Taroko (太魯閣) National Park has the most dramatic scenery in Taiwan. Its gorge, a small version of Grand Canyon, is world famous. Liwu River (立霧溪) cuts through the mountain that is formed by pure marble to form the gorge. It is part of Central Cross-island Highway, which cut accross the central mountainous region of Taiwan. The highway is now not passable due to the earthquake of 1999. On January 28, the third day of Chinese New Year, we reached the area from the north using Rt 7A from Yilan (宜蘭) through Lishan (梨山) and Dayuling (大禹嶺). We have tried to go through this highway for six years and finally made it this time.
On the way to Lishan, we pass by this rapeseed flower field at Nanshan (南山), a tribal village up in the mountain. By the time we reached Tiansian (天祥) at the Taroko Gorge, it was 5 o'clock in the afternoon. We planned to be home in Taipei at 9 to have dinner. We did not arrive till 1 AM due to the Chinese New Year traffic, both deep in the mountain and in the Snow Mountain Tunnel.