Taiwan: Taroko National Park (Part 1)

After arriving at Just Sleep, our hotel in Hualien, we signed up for a half-day tour the next day. We originally wanted to hire a cab to drive us around Taroko Gorge National Park but the tour our hotel arranged was absolutely perfect, it was just us! After an awkward/funny few minutes playing charades (the driver didn’t speak any english), he drove back to his office and picked up a guide that spoke english. Along the way we made stops at Cingshuei Cliffs, Shakadang Trail, Cimu Bridge, Taroko Terrace, Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns) Trail and lastly the Changchun (Eternal Spring) Shrine. I took to many pictures, so will be dividing this post into two.

^^ Have you ever seen water so blue? I haven’t! The beach, the cliffs, it was absolutely magical ^^



^^ this is what happens when you ask someone to take a picture of you with your DSLR, lol! ^^

^^ We had some delicious sausages at the end of the trail ^^ 


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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • How beautiful!

  • I've been to Taroko 3 times and yet have never managed to do the Shakadang trail! we always end up further back in the park trying to avoid the crowds. what did you think of it?

  • Hannah Curtis

    oh my those water/cliff photos are gorgeous, they almost look like paintings! Matt really wants to go to Taiwan so I am hoping we get another trip here and spend a day in the city (for him) and then do these further away trips!

  • Kassie ODriscoll

    We loveeeed our tour! At the end, we stopped somewhere and had the best kettle corn… ever! Love the photos! 🙂

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos. Never been, but I have to think you've done the place justice… probably more than justice! xx

  • Lindsey Smallwood

    So so lovely! Would love to get there sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  • I saw your photos on Facebook and couldn't wait to read this post! It is so gorgeous! I'm drooling for a beautiful beach getaway now!!

  • Omg i had *heart eyes* the whole time we were there!! I especially had never seen water that blue! It was breathtaking!!

  • There wasn't anything that special, lol! I think if there would've been more water, it would've been a little more scenic.. i kind of wish we would've spent more time around the Tunnel of nine turns and the shrine!

  • YES! That coastline was DREAMY! I don't think i've ever seen water that blue and i loved how the mountains were right there next to the coast! It would've been awesome to actually walk on the beach. You guys should definitely go back! You can always explore more cities 😉

  • YUM! i loooove kettle corn, we wish we would've done the whole day tour but we were happy with what we got 🙂 Thanks! Taiwan made it pretty easy to shoot 😉

  • I am so happy with how these pictures turned out! Sometimes pictures just don't do a place justice but i can say for sure that it was the most PERFECT day to explore this area, especially the coastline!

  • Yes!! We were soo happy we took the train out of Taipei and stayed in Hualien for a day, it was so worth it! Thanks for reading and commenting 😀

  • OMG i drool everytime i see those shades of blue! I really wish we could've walked around that beach!