Clear blue water rushing through smooth marble rocks surrounded by lush green vegetation and dramatic marble cliffs, this is the scenery of the Shakadang Trail at the Taroko Gorge National Park near Hualien City, Taiwan. The main focal point of this trail is the crystal clear Shakadang River that flows through it. The trademark of this river is its rich blue colour (sometimes with a tinge of green), which is attributed by the mineral deposits in the rocks that the river flows over on. According to the guide that took us through this trail, rain or shine, the river is always clear and never murky. Simply a very stunning trail to explore…
The beautiful Shakadang River viewed from the entrance to the trail.
The Shakadang Trail is a relatively easy 4.4km flat hiking path along the crystal clear Shakadang River, in which most travel books estimate that it will take about 4 hours to complete the entire trail (round trip). It is one of the first trails from the entrance of the Taroko Gorge National Park, just about 1 km from the visitor’s centre. Interestingly enough, the trail was formerly called The Mysterious Valley Trail, because of the fact that some found it secretive. Regardless of what it was called, its a very enjoyable trail to take in such beautiful scenery. Instead of trying to describe the beauty of this trail in words, I will let the pictures do the talking instead. Enjoy…
Entrance to the Shakadang Trail from the red bridge.
View of the red bridge that we entered the Shakadang Trail from.
Off we go, walking through the Shakadang Trail.
Stunning view of the Shakadang River flowing through a valley.
Crystal clear waters of the Shakadang River. Doesn’t it look so crisp and refreshing?
Close up of the natural marble boulders in the river. Notice the pretty marble effects on the boulders?
Some awesome jagged rock formations along the trail. Its actually solid marble!
An interesting rock formation along the trail, doesn’t it look like a man’s face?
One of the many dramatic cliffs seen along the trail.
More marble rock boulders…
One last look at the amazingly clear blue Shakadang River…
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