When you are a visitor in Hualien (花蓮), a visit to the Taroko Gorge (太魯閣) is a must. It is considered as one of the wonders of Taiwan and it did not disappoint.
Hiring a taxi for the entire day for a flat fee is a pretty normal practice in the tourist parts of Taiwan. So we made arrangement with one of the companies and got ourselves a personal tour guide for our Taroko Gorge day!
The Toroko Gorge was an impressive sight. The canyon has many different color as well as intersting rock formations, composed mainly of marble. We were given hard hat and were asked to walk along on the sidewalk along the canyon for a better view as well as photo ops.
As we moved deeper into the canyon, the sights kept evolving. The climax was definitely at a hanging bridge that we had to cross. It was slightly sketchy with so many people crossing and stopping on it, but the view was fantastic!
The Taroko Gorge was a major tourist attraction and it was for good reason. The crowd was never overwhelming while we were there and we were too busy looking at the amazing rock formations to notice. If you are in that part of Taiwan, I would recommend spending a day visiting the Taroko Gorge, it really reminded me that besides the amazing culture and friendly people, Taiwan also has beautiful natural scenary as well.