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Travel Guide

Bicycle Trip

Valley and trail route
Visitor Center → Shakadang Trail → Buluowan → (Yanzikou/ Swallow Grotto) →Tiansiang → (backward) Jiucyudong/ Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail → Changchun Shrine/ Eternal Spring Shrine → Entry pass of Taroko Gorge.
※ Instructions:
  1. Trails: Shakadang (to the middle spot: Wujianwu/ 5D Cabin), Lyushui Trail, Baiyang Trail, Wenshan Hot Spring Trail (closed), Changchun Shrine Trail. Choose one of them.
  2. The best landscape of the Taroko Gorge is located between Yanzikou to Jiucyudong. Choose one of them to walk (the latter is safer for the separation of cars and tourists).
Gorge and Cingshui Cliff Route
Visitor Center → Buluowan → (Yanzihkou/ Swallow Grotto) → Tiansiang → (backward) Jiucyudong Trail/ Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail → Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine) → Entry pass of Taroko Gorge → Chongde Tunnel N. Opening Trail (or Huide Tunnel N. Opening Trail)

Bus Trip

Five-hour Trip
  1. Hualien (bus) → Visitor Center →(walking) → Shakadang Trail (Wujianwu/ 5D Cabin) → backward
  2. Hualien (bus) → Visitor Center →(walking) → Changchun Shrine Trail (Eternal Spring Shrine Trail) →> backward
  3. Hualien(bus) → Tiansiang → (walking) →Baiyang Trail → backward(bus) [ On the way home: Sightseeing of the Central Cross-Island Highway landscapes]
  4. Hualien(bus) → Lyushui Trail → (walking) → Tiansiang → backward(bus) [On the way home: Sightseeing of the Central Cross-Island Highway landscapes]
  5. Hualien(bus) → Wenshan Hot Spring (closed) → (walking) → Tiansiang → backward(bus) [On the way home: Sightseeing of the Central Cross-Island Highway landscapes]
※Instructions:
  1. Buses from the Hualien Bus Company go through the Central Cross-Island Highway. Or, bus tours are offered by local travel agencies and hotels.
  2. If taking the train, tourists can get off at Sincheng Train Station and take a taxi (about 7 minutes) to the Visitor Center. Or, tourists can get off at Hualien Train Station and then transfer bus (or rental car) to Taroko Station (at least an hour needed) or to Tiansiang Station (about two hours).

One-day Trip

Carefree tour around the mountains and waters—Jiucyudong Trail/ Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail
Hualien ← 26km → Visitor Center ← 2.3km → Changchun Shrine ← 4.4km → Yanzikou ← 3.8km → Jiucyudong Trail ← 5.5km → Tiansiang ←(lunch) ←2km → Lyushui (Lyushui Trail) ← 12.7km → Buluowan ← 36.7km → Hualien
“Thousand-year waves wash off dusts” — Cingshui Cliff tour
Hualien ← 26km → Visitor Center ← 14km → Cingshui Cliff ← 6km → Chongde (Lunch) ← 16.7km → Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) 3.8km → Jiucyudong Trail ← 3.5km → Lyushui ← 10.7km → Buluowan ← 36.7km → Hualien
“Like assorted pearls falling in a jade plate” - Baiyan Trail tour
Hualien ← 26km → Visitor Center ← 2.3km → Changchun Shrine ← 7km → Buluowan (lunch) ← 3.4km → Yanzikou ← 3.8km → Jiucyudong Trail ← 5.5km → Tiansiang ← 0.9km → Baiyan Trail ← 44.9km → Hualien

Two-day Trip

Huoran Pavilion — Tiansiang Trail
Day 1

Hualien ← 26km → Visitor Center ← 16km → Cingshui Cliff ← 16km → Taroko ← 8.7km → Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) ← 10.2km → Baiyang Trail ← 6.4km → Jiucyudong Trail ← 38.5km → Hualien (Lodging)

Day 2

Hualien ← 28.3km → Changchun Shrine ← 7.7km → Buluowan ← 13.7km → Tiansiang (lunch) ← 8.5km → (Huoran Pavilion-Tiansiang Trail,1.6km/ to-and-fro 30 minutes--only open the trail entrance from Tiansiang Youth (Hostel) Activity Center 800m section ) ← 46km → Hualien

Mt. Cingshui — Shakadang Trail and Suhua Landscape
Day 1

Suhua Highway ← 41km → Cingshui Cliff ← 7km → Cingshui Cliff Trail ← 5km → Chongde Tunnel N. Entrance ← 3km → Chongde (lunch) ← 5km → Visitor Center ← 1km →Shakadang Trail ← 9.2km → Buluowan (lodging)

Day 2

Buluowan ← 3.4km → Yanzikou ← 3.8km → Jiucyudong Trail (around 2km for one-way walking, 40 min needed) ← 3.6km → Lyushui - Heliu Trail ← 2km → Tiansiang(lunch) ← 18km → Central Cross-Island Highway → Backward

Traveling in Central Cross-Island Highway and Returning in Suhua Landscape
Day 1

Central Cross-Island Highway (Kunyang) ← 2km → Wuling ← 2.3km → Mt. Shihmen Trail ← 8.5km → Dayuling ← 5km → Guanyuan (lunch ← 11km → Bilyu ← 5.79km → Cih-en ← 9.2km → Sinbaiyang ← 11.2km → Luoshao ← 7.5km → Sibao ← 8.4km → Tiansiang(Lodging)

Day 2

Tiansiang ← 0.9km → Baiyan Trail ← 3.5km → Lyushui ← 3.6km → Jiucyudong ← 3.9km → Yanzikou ← 9.5km → Visitor Center ← 20km → Su-hua highway(Heren boundary tablet) → backward

Three-day Trip

Central Cross-Island Landscape — Lianhua Pond Trail
Day 1

Hualien ← 26km → Visitor Center → 6.7km → Yanzikou ← 3.8km → Jiucyudong Trail ← 5.5km → Tiansiang (lunch) ← 4.9km → Lianhua Pond Trail (around 3.7kmX2, 3-4 hours to-and-fro) → 5.1km → Tiansiang (lodging)

Day 2

Tiansiang ← 7.8km → Sibao ← 7.8km → Luoshao(lunch) ← 11.4km → Sinbaiyang ← 9.2km → Cih-en → 5.3km → Bilyu ← 10.9km → Guanyuan (lodging)

Day 3

Guanyuan ← 4.8km → Dayuling ← 6.1km → Mt. Shihmen Trail(height:3237m) ←1.3km → Wuling (Wu Peak, height:3275m) ← 2km → Kunyang → backward

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