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Zhuilu Old Road Partially Open

Updated:2019-07-22 26k


Buluowan Service Station
Trail Level
Mountaineering Trail
Permits Required
Park Entry Permit Required
765 m
The length of the trail
10300 m
Needed Time
3-5 hours (out-and-back)
Entry to Zhuilu Old Road is only allowed between 7:00 am-10:00 am.
There are often venomous snakes and insects on the trail, so hikers should be extremely careful.

Apply for the Taroko park entry permit here: http://npm.cpami.gov.tw/
Park entry permit application by phone:+886-3-8621576
Park entry permit application by email: taroko100@taroko.gov.tw

*Please note: A park entry permit and ticket must be obtained prior to entering the trail. Please purchase tickets at the Swallow Grotto’s east trail head ticket booth. Full priced tickets are 200nt, discounted tickets for children age 6-12 are 100nt and children under age 6 are free of charge.
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Trail Introduction
The Zhuilu Old Road, the remains of the Old Cross-Hehuan Mountain Road, is the only  Culture/historic Area in Taroko National Park.

Currently, the east 3.1 km of the trail is open to hikers. (the rest of trail remains closed due to the rockfalls damages.) 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 persons on weekdays and 156 persons on weekends and holidays. Visitors are required to apply for a park entry permit. 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.

History and Culture
Zhuilu Old Road is part of the Old Cross-Hehuan Mountain Road, an important connection between Truku villages in the early days. Originally the trail was only 30 cm wide, barely enough for two feet side by side. In 1917, the Japanese conscripted local indigenous men and expanded the trail width to 1.5 m. Zhuilu was then used for transportation as well as the movement of artillery. Hanging only by a rope around their waist, the local indigenous men used dynamite on the cliff walls to clear the rock for tunnels, extremely difficult and dangerous work.

Zhuilu Cliffs
Past Jinheng Bridge, cliffs on both sides of the gorge steepen and draw closer to each other.  On the Central Cross-Island Highway at 178 km, the rock becomes one completely vertical, marble cliff stretched about 1,200 meters wide, with a height of 1,100 meter. 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. There’s a wider section on the highway below the cliffs, where visitors can park to take in the view. From this spot, you can hardly see the very top of the Zhuilu Cliffs, but the outline of sky between the cliff edges looks very much like the shape of Taiwan when viewed from west to east.

Safety Information:
This trail is rugged along much of its length and the cliff section is very narrow. Do not attempt it if lacking fitness, scared of heights or suffering from heart disease.
The weather in the mountains is very changeable. In the afternoon, wind and fog are common. Please be careful and stay warm.
Zhuilu Cliff Section is around 500 meters long (2.6K-3.1K). When crossing the cliff: (1)Do not use your cellphone, run, jump, or play, and do not get too close to the edge. (2)Walk as close to the inside edge of the trail as you can and grip the rope at all times; when passing others coming the other way, be careful, wait in a spacious place and give way. (3)When taking pictures, please be careful.


Traffic Information

The road is narrow and often taken by large vehicles. Please pay extra attention to traffic safety.
Take a Hualien Bus bound for Tianxiang(1133A or 1133), Luoshao(1126), or Lishan(1141), and alight at Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou).

To improve service at Taroko, Hualien Bus1133A (departing from Hualien railway station bound for Tianxiang) has set up a bus station at Xipan Service Station (at the 179.3k point on the Provincial Highway No. 8) on the Central Cross-Island Highway. Here, visitors can conveniently borrow safety helmets for Old Zhuilu Road. 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.
The other option: you could also take no. 302 bus run by Taroko bus company.(departing from Xincheng railway station bound for Tianxiang) The contact telephone number is 0800-827656..
Above mentioned two bus companies, using cash or Easy Card(Taipei Metro easy card) or I-Pass card or I-cash pays for the bus fee. No change will be provided so please prepare exact cash for the bus fee.
Head west on the Central Cross-Island Highway. The Swallow Grotto is approx. 500 m after exiting from the Xipan Tunnel.