If you have a free day in Hualien or Taipei and look for an adventure, the Zhuiliu Old Trail is highly recommended as it offers a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the largest marble gorge in the world. You will appreciate scenic views of massive marble cliffs six hundred meters above sea level, and learn about interesting stories about Japanese and local aborigines that once lived on this trial. Permits are required in this tour and admission permits could be guaranteed if signing up as soon as possible due to a 96-slot daily capacity limit.
You will be picked up in the hotel in Hualien City between 7:30 am and 8:30 am and Hualien Train Station or Hualien Airport are acceptable for pickup, as well. Your tour guide will ensure that you are appropriately dressed for the trail before heading down to a convenience store to get last minute necessities, such as water, snacks, lunch that you might need or wish to enjoy along the hike.
At the starting point, you will be greeted by a beautiful suspension bridge which is not accessible if without a permit. The total distance of the hike is 6.2km (3.1km one way). The first thirty minutes of the hike is the most arduous as it spans 1.0km of steep steps before we pit-stop at the old Japanese military outpost. Along the way, you can expect to see some wildlife such as exotic birds, monkeys, and mountain goats. You will continue to hike for another two hours before reaching the most spectacular part of the trail: the Zhuliu giantic cliff. This part of the trail offers the most stunning, spectacular paranomic view of the Taroko Gorge. Imagine yourself looking down from the top of Taipei 101(Taiwan’s tallest building), only this is different, as you take in the scenery before you and have the magnificent marble-walled canyon of Taroko beneath your feet. Be amazed and thoroughly in awe of the five-hundred meters long Zhuliu marble cliff’s beauty, charting for yourself one of the greatest hiking experience of a lifetime!
You will have your lunch at the Cliff Outpost with an amazing view. After lunch, you will take the same route back to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, your tour guide will take you back to Hualien City to enjoy a meal at a seventy-year-old Wonton soup shop at your own cost before dropping you off at Hualien train station. If you wish to browse around the night market after the tour, your tour guide can drop you at night market area for free as well.