- Chinese Name: 太魯閣國家公園
- Located At: Eastern Taiwan
- Renowned For: Geological uplifting and erosion by the Liwu River, which has formed a
- U-shaped, 1,000-meter-deep limestone canyon that is currently one of the largest marble canyons known to mankind.
- Behind the Name: Taroko National Park was named after the Taroko Gorge, one of the park’s renowned landmarks. Taroko, where the Taroko (Truku) tribe live, means “magnificent and beautiful” in the language of the aboriginal tribe.
- Did You Know that … ? The Taroko National Park covers an area of some 92,000 hectares and contains over 100 streams, an abundance of plant and animal resources, as well as diverse landscape such as mountains, cliffs and waterfalls.
Taroko + Gorge
The Taroko National Park stretches from Hualien County and Nantou County to Taichung City. Taiwan’s Central Cross-Island Highway also runs through the park at its east end.
Located at the edge of the Eurasian Plate, the Taroko region has withstood the geological evolutions and crustal movements that took place between the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate.
The uplifting forces resulted from plate collisions pushed the rock out of the sea-bed to where we see it in Taroko now. In fact, the region is still being uplifted by approximately 0.5 centimeter every year.
The au natural sights in the park such as the Tunnel of Nine Turns, the Eternal Spring Shrine, the Swallow Grotto, the Jinheng Park, the Bridge of the Kind Mother, Tiansiang, the Jhueilu Precipice, Lioufang Bridge, Hill of Yu the Great and Buluowan are now popular tourist attractions.