Taroko Gorge view from our hotel room at Silks Place Taroko…see the bunch of monkeys
Taroko Gorge is located to the east of Taiwan, can be reached by High Speed Rail (HSR) to Hualien from Taipei Main Station.
Taroko Gorge and its surrounding area are well known for their abundant supply of marble (Wiki).
We opt for Silks Place Taroko hotel which has shuttle pick up (at a charge) from Hualien station back and forth, about an hour ride.
Oh boy, the view was magnificent and we were lucky to run into crisp spring weather during our 3 days 2 nights here.
Our double room with Gorge view option
The main reason for choosing this hotel was its prime location close to many beautiful trails.
The hotel also organises day trips and half day trips covering near and far trails – see below.
Overlooking the Silk Place Taroko hotel which is located right in the midst Taroko Gorge trails, it is very relaxing to spend two nights away from the hustle and bustle of the city to be right within the nature but with the normal comfort of a modern home.
The pagoda on the peak on very nearby Xiangde Temple Trail
We climbed up the pagoda from within…
Sights met along Xiangde Temple Trail
Xiande temple on the same trail
Our stay included buffet breakfast and also set / buffet dinner options – our first night Chinese dinner set, overall decent food
One of the sights on Baiyang Trail at Taroko Gorge near the hotel
We went down to the river on Shakadang Trail
More misty mountain views amongst the Taroko Gorge
Cloud sea on mountain top
Second night dinner buffet spread
The dessert spread, great varieties and enticing looking but tasted so so
I’m a dessert addict, this was only half of my hunt
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a sunny Spring day – breathtaking!
There many different blue green hues to the Pacific Ocean due to the different depths
Last day breakfast – his self-made sandwich
Baiyang trail – the dam
The cascading waterfalls
Tunnel with dripping water, pristine clear water running through
An obligatory snapshot of Hualien train station
We made Taroko Gorge our first stop in Taiwan.
Taoyuan Aiport –> Shuttle to Taipei Main Station –> HSR to Hualien –> Hotel shuttle pickup, vice-versa route back to Taipei after two nights here.
All together, we explored some trails not all – all near by hotel or organised by hotel tour specialists.
We covered Xiangde Temple Trail, Baiyang Trail, Shakadang Trail, Swallow Grotto Trail, and another two which the names eluded me.
There are hiking tours, cycling tours in a group available to sign up online as well.
A highly recommended nature sights in Taiwan.