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Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong)

Updated:2021-01-28 Viewing Count8930

Information

Management
Buluowan Service Station
Recreation Zone
Buluowan Recreation Area
Altitude
300 m
Remark:
The trail is open west 700 meters and please take the same route back/30 minutes on foot for a round trip.
1. Rock fall might happen to this trail. For the rockfall prone section, please pass quickly.
2. No parking available at Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Trail. Please take a public bus.
Address
MAP
TEL:
03-8612528
E-mail:
tnp016@taroko.gov.tw
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The Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Trail used to be part of the old Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway 8). In order to relieve the traffic of Central Cross-Island Highway, allow the tourists to enjoy the view of the gorge, and ensure tourists safety, Taroko National Park Headquarters devised the plan of vehicle-pedestrian separation. In 1996, Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Tunnel was open for vehicles, whereas the original section of Central Cross-Island Highway was transformed into a walking path for pedestrians, which allows tourists to enjoy the scenery of Taroko Gorge at ease without the interference of vehicles.

The 1,220m-long Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Tunnel is the longest tunnel of the Central Cross-Island Highway, while the 700 meters long Tunnel of Nine Turns  (Jiuqudong) Trail is the best part of Taroko Gorge. The trail snuggles against the tall mountain and deep gorge. If you look down, you will see Liwu River gushing swiftly past the mountain walls facing each other so closely. You will be astonished at the craftsmanship of nature that has created these treacherous terrains.

Geology
The mountain walls near the west trailhead have numerous rock crevices extending upwards, which are so-called "faults". The faults resulted from broken and displaced rocks caused by tectonic movement. Because of the drastic orogenic movement, faults are easily seen within Taroko National Park.

Service Facitilies

Message board、Accessibile Restroom

Traffic Information

Bicycle:
The Central Cross-Island Highway begins to ascend (from Taroko heading westwards) and narrows towards Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong). As large vehicles often travel the highway, please pay extra attention to traffic safety.
Bus:
1. From Hualien Station, take buses 310 or 1133 bound for Tianxiang, or Luoshao-1126 (served one bus daily) or Lishan-1141 (served one bus daily), and alight at Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong).
2. From Xincheng Station, take Taroko Bus 302 or take an Ubus 310 or Hualien 1133 bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong).
3. From Tianxiang: Take buses 302, 310, 1126, 1133, or 1141 (bound for Hualien or Xincheng), and alight at Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong).
4. 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?.”
5. Bus schedules are available from #iBus Info System, and please check Route Search/ Search by Bus Operator Ubus #310, or Hualien Bus 1133, 1126, 1141, or Taroko Bus 302.
Driving:
1. From Taroko follow the Central Cross-Island Highway (Highway 8) westward to Tunnel of Nine Turns at 173.7 km.
2. From Mt. Hehuan or Dayuling areas, follow the Central Cross-Island Highway eastwards to 168.5 km at Tianxiang. Please take a bus to Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) (at 173.7 km).
Parking available near Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong)
1. Heliu (at 171.4 km on Highway 8) : 5 bus parking space and 8 car parking space. (2.3km west from Jiuqudong)
2. Lushui (170.7 km on Highway 8) : 23 bus parking space and 11 car parking space. (3km west from Jiuqudong)
3. Tianxaing (168.5 km on Highway 8) : 19 bus parking space and 69 car parking space. (5.2km west from Jiuqudong)
Parking
No parking lot available.The trailhead is only for dropping off/ picking up only.
Parking available near Tunnel of Nine Turns
1. Heliu (at 171.4 km on Highway 8) : 5 bus parking space and 8 car parking space. (2.3km westwards from Jiuqudong)
2. Lushui (170.7 km on Highway 8) : 23 bus parking space and 11 car parking space. (3km westwards from Jiuqudong)
3. Tianxaing (168.5 km on Highway 8) : 19 bus parking space and 69 car parking space. (5.2km westwards from Jiuqudong)
4. Taroko National Park Headquarters (at 186.5 km): 19 bus parking space and 67 car parking space.(14.8km eastwards from Jiuqudong)

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