two buses companies timetable on our website are reference only.) 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?.”
To get to the Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou), you can drive from Taroko via the Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway 8) for around 11 km/ 15 minutes by car. Swallow Grotto Trail is directly outside the tunnel.
Limit parking is available at the west trailhead (at Zhuilu Cliff) of Swallow Grotto Trail.