Taroko National Park’s Jiuqudong Trail or Tunnel of Nine Turns was a close up view of the Liwu River and Taroko Gorge. The gorge was formed over 200 million years ago by the earth’s crust rising and the river eroding to form a gorge. Limestone was formed, but from high temperatures and pressure, it metamorphosed into marble.
The trail had once been part of the Central Cross-Island Highway, but after the route was altered it became a hiking trail. Half way along the path at the waterfall the Kelan River joined the Liwu.
The Tunnel of Nine Turns had a number of faults which might explain why, when I first researched Taroko National Park, this section had been closed to the public. Fortunately, by the time I arrived in November last year, I was able to experience its beauty and feel the power of the wind at the point where the gorge was at its narrowest.