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Dali-Datong Trail Open

Updated:2020-10-07 Viewing Count14k


Suhua Service Station
Trail Level
Hiking Trail
1128 m
The length of the trail
9400 m
Needed Time
About 6~7 hours (one-way)
1. This trail’s terrain is steep and slippery after it rains. Please be aware of your own physical condition before entering the trail, and plan your time accordingly.
2. The trip to Dali may take one day, while two days are recommended for the trip to Datong. Please arrange accommodations beforehand.
3. The tribal road network can be complex. It is recommended to have a guide for the hike.
4. The trail is located in a general protected area of indigenous reserved land. Please respect the local residents’ culture and lifestyle; do not trespass into homes or onto farmland.
5.Confirm that the trail is open prior to hiking. Hikers may enter from the Dekalun Trail, which connects to Dali and the Dali-Datong Trail, and take the same path on the return trip.
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Note: The Mt. Qingshui Trail extends beyond the Dali-Datong Trail. 

Trail Introduction

The trail towards Dali begins next to the public restrooms at Taroko Terrace Bus Parking Lot. It overlaps Dekalun Trail and then ascends via steps. A one-way hike to Dali takes about three hours. Continuing from Dali Village to reach Datong Village will take an estimated two and a half hours. The trail features information signboards along the way.

Winding through a mostly low elevation subtropical broadleaf forest, surrounded by chirping birds, you may catch a glimpse of squirrels, Taiwanese macaques, and other wild animals. Near the village there is also a Makino bamboo forest, fruit trees and vegetable patches planted by the local residents.

The Truku aboriginal tribe lives in Taroko National Park, having crossed over the Central Mountain Range from Taiwan's west coast 200-300 years ago. They settled in the Liwu River basin. However, during the Japanese occupation many migrated to the plains (now Xiulin, Wanrong, and Zhuoxi Townships). Today, only Dali and Datong Village still have residents residing there.

Dali Village, formerly known as Xoxos, is above the left bank of Shakadang River, located on a 915-meter-high terrace.

Datong Village, formerly named Shakadang, is located on a 1128-meter-high terrace above the left bank, near the middle section, of Shakadang River. These two villages were relocated in 1980 to the Minle Community in Xiulin Township's Fushi Village, and their residents were the last within Taroko National Park to be relocated from the mountains, though some villagers have since moved back. 

Service Facitilies

Visitor Center、Service Station、Police Station、Shop、Food and Drink、Public Restroom、Gas station、Parking Lot、Viewing Deck、Mountaineering、Bus Station、Accommodation、Message board

Traffic Information

The trail has no bicycle-facilities. The bicycle parking racks are available at Taroko Terrace (Taroko N. P. Headquarters Visitor Center).
1. From Hualien Station, take Hualien buses 1133 or 1133A bound for Tianxiang, or Luoshao-1126 or Lishan-1141, Taroko- 1129, and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center (national park Headquarters administrative office).
2. From Xincheng Station, take Taroko Bus 302 or take a Hualien Bus 1133A or 1133 bound for Tianxiang, and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center.
3. From Tianxiang: Take Buses 302, 1133, or 1133A (bound for Hualien or Xincheng), and alight at Taroko National Park Headquarters visitor center. Then walk to the Dali-Datong trailhead.
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?.”
Take Provincial Highway 8 or Provincial Highway 9 to Taroko Terrace (Taroko N. P. Headquarters). The trailhead is next to the public restrooms on the northern trail’s west bus parking lot. Enter the Dali-Datong Trail from Dekalun Trail, which connects at its highest point.
Parking is avaiable at Taroko Terrace (Taroko Visitor Center).