Price Summary (in New Taiwanese Dollars)
Train Ticket from Taipei to Xincheng per person = 311 or 403 (one way); 622 to 806 (round trip)
(price depends on express or ordinary train)
Taxi Rental (4 hours round trip to Xincheng Station) = 2500
|Entrance to Taroko Gorge.
|One of the bridges in the park.
|View of one of the ravines.
As my mum and I had only a couple of days together in Taiwan before coming back to Korea, and I knew she would have more luggage, I didn't want to find another place to stay in Hualien, despite the recommendations to try out the nightmarket and other sites within the city. That being said, we opted to do a round trip from Taipei but instead of booking a company tour, we did it on our own. I think you can technically buy train tickets the day of, but one of my new friends helped me reserve seats a couple nights before just in case they sold out. We booked our train tickets to Xincheng (this stop is closer to Taroko Gorge than Hualien).
Because I wanted to make sure we got the most of our day, we were on the earliest train (7:08) and we arrived at the Taroko around 10 in the morning.
|Eternal Spring Shine from a distance.
My mum and I were originally thinking of taking the bus. One of my friends did it a couple weeks ago and said it wasn't too bad and that they still were able to see a lot of the park. When we went, the forecast predicted thundershowers and as we weren't planning on spending a lot of money on other parts of our trip, we decided to splurge and use a taxi for the day. The taxis are waiting right at the station and the first we approached had a laminated sign with English. Listed were different day-trip options along with prices for one-way vs a round trip. My mum and I chose the 4 hour round trip.
|Don't forget a hard hat!
|When we rounded a corner and gasped in surprise, our taxi driver pulled over and told us he'd meet us up ahead.
|The storm, coming over the mountains.
And now you're in the know.
Love and Hugs.