Why is it called Taroko? In fact, Taroko is one of Taiwan indigenous tribes whose ancestor immigrated to this area in the 17th century. During Japan colonization of Taiwan (1895 to 1945), the Taroko Tribe constant fought with the Japanese government over its splendid natural resources like lumbers and gold for 18 years. In 1914, the Japanese government decided to conquer Taroko tribe for stabilizing this region. The Japanese government started constructing the road from Taroko to Hohuan (partial of Highway 14) in order to transport war supplies and economic goods. The final and famous war is called the War of Taroko between Japanese and Taroko Tribe after 18 years of fighting.
|Liwu River is along the highway which eroded and formed Taroko Gorge for millions of years.|
|One of the water falls in Taroko National Park|
|What does the rock look like? Most people think it looks like a frog. The pavilion is just like a crown sits on the frog. This pavilion is built in memory of Chiang Chingkuo's mother.|
|Cimu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge) which is named by Chiang Chingkuo to in memory of all mothers.|
|After this bridge was finished, Chiang Chinnkuo refused to use his name for this bridge as politics did in Taiwan at the time.|
|The massive marble is the metamorphosis of limestone through millions of years.|
|Due to the erosion of Liwu River, these massive marbles cliffs have many different forms. According to the geologic survey, Taroko Gorge is still growing in height each year.|
|Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail (Jiuqudong): 2 KM long--This photo was taken in 2008.|
Updated on Oct 26. 2011: The park has just finished a FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) walkway/canopy which can bear a 40kg rock falling from 20 meter high on the Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail. So, people can enjoy its gorgeous view and experience its dangerous atmosphere again.
According the park survey, the average frequency of rock falling is 3.6 times per day.
|Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Shrine)|
|The Marble Trail to the Eternal Spring Shrine: there are 380 steps to Guanyin Cave. It is cool during the Summer, a good way to escape the summer heat.|
|There was a pavilion on the right hand side of the photo. It was destroyed by a landslide.|
|Swallow Grotto : It used to have a lot of swallow around this area; however, those swallows have gone due to the heavy traffic. Their natural habitats were disturb by the intrusion of human beings.|
|The Old Highway Trail on the right and New Highway Tunnel on the left|
|Rest Area at Swallow Grotto|
|Statue of Chief Engineer Jin Heng who scarified his life during the construction|
|The famous landmark: Indian Chief on the right side at the river|
|What do you think about this sign?|
|Bulouwan Visitor Center|
Buluowan in Taroko Tribe language means Echo. It has two terraces. The terraces were Taroko tribe habitat places. But the Japanese government forced them to move to cities for monitoring and controlling them. Now the visitor center and the prehistory museum are located at the low terrace.
|Trail Conveys Upper and Lower Terraces|
|Taroko Prehistory Museum|
|An Old Taroko Tribe Woman Weaving Fabric|
|Walking Trail Next To Parking Area|
|The Sculpture in Front of Leader Hotel|
|I wish I have the opportunity to stay in the hotel to enjoy its tranquility.|