COVERING JUST 920 square kilometres on the Central Mountains Ranges, Taroko Gorge packs in a lot. Half the park is mountains over 2000m, and there are several over 3000. 27 peaks listed in “Taiwan’s One Hundred Peaks” are in Taroko National Park. The widest river, the Liwu cuts its way through spell-binding gorges in the lower reaches of the park.
Easiest access is via the coastal city of Hualien.
Jaw-dropping access from the mountainous inland section takes some deft changes of bus. If Sun Moon Lake is on your plans, strap yourself in. This is the road that made me want to visit Taiwan.