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10.Two Days East Coast National Scenic Area & Taroko Gorge Tour
Departure Time: 05:30-06:30 AM
(Subject to change by flight or train)
Departure Point: Hotel Lobby
Duration: 2 Days
Tour Fare
(per person):
NT$ 7,400(Adult)
NT$ 6,000(Child)
【Adult—above 12 & Child—between 2 and 12】


Including:
Bus transportation, hotel, lunch on Day 2, English-speaking tour guide, tickets and travel insurance.
Excluding:
Lunch & dinner, tips and any personal expense.
(Suggestions for Tip: Half Day NT$100, Full Day NT$200 per person)
Notes:
1.If returning by plane:NT$9,500(per person)
2.Single Room Supplement:NT$1,200(per person)

  Itinerary:(Please carry about your passport for enplaning)
Day 1:
Pick up from Hotel ~ Transfer to Taipei Airport ~ Enplane for Hualien ~ Visit East Coast National Scenic Area(Pachi Scenic Lookout, Stone Steps, Caves of the Eight Immortals, Stone Umbrella)~ Sansiantai ~ Rueisuei ~ Huatung Valley ~ Return to Hualien ~ Stay overnight in Hualien.
Day 2:
Pick up from Hotel ~ Visit Taroko Gorge National Park(Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tiansiang)~ Marble Exhibition Center ~ Chisingtan Scenic Area ~ Stone Sculpture Park ~ Entrain for Taipei ~ Hotel.
 
Description :
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifTaroko Gorge National Park
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Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung County. It is the second largest national park in Taiwan. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Li Wu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Li Wu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Tsing Shui to Nan Hu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area. The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Pai Yang Waterfall, Yin Tai Waterfall, Chang Chun Waterfall, and Lu Shui Waterfall. Yen Tze Kou and Chiu Chu Tung are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Chang Chun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifEternal Spring Shrine
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The Eternal Spring Shrine is one of the most photographed sights in Taroko Gorge. What most people don't know is that it hides one of the most pleasant short trails (1.5 km/50 minutes) in the park. Crossing the Changchun Bridge, one soon reaches the shrine and escapes the mobs of camera wielding tourists. If not unnerved by the spiritual world this is a wonderful place to compose a poem or contemplate life. The gurgling sound of water rushing over the cliff edge matched with the cool shade offered by the shrine has a most relaxing effect.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifSwallow Grotto

This part of Taroko Gorge is composed of marble cliff faces covered with small holes, the result of long-term erosion by river and ground water. House swifts and Pacific swallows often forage and nest here, giving the place its name.

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/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifTunnel of Nine Turns
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The tortuous course cut by the river has produced a gorge of many curves, and the path of the highway that has been carved out of the cliff face here seems to be an endless aerie of turns. Hence the name. The gorge is so narrow that only a very narrow width is open to the heavens, in what the Chinese call "a thread of sky." The marble cliff face opposite the highway varies in color from deep gray to pure white in a multitude of changing designs. A walk through the Tunnel of Nine Turns takes about 30 minutes and gives access to enchanting scenes of the gorge, the river, stone strata, the tunnel itself, and the surrounding vegetation. This is one of the most scenic parts of the gorge, and the best place to observe the gorge's ecology.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifTiansiang Lodge
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This is the site of an old Atayal village at the confluence of the Liwu and Dasha rivers. Its name commemorates Wen Tian-siang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty. Scenic spots at Tiansiang include Siangde Temple, Tianfong Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tiangsiang Church. In winter each year the Plum Garden blooms forth, forming a sea of white blossoms stretching from the highway to Siangde Temple. Shanyue Village at Bulowan, another old tribal settlement in the gorge, offers a new and unique type of accommodation for the area.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifChi Hsing Beach
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Just north of Hualien (and directly east of the airport) is the obscure coastal village of Chi Hsing Bay. The beach here is still largely undeveloped and boasts a spectacular backdrop of mountains. It would be a great place to relax were it not for one drawback: the sand has high gravel content, making it uncomfortable to sit on. On the south side of the village is a large teahouse that overlooks the sea.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifEast Coast National Scenic Area


The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as "Taiwan's last unspoiled land", stretches 170 kilometers down the east coast of the island from the mouth of the Hualien River in the north to Shiauyeliou (Little Yeliou) in the south. To the east it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean; to the west raises the Coastal Mountain Range. The land here consists of volcanic rock, classic rock from deep beneath the sea, and shale that has been pushed upward- and is still being pushed upward- by tectonic action. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here, including coastal terraces, sand and pebble beaches, shoreline reefs, inshore islands, and capes along with sea-eroded platforms, trenches, and caves. This varied topography provides habitat for a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The East Coast is the primary homeland of the Amis aboriginal tribe. Amis villages' dot the coastline and the harvest festivals that they hold in July and August every year offer visitors an opportunity to gain insights into the culture of this unique people. Before the Amis settled here there were prehistoric peoples who came and went, leaving a rich store of artifacts and ancient sites that can still be seen today. Among the more modern cultural features of the coastline are enchanting temples, churches, and quaint fishing villages. This rich store of natural and cultural assets prompted the Tourism Bureau to establish the East Coast National Scenic Area in 1988, and to engage in the active development of the leisure resources here.

 
/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifStone Umbrella


Shihyusan, or "Stone Umbrella," is a narrow spit of rock that projects approximately one kilometer into the sea, like the trunk of an elephant, at the 106-kilometer mark of Highway 11. The feature which gives the area its name is the result of differential wave erosion: a hard coral cap perched on a relatively narrow pillar of softer stone conglomerate. The "stone umbrella, " plus the beautiful scenery here, make Shihyusan a popular spot with photographers.

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/ezfiles/0/1000/img/1/arr_02.gifHuatung Valley


The valley in eastern Taiwan that stretches from the plains of Hualien in the north to the plains of Taitung in the south separates the Central Mountain Range and the Coastal Mountain Range. The valley is where the Eurasian and Philippine tectonic plates come together; giving the area many fault lines and frequent earthquakes. The numerous streams and rivers that flow down from the high mountains have left vast alluvial deposits of sand and gravel where they enter the valley. Although it is difficult for vegetation to grow in the area of these deposits, which are extremely rocky and subject to unpredictable flooding or drought as well, the inhabitants of eastern Taiwan have been successful in growing many kinds of crops that give the valley a highly bucolic appearance. The affluent rural prospect of the valley has given it the popular sobriquet of a "green corridor" reaching from Hualien to Taitung. In addition to the Hakka and southern Fujianese peoples from Mainland China, the valley is also home to aborigines of the Amis, Puyuma, Bunun, and Paiwan tribes. The colorful harvest festivals that the different tribes hold each year help to keep their old ways alive at a time when traditional cultures are weakening at a steady rate. This area also contains many of Taiwan's best-preserved archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic age, approximately 2,000 to 5,000 years ago: sites from the middle- and late-period Beinan Culture, and from the megalithic culture. These historic sites constitute the richest chapter of Taiwan's prehistory.

 

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