The cool autumn is the best season to run in Taroko Gorge and admire the spectacular scenery. On November 7 Taroko International Marathon, the world’s only gorge marathon, was held for the tenth year, attracting thousands of runners to savor the unique experience of running amongst Hualian’s magnificent mountain and river scenery. Not only does the marathon attract runners from all over the world every year, it also introduces the world to the beauty of Hualian and Taroko Gorge.
The government has prepared a special budget of 3.24 billion dollars of 2009 for “The Special Act for Expanding Investment in Public Works to Revitalize the Economy -- Expanding Sanitary Sewer Construction Plan”. This act has reached a high degree of consensus in political parties of the Legislative Yuan. After deliberating about the motion and deleting a small amount of budget, the motion has been passed on April,
After a series of rock falls injured visitors, Taroko National Park Headquarters plans to carry out trail rock fall protection measures along Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turn) Trail. To allow these trials to go ahead and give the rock time to stabilize afterwards, Taroko National Park Headquarters has decided to close Jiuqudong Trail until June 30 and requests the understanding of visitors. During the period Jiuqudong Trail is closed visitors can still enjoy the beauty of Taroko Gorge at Swallow Grotto (Yanzihkou), Liufang Bridge, Cimu (Motherly Devotion) Bridge and other places.
In order to promote the environmental education and uplift people’s artistic accomplishments, Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters is hosting the “Exhibition of Tang Ruen-ching’s Ceramic Art—Representation of the Beauty of the Taiwan National Treasure” at Wenshui Visitor Center from October to December 31. All of you are welcome to visit here and take a look.
Combining nature and music, the Taroko Gorge Music Festival has a unique style. Since it was established in 2002, the festival has become one of east Taiwan’s important music activities. Every year the festival attracts a large number people who love both nature and music and who, through a dialogue between music and nature, feel the harmony between human and nature.
In the recently announced first visitor-friendly city/county ratings produced by Tourism Bureau, MOTC and Global Views Monthly Magazine, Taroko National Park, representing Hualien County, was first overall in the natural scenery category and, in the same category, also won first place for environmental cleanliness.
National Parks stand for a symbol of natural and cultural legacies. In Taiwan, there are seven national parks occupying 10 percent of the island’s total territory. These seven national parks represent a variety of landscapes, ecological environment and cultural resources, that have gained global reputation.
In addition to being famous the world over for its gorge topography, Taroko National Park is also blessed with rich culture and history. Many people know about the Taroko tribe, but, in fact, other people actually settled in the area long before the Taroko tribe.
After carrying out assessment work, Taroko National Park Headquarters decided to open Old Jhuilu Road, which crosses Jhuilu Cliff in Taroko Gorge, to visitors on a trail basis. Applications to enter the trail will be accepted from July 19. Visitor numbers will be limited to 48 people a day and 72 at weekends and on holidays.
Walking on the trails is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Taroko National Park. To allow the public to participate in park trail management and maintenance, the park HQ has opened up trails for adoption by public groups.
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