Sioulin Township, Hualien County, 972 , Taiwan (R.O.C.)
The Eternal Spring Shrine (長春祠) was built in 1958 to commemorate the 212 workers who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Its unique location recessed into the side of the mountain and Tang Dynasty architectural style makes this shrine one of the most famous scenic spots in Taroko National Park. Natural spring water empties into the Liwu River below through the front of the shrine, giving it a surreal look, as if it were actually pouring forth from the heavens above. This is the Eternal Spring Waterfall and makes for an ideal photo opportunity
In 1987, the cliff by the river collapsed and destroyed the old pavilion next to the Eternal Spring Shrine. It was reconstructed and opened to the public again in 1997.
Typically, it takes 20 minutes to make the walk through mountain tunnels to reach the shrine. However, if you would like to challenge yourself, there is a 2.2km long trail behind the shrine with steep stairs called the “sky ladder”, leading to Guanyin Cave, Taroko Tower, and the Bell Tower. This trail leads to a suspension bridge and eventually to Changuang Temple. The trail and associated scenic spots and temple offer a spectacular canyon view and a chance to appreciate the hard work and sacrifices engineers and construction workers made generations before.
1. The trail leading to Guanyin Cave, Taroko Tower, and the Bell Tower is slippery on rainy days. Please be careful of your footing when hiking.