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Shanyue Suspension Bridge

Updated:2021-04-16 Viewing Count861

Information

Management
Buluowan Station
Recreation Zone
Buluowan Recreation Area
Altitude
370 m
Remark:
1.The wind can be strong in Taroko Gorge. Please beware of your personal belongings.
2.Beware of snakes and insects.
3.Do not feed wild animals.
Address
MAP
TEL:
03-8612528
E-mail:
tnp016@taroko.gov.tw
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Summary

Visitors arrive to the Shanyue Suspension Bridge by following the trail adjacent to the Buluowan Idas Hall. At a length of 196 m, a width of 2.5 m, and crossing the Liwu Valley at a height of about 152 m, the Shanyue Suspension Bridge is the longest and highest bridge in Taroko National Park. From the bridge, viewers can observe from above the twists and turns of the Liwu River that, flanked by the steep walls of the gorge, form a magnificent cascade of overlapping layers with a view that extends all the way from the gorge to faraway mountains. Towards the east, the trail overlooks the Xipan Dam section of the Liwu River Valley, while looking westwards, viewers can admire the precipitous, yet magnificent valley walls that characterize the terrain at Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto).

The Shanyue Suspension Bridge is part of the trail beginning from the Idas Hall at the Buluowan Service Center and ending at the observation platform on the northern bank crossing the Liwu River. The entire 500 m of the trail is accessible to those with disabilities, and is suitable for those using wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

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The Moon-character shaped tower on the Shanyue Suspension Bridge
Shanyue Suspension Bridge​​​​​​

Geology

Having consistently undergone significant terrain uplift (tectonic movement) that resulted in an increasingly elevated river bed, the formation of the surrounding canyon terrain is a result of intensive river erosive (downcutting) activity of the Liwu River over geologic timescales. Asymmetric erosion of the cut bank of the river over time led to the formation of terraces on the opposing slip-off slope that are situated on former river beds, which remain today due to experiencing little erosion in comparison. The Shanyue Suspension Bridge, situated on the edge of the Buluowan Terrace, provides an excellent location from which viewers can observe the narrow marble canyon at Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) and the Buluowan River Terrace, both contemporary results of such geologic activity.

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The Gorge Topography at Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto)
 
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The Meander Core, Xipan, and the Liwu River Valley
 

Human Geography

From historical records and personal accounts, the Truku people migrated to the Liwu River Basin from the western side of the Central Mountain Range about 300 years ago as a result of insufficient arable land and hunting grounds, and within this group, two families established settlements on the upper and lower Buluowan terraces. An outpost was erected here in Buluowan during the Japanese Occupation Period (1899 – 1945) with the aim to hegemonize the indigenous population. After the 1930 Wushe Rebellion, the tribes were forcibly relocated from Buluowan to Xiulin Township’s Fushe and Xiulin Villages.

The current Shanyue Suspension Bridge represents the fourth version of the bridge. The earliest suspension bridge, spanning 154 meters, was built in 1914 during the Truku War to aid arrogation and eventual occupation and governance over various communities living within the Liwu River Basin. This bridge was part of the Japanese “aiyong system”, a series of guard-lines with the primary purpose to subjugate indigenous mountain communities, and ultimately govern by force. The second generation of the Shanyue Suspension Bridge was completed on December 20, 1930, spanning 190 meters long and 75 meters above the river valley. The development of cracks in the bridge’s foundation during the construction of the National Park’s gold mining trail resulted in a third version of the suspension bridge in 1941.

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The Shanyue Suspension Bridge during the Japanese Occupation
 

During the Japanese Occupation Period, the Shanyue Bridge was the longest wire-cable suspension bridge in the Liwu River Catchment. Facing the cavernous Liwu River valley, crossing the bridge must have been undoubtedly thrilling. At that time, many of the Japanese police stationed in Inner Taroko, upon seeing the imposing height and length of the bridge, immediately resigned on the spot, earning it the nickname “resignation bridge”. Being presented with such a panoramic scene, those crossing the bridge have commented on the hardships especially associated with this portion of their journey.

The fourth and current version of the Shanyue Suspension Bridge was reconstructed to not only highlight the cultural history of Buluowan, but also to provide a panoramic site to view the gorge from various angles and thereby facilitate the dispersal and distribution of visitors. The trail was designed with accessibility in mind, so that everyone, including those with disabilities, the elderly, and infants, can easily and safely experience the magnificent views of the gorge.
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The Shanyue Bridge as viewed from the Meander Core

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The Shanyue Suspension Bridge and the Buluowan Terrace
 

Service Facitilies

Viewing Deck、Message board

Traffic Information

Bicycle:
Riding along Provincial Highway 8 and turn to the connection road at the east of Xipan Tunnel. Ride 2 kilometers up slope to Buluowan Recreation Area. The connection road is narrow and steep with sharp turns, so beware of other vehicles.
Bus:
1. From Hualien or Xincheng Train Station or Taroko National Park Headquarters station, take TaiwanTrip UBus 310, or Hualien Bus 1133 bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Buluowan.
2. From Tianxiang, take 1133 bus (served two buses daily only) bound for Taroko National Park Headquarters, Xincheng or Hualien Train Station.
3. Please consult News > FAQ (Frequent Ask Questions) on our website. https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/FAQ “ Transportation: Where can I purchase day passes for buses to Taroko National Park?.”
4. Bus schedules are available from #iBus Info System, and please check Route Search/ Search by Bus Operator Ubus #310, or Hualien Bus 1133.
Driving:
Driving north bound on Provincial Highway 9 from Hualien and connect Provincial Highway 8 at Xincheng. Then take the connection road at the east of Xipan Tunnel (at 177.7 km on Provincial Highway 8). It takes about 2 kilometers meander route of car driving and reaches to Buluowan Recreation Area. Driving will take about 15 minutes/10 km by car from Taroko National Park Headquarters to Buluowan.
Parking
There are parking lots for buses, cars, motorcycles and bicycles at Buluowan.

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