Along the scenic drive through Taroko Gorge National Park, there were many random sights worth noting. What I noticed was that it wasn’t just the main trails of the park that made the trip very memorable, it was also a combination of these smaller sites we saw along the way.
As we passed by magnificent cliffs, and amazing valleys, there were numerous waterfalls that we saw flowing freely through the mountain valleys. Many of these waterfalls come from natural reservoirs that collect rain water on the mountain peaks. It was very stunning to see the steady stream of clear water falling dramatically from the mountain top.
One of the many waterfalls flowing through the mountain valleys.
After we passed by the Swallow Grotto Trail there was an interesting red metal bridge that we drove past. The story with this red metal bridge is that beside it was a huge natural rock formation that is shaped like a frog. And to make it even more peculiar, constructed on top of this frog like rock formation, was a pavillion, and this made it look like this “frog” was wearing a crown. So it wasn’t just a rock formation that looked like a frog, instead it looked like a frog prince!
Picture of my wife and I right before the red metal bridge.
Picture of the red metal bridge with a lion guarding the entrance.
Posing beside the lion. Can you spot the frog prince in this picture?
Can you see the frog prince now?
Another interesting site that we got to experience was an old suspension bridge. This suspension bridge will lead you to the entrance of a permit only hiking trail. I can see why a permit was needed on this particular trail, because once you pass this suspension bridge you pretty much venture into thick forest. This is where the wilderness begins. Obviously I was not going to venture further than the end of the suspension bridge (no permit at the time, maybe next time when I’m more prepared), but it was still a cool suspension bridge from where I took some amazing photos.
A picture with a pavillion before we entered to the suspension bridge.
Right at the entrace of the suspension bridge. Ready to enter!
And here we go!
View of the suspension bridge. Pretty cool eh?
Scenic view #1 taken from the suspension bridge.
Scenic view #2 taken from the suspension bridge.
Scenic view #3 taken from the suspension bridge.
At the other side of the suspension bridge where the permit only trail starts. Wonder what creatures are lurking behind the bushes?
Finally the last interesting sight we came across was the final stop of our journey through Taroko Gorge. The final stop was a place like a small community, where there was a hotel, some restaurants, and restrooms. There was also a very beautiful buddhist monastery built on the face of the valley. By chance, it turned out that the buddhist temple that I regularily go to in Singapore and Malaysia is affiliated with this buddhist monastery at Taroko Gorge. However we reached there quite late, and the monastery just closed (it closes at 5:30pm, and we reached around 6:00pm). I guess next time I’ll visit earlier! Either way we strolled around the final stop, took some pictures, enjoyed the sunset, and had our dinner before driving back to Hualien City. So this is it, my journey through Taroko Gorge. I hope you found it as magnificent as I found it to be!
Picture of suspension bridge leading to the buddhist monastery. Notice the pagoda in the background.
Me standing at the main entrance to the buddhist monastery.
Some scenic pics of our final stop.
More scenic pictures. The building is the hotel located there. It supposedly has a rooftop pool, it must be pretty awesome to be swimming there.
Sunset fast approaching…
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