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Zhuilu Cliffs

Updated:2020-03-20 Viewing Count4109


Buluowan Service Station
Recreation Zone
Tianxiang Recreation Area
1100 m
Currently only 3.1 km(6.2 km for a round trip/5.5-6 hrs walking time required ) of the trail is open to hikers. Starting from Zhuilu Suspension Bridge, the trail leads to the Cliff Outpost, where hikers must doubleback to the trail entrance in order to exit. Due to the unique characteristics of the Zhuilu Old Road, entrance is limited per day to 96 people on weekdays and 156 people on weekends and holidays. Visitors are required to apply for a park entry permit in compliance with the rules for applying for park entry. If you would like to visit the trail, please apply for a park entry permit from Taroko National Park Headquarters: http://npm.cpami.gov.tw/
Park entry permit application phone number: 03-8621576
Park entry permit email: taroko100@taroko.gov.tw

If a typhoon or other natural disaster occurs, the trail will be closed and permits for the closed period will be automatically invalidated. Please apply for a new permit once the trail is reopened.

*Please note: A park entry permit required and ticket must be obtained prior to entering the trail. 7:00am -10:00am entry this trail. Please purchase tickets at the Xipan Service station. Full priced tickets are NT$200, discounted tickets for children age 6-12 are NT$100 and children under age 6 are free of charge.
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Traveling past Jinheng Bridge, cliffs on both sides of the gorge steepen and draw closer to each other. At the 178k point on the Central Cross-Island Highway, the rock becomes one completely vertical, marble cliff about 1200 m wide and 1100 m tall. The Zhuilu Cliffs stand opposite the highway below, while above the highway are the Fuji Cliffs. With merely 20-plus m between them, these majestic cliffs are the masterpiece of the Liwu River, cutting through Mt. Sanjiaozhui.

Geology and Geography
Zhuilu Cliff and Fuji Cliff are both composed of marble. As the land keeps rising, the powerful downcutting and erosion by Liwu River through the southeastern ridge of Mt. Sanjiaozhui, left crumble-resistant marble mostly intact and creating the precipitous cliffs.

[Zhuilu Old Road]
Zhuilu Old Road is located 300m to 400m above Zhuilu Cliff. There is a small path which was the only path available before the construction of Central Cross-Island Highway. The trail begins at Swallow Grotto East Trailhead and ends at Heliu Cimu Bridge with a distance of 10.3 km but the Zhuilu Old Road is only open to 3.1 km (from the Swallow Grotto east trailhead to the cliff (Duanyai) outpost. Visitors have to take the same route back. A Park Entry Permit for this trail is required 1-30 days prior to your requested date. 

The flat and smooth section of the trail located at an elevation of 750m is the quint essential feature, allowing hikers to overlook a magnificent view of the gorge. Currently, the full length of the trail is not open to the public due to partial road collapse.

Traffic Information

As many big vehicles pass through the neighboring roads, please pay extra attention to the traffic safety.
1. From Hualien, take Hualien Bus 1133A, or 1133 bound for Tianxiang, Luoshao-1126, or Lishan-1141, and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).
2. From Xincheng station, take Taroko Bus 302 bound for Tianxiang and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).
3. From Xincheng or Taroko National Park Headquarters Station, take Hualien Bus 1133A or 1133 bound for Tianxiang and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).

To improve service at Taroko National Park, Hualien Bus has set up a bus station at Xipan Service Station (Provincial Highway 8 at 179.3k) on the Central Cross-Island Highway. Here, visitors can conveniently borrow safety helmets. Pay the admission fee for Zhuilu Old Road at Swallow Grotto east trailhead. Ticket booth operating hours: 07:00-10:00am(ticket purchase is only available at these times). For bus schedules, please visit Hualien Bus’s official site ( http://www.hualienbus.com.tw/bus/ticket_info.php ) or contact customer service at (03)833-8146
Taroko Bus contact telephone: 0800-827-656
Head west on the Central Cross-Island Highway. Taroko is approx. 860 m after exiting from the Xipan Tunnel.