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    Sioulin Township, Hualien County, 972 , Taiwan (R.O.C.)

The Shakadang Trail (砂卡噹步道), also known as “Mysterious Valley Trail” is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise water strewn with imposing marble boulders. Like Lushui Trail, Shakadang Trail is suitable for all ages and definitely worth a visit if you adore natural landscapes. The entrance to the trail is located at the exit of Shakadang Tunnel and includes a parking lot and bathroom facilities.

In contrast with the wild and violent Liwu River, the Shakadang Stream flows much more gently. Along the path, you may notice local Taiwanese tourists dipping their feet in the water. In these areas, water slows to a crawl and forms small pools shallow enough to wade through. Be ready for a tickle though! If you're lucky, small fish traveling the length of the stream will stop at your bare feet for a nibble. Not to worry, this is more like a free foot exfoliation, as the fish look for dead skin to enjoy.

Back on the path, head further upstream and you'll be treated to something unique: the Shakadang Trail passes through a Truku tribal village. Though entry into their reservation is prohibited, a small market is open to visitors and features local artisans and food vendors welcoming you to sample some indigenous delights.

Though an easy walk (roughly 2 hours round trip, little elevation change), make sure to watch your head when passing under overhanging rock faces.

Notice:

Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty in Taroko National Park. Rocks can be slippery when wet and playing in water is at your own risk.

Due to the destruction caused by Typhoon Saola in 2012, the scenery of Shakadang Trail was severely damaged and most of the crystal-clear turquoise water was filled by landslides. The good news, however, is that the scenery has improved after half a year of self-recovery. The amazing capacity of nature for both creation and destruction can truly be felt while walking this trail.

Notice

    1. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty in Taroko National Park. Rocks can be slippery when wet and playing in water is at your own risk.
    2. Due to the destruction caused by Typhoon Saola in 2012, the scenery of Shakadang Trail was severely damaged and most of the crystal-clear turquoise water was filled by landslides. The good news, however, is that the scenery has improved after half a year of self-recovery. The amazing capacity of nature for both creation and destruction can truly be felt while walking this trail.

Hualien - Wow ! Taroko

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