A trail to a waterfall

I reached Tianxiang within Taroko National Park, and headed out of the tiny village towards the Baiyang Trail. In spite of being in a mountainous region, the trail was flat and only a little over two kilometres one way. The challenge was its eight unlit tunnels, one in particular that was difficult unless you had a flashlight.

Baiyang Trail, Taroko National Park
One of the tunnels along the Baiyang Trail, Taroko National Park

I reached Baiyang Waterfall, also known as Tglaq Dowras in Taroko language, meaning cliff top waterfall that flowed into the Tacijili River. On the suspension bridge there was a clear view of the falls as it cascaded from one level to the next.

Baiyang Waterfall and suspension bridge
Baiyang Waterfall suspension bridge

At the end of the trail was Water Curtain Cave. During construction on the Liwu River Hydroelectric Station, an aquifer in the rock was accidently hit. This caused water to gush from the roof of the tunnel. I stepped onto the wet, unlit narrow pathway with the sound of rushing water at my feet. I only ventured about twenty metres inside because, unlike some of the other visitors, I hadn’t brought a raincoat.

Baiyang Trail, Taroko National Park
The level Baiyang Trail

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