Taroko Gorge National Park Reviews
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Apart from the weather (raining) everything was perfect, the transfer from hotel to airport (exactly on time), the flight, the tour, the guide (very competent and knowledgeable), the lunch (in a 5 star hotel) with 7 differents plates, the return in train and the transfer back to the hotel (the driver was waiting for us right at the door of the wagon and we were in the van 4 minutes after train arrival. In Taroko we have been able to see everything even the walking part closed for risk of landslides (we have gone though a service tunnel to a part without risks). I will have preferred sunshine but the low clouds surrounding the mountains make for some nice photographs
The logistics of a one-day tour from Taipei worked okay: fly from in-town Songshan airport to Hualin airport (approx. 30 mins), and return by local train (approx. 3 hrs). The gorge was impressive, but the guide did not provide any geological explanation about its natural history, or any in-depth explanation of the sights and local aboriginal culture. It was a bus tour where sights were pointed out to us, and we were told "use your imagination!" Lunch was good.
The trip was great! All representatives spoke many languages which helped and also the pace of the day was just right. It was relaxing but yet we were able to see alot of things. Josephine was hilarious and kept us entertained and well informed for the entire day. Thanks for setting this tour up! We really enjoyed it!
Extremely satisfying day. Great value, beautiful Taroka and good service from all of the staff. Well worth the time and money.
Fantasic tour, well worth the price. I'd definitely recommend this day trip to anyone touring Taipei. The tour is run by a local agency, Edison. They pick you up at your designated hotel at 6am, they take care of your flight there, lunch (which was quite good), scenic train ride back, and drop you off back at the hotel 7:30pm. Our tour guide Josephine was alot of fun, mixing humor with info. I love her "rule breaking" attitude. The only minor complaint I have is that the tour felt a little rushed; wish we could spend another 30 mins at the gorge and 30 mins less at the marble factory. Ending the tour at the beach was quite nice as well. I went in mid Nov, and even though it rained for a part of the day, the scenery was absolutely breath-taking regardless.
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Haulien to visit Taroko National Park. The guide [Josephine] was knowledgeable and entertaining.
It would've been better though if we skipped the marble factory and the beach to allot more time to hike - specifically, to do the Shakadang Trail.
Also, maybe indicate in the website the option to extend stay. There was a couple in our group (booked by a different company) who stayed behind and booked in a hotel. If I knew this, I would have opted to stay too and do the trails. (Permits are required for the trails).
Had a great trip to Taroko Gorge. The scenery was amazing and the guide was very good. I would have preferred to fly back to Taipei, the train journey was too long.
We had a great tour guide (Josephine). The day before our tour a rock slide blocked the upper part of the tour route. She took us to some othe locations in the park that we wanted to see and didn't know for sure how we were going to do it. This was my second trip to the park and I would recommend it to anyone.
good fun, nice tour guide
A great tour overall, but felt rushed most of the time. Not enough time at each spot to do the walks. Two stops seemed unnecessary at all - the time would have been better used at lunch and at another spot at the Gorge. Tour guide was friendly and informative; lunch was traditional Aboriginal food which was a good experience. (Though 1 hr was not enough time.) At the end of the day we were dropped off at the train 45 mins earlier - a waste of time! Again, this time could have been used at lunch or elsewhere when we were rushed from place to place. If you have limited time or no means of transport, this is probably the easiest way to see Taroko. (Taroko itself is breathtaking.)
this place were amazing, tunnel of nine turns is closed for now, but others still open and it's beautiful. Tours do tried some up sell, but wasn't that much, understandable, wish they communicate better. "Want to see aborigin dancing and marble factory?" of course everyone wants. Later on tour guide collected additional fees for that show and visit, I bet everyone thinking it was included in the package.
My colleague and I have booked the trip to see some of Hualiens`s beautiful nature and locations during a short day trip.
Pro`s: Taroko`s and Hualien`s nature, get a first impression of aborigine lifestyle. To see the landscape it is definitely worth to do this trip.
Con`s: However the tour became more and more unpleasant, as we noticed that it was actually a guided shopping trip. Stopping at a few little cafes (including souvenir shop) was totally ok for us. But we did not like it, that for example the announcement of a "free piece of sticky rice cake (Mochi)" was not a lesson about local food, but just another stop at a store where you just were allowed to try a tiny piece in order to buy several whole packages. Only a shop, no info at all. Same was for the marble "factory". Here you did not see the preparation of marble jewellery or statues, but a huge show room for overpriced marble products. Coincident, that just when we arrived about 8-10 shop assistents were rushing to make us buy some stuff? One small bracelet of jade 350 Euros, btw. "Stroll at the beach" means stop at a stone beach for about 10min. People who are looking forward to see the sea will be disappointed, as it is just enough time to hurry to the water to take a quick picture. The aborigine food was good (except a very bitter soup), but the portion was quite small. Better take some sandwich with you.
As a summary most of the time we spent at locations, where you can buy something. Usually there you can do hardly anything else. If you are non-Chinese or non-Japanese, you won`t get much info about aborigine life or marble producing. While the Chinese shop assistants are talking and explaining all the time, the tour guide will drop some word occasionally; she is a nice person though.
The way back by train was really exhausting, as it takes ages to get back to TPE City, because the train is so slow.
I saw that most of the visitors gave a very positive feedback, however my colleague and me felt cheated from some point. If you spend already money for an all-inclusive trip, you also want some cultural information and not spend money at every stop.
It was fantastic. Thank goodness that we had a sunny day. The stone formations are really nice. Highly recommended. My family enjoyed it. Best for picture taking. You can really see the wonders of God's creation :-)
it was great very organised and fun. Our guide in Taroko gorge was great fun and great English speaker.
thanks for a fun trip