The journey through Taroko Gorge National Park in Taiwan is one of the nicest rides I’ve been on in all our travels.
We’ve returned twice to this unbelievable jewel of a national park and each time our experience has been different. Even with the light rain showers, we still made our way slowly along the road from Hualian to Tienshieng. We stopped for an hour at the Visitor’s Center to avoid the worst of the rain and then spent the rest of the afternoon riding, stopping and hiking to get the best views.
Photographs never do true justice to the majesty of Mother Nature, but some of them can come mighty close!
The rain was a deterrent for most visitors and we had the roads and trails to ourselves. At one point, we had to stop and wait out a particularly hard downpour, but it only lasted ten minutes and when it finished, we discovered an old concrete set of stairs leading down into the forest. We decided to follow it and as we descended, the forest suddenly erupted into a frenzy of screeching and howling as a pack of forest monkeys popped out of the underbrush and raced along the riverbank opposite us.
The trail we were on eventually led down to the waters edge. We could see the water marks on the canyon walls high above us as the dirty, gray water rushed past us at a furious speed. We stopped to sit and enjoy the scenery for awhile, but all too soon it was time to move on. This year, we opted to spend the money and stay at The Grand Formosa. Here are some of my photos from that trip.
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- Taroko Gorge National Park