Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)

Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)

Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)
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  • ianwyj
    Singapore5,201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably the most popular segment of the Taroko Gorge region
    If you've made it to the Taroko Gorge, then you would probably have visited the Swallow Grotto. It's the most dramatic, and the most popular, area of the various natural sights in the region. It's also the highlight of the Yanzhikou Trail which runs parallel to the Liwu River. Over many thousands of years, the river carved the high bluff cliffs and the many natural holes in the cliff walls that were used by swallows as the sites of their nests, hence the name of the grotto. The trail also featured the Indian Chief in the Gorge rock formation (which wasn't very obvious but thankfully, there was a sign nearby to point it out) as well as the Jinheng Bridge that was named for a local supervisor who died during the construction of Taiwan's cross-island highway. As with other visitors who were there, we donned hard hats (provided at the start of the trail) to protect against unpredictable rock falls. Part of the old highway is now incorporated into the tourist trail, so some care should be exercised when walking the trail due to adjacent car traffic.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 June 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,955 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of the Taroko trails we visited
    The trail close to Buluowan runs along the side of the old road overlooking the Liwu river. It has been closed for a period due to landslips but is now fully open again. For anyone self-driving, there is parking available along the side of the road which is a one-way route. It is also accessible by bus although services are limited (six per day during the week, eight at weekends) and a there is a cafe selling drinks and snacks. Although not particularly long, there are great views of the spectacular gorge and the eroded valley sides plus the gushing river far below. Walking is on the old road parallel to the new tunnel. Much of the trail is under cover due to tunnelling and overhanging rocks so care is needed.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must, So Beautiful!
    I spent a day at Taroko Gorge and everything here was amazing. Swallow Grotto was definitely a highlight. The landscape is so dramatic and beautiful. Pick up your hard hats and watch out for falling rock. The views anywhere along this area are spectacular. There was even a cafe that served great coffee and snacks. Highly recommended
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I spent a day at Taroko Gorge and everything here was amazing. Swallow Grotto was definitely a highlight. The landscape is so dramatic and beautiful. Pick up your hard hats and watch out for falling rock. The views anywhere along this area are spectacular. There was even a cafe that served great coffee and snacks. Highly recommended
Written 8 March 2024
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The trail close to Buluowan runs along the side of the old road overlooking the Liwu river. It has been closed for a period due to landslips but is now fully open again. For anyone self-driving, there is parking available along the side of the road which is a one-way route. It is also accessible by bus although services are limited (six per day during the week, eight at weekends) and a there is a cafe selling drinks and snacks.
Although not particularly long, there are great views of the spectacular gorge and the eroded valley sides plus the gushing river far below. Walking is on the old road parallel to the new tunnel. Much of the trail is under cover due to tunnelling and overhanging rocks so care is needed.
Written 23 November 2023
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ianwyj
Singapore5,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you've made it to the Taroko Gorge, then you would probably have visited the Swallow Grotto. It's the most dramatic, and the most popular, area of the various natural sights in the region. It's also the highlight of the Yanzhikou Trail which runs parallel to the Liwu River. Over many thousands of years, the river carved the high bluff cliffs and the many natural holes in the cliff walls that were used by swallows as the sites of their nests, hence the name of the grotto. The trail also featured the Indian Chief in the Gorge rock formation (which wasn't very obvious but thankfully, there was a sign nearby to point it out) as well as the Jinheng Bridge that was named for a local supervisor who died during the construction of Taiwan's cross-island highway. As with other visitors who were there, we donned hard hats (provided at the start of the trail) to protect against unpredictable rock falls. Part of the old highway is now incorporated into the tourist trail, so some care should be exercised when walking the trail due to adjacent car traffic.
Written 3 June 2023
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MizuhoK
Hino, Japan3,305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
There’re several holes on rocks. They look like swallows can rest inside. Grand view of nature. You are asked to wear helmet.
Written 23 March 2023
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Richy303
Shanghai, China57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We organised a guided trip here which is advisable as to see the best parts some walking is involved, some parts require PPE and you get so much more out of it this way. We found ours through Trip.com. Felt we were really luck to see this part of Taiwan, Such a beautiful place.
Written 29 July 2022
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Daniel L
Laguna Niguel, CA219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
This was our kids' first trip to Taroko National Park, so we had to visit the Swallow Trail. The trail used to be the main road; however, now it's the pathway for tourists. The path is easy to walk and gorgeous. I can only speak for the view today, in the winter time, but slight overcast gave it a Chinese painting feel. We had young kids with us, but I suggest taking your time and enjoy the sight and sounds. Mostly enjoy the sight and quiet.
Written 3 February 2021
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This trail is included in most tour itineraries for Taroko Gorge. It is easy to walk along the road and you need to wear a helmet. You can see the caves in the cliffs where the swallows nest. Didn't see any swallow though. Very beautiful scenery with the river below, steep cliffs and caves.
Written 21 October 2020
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Jessie L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The view was MAGNIFICENT! Hiking in Taroko Gorge while listening to the river flowing was such a dream come true. Although we were walking along "almost vertical cliffs", it's quite safe. The road was well paved and handrails were built along the trail. Oh also, it's mandatory to wear helmet!
Written 20 October 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Swallow Grotto (Yanzihkou Trail) is in the Taroko National Park area. It is one of the best places to view Taroko Gorge, many famous pictures have been taken of Swallow Grotto. The swallows have been roosting in these caves for thousands of years. Don't miss Swallor Grotto, it's probably the best observation point in the Taroko National Park.
Written 12 September 2020
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Queenie
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The view was stunning. But it was not really a trail: very flat and well paved road, so much shorter than I expected
Written 30 August 2020
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