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Dali Datong Villages: A Hike Worth Doing Every Year to See the Paradise in Eastern Taiwan

Posted by:  Anusha Lee
Published date: March 16, 2021
Updated on: May 6, 2021
Dali Datong infographic
Dali Datong infographic
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Table of Contents:

About Dali and Datong Villages and Shakadang Trail

How to Get There

Peaks and Places to Reach

Day 1: A Trail with the Stunning Mountain Views and the Cutest Old Church

Day 2: Enjoy Breakfast with the Most Stunning View. Later An Unfortunate Accident.

Thoughts about this Hike: A Trail worth to Visit Every Year

Map and Itinerary

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About Dali and Datong Villages and Shakadang Trail

Dali 大禮部落 and Datong Villages 大同部落 are located in the tablelands between Shakadang River and Mt. Qingshui 清水大山 in Sioulin Township 秀林鄉, Hualien 花蓮縣, and are preserved areas for indigenous Truku people. Some parts of those villages are so remote that they can only be reached on foot, and others can be reached by small farm vehicles. The trail of Dali and Datong is the only one connected to the outside world.
Dali and Datong Villages are surrounded by epic mountains.
The old name of Dali Village was Huhus (or Xoxos) meaning the sounds made by snakes, and Datong Village was called Skadang, meaning molar. Villagers have to rely on pulley to carry their goods and things for daily life, which costs NT$6,000 (around US$215, EUR178) per trip. Otherwise, they have to carry those things on foot. Life isn’t easy for them, but this simple life gives them the most stunning nature in return.
Please don’t get confused Shakadang Forestry Road 砂卡礑林道 with Shakadang Trail 砂卡礑步道. The latter one is much easier to hike and can be a standalone trail for small children to enjoy, too. The mountains, Shakadang River and plants on the trail are amazing. The teal color of Shakadang River is so vibrant and mesmerizing that you can just sit there all day.
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Shakadang Trail is a very relaxing and easy trail to hike.

How to Get There

Before you go, you need to check whether the trails are open for the public to hike. Sometimes, the trails are closed due to the landslide or other reasons.
  1. 1. You can take Ropo Bus 302 at Xincheng Train Station 新城火車站 and get off at Taroko Visitor Center 太魯閣遊客中心.
  2. 2. Or take Hualien Bus 1133, 1126, or 1141 from Hualien Train Station and get off at Swallow Cave Stop. Please note that those buses will stop in downtown Hualien City, which will take longer to arrive at Taroko Visitor Center. You can also take Hualien Bus 1133A to Taroko Visitor Center, because it will bypass Hualien downtown and get to your destination at least 30 minutes faster depending on the traffic.
  3. 3. The fastest bus to get to Taroko Visitor Center is Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus 台灣好行 Taroko Route 310 at Hualien Train Station.

Peaks and Places to Reach

Mt. Liwu: 立霧山, height 1,274 meters (4,180 feet) also listed as a Xiao Baiyue 小百岳. There’s a Class 2 Triangulation Stone, but no views on the peak.
Sapah Tadaw Mawna: 達道的家, at the height of 1,100 meters (3,609 feet) is not a peak, but you shouldn’t miss this place. This is a B&B located on a tableland overlooking the most epic valleys and mountains in eastern Taiwan. There's hot water for you to take a hot shower, but no hair dryer, because they need the solar power for the essential appliances.
You can choose to share the big bed with other hikers indoors or stay inside a tent provided by them. The cost includes two meals (breakfast and dinner). The latest price for each person is NT$1,500 (US$54, EUR44). There's some internet access. It’s better to make a phone call to book your stay at least 2 weeks in advance.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I can declare Sapah Tadaw Mawna is my favorite hotel in Taiwan.
See the map and itinerary first

Day 1: A Trail with the Stunning Mountain Views and the Cutest Old Church

GPS coordinates of the trailhead: 24.15887, 121.62157
We visited Dali and Datong Villages in summer. We stayed at a hotel in Xincheng Hualien for one night and headed to Taroko Visitor Center at 7 am. For some unknown reasons, my legs cramped when I got up.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Xincheng is a small peaceful town in Hualien.

Start the Hike with Hot, Beautiful Weather and Cramped Legs

By the time We arrived at Taroko Visitor Center around 8 am, my legs were still cramped. But I was happy to see we had gorgeous weather.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
It was qiiet at Taroko Visitor Center in the early morning.
After going to the toilet and getting ready, we took a stair close to the toilet, and this stair connected to Dekalun Trail. According to the map, there were three ways to get up to Shakadang Forestry Road, but we took the rugged one, because we are hikers and we enjoy challenges.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Dekalun Trail is close the toilet at Taroko Visitor Center.
Dekalun Trail wasn’t long, around 1.3 km (0.8 miles), and then we reached a very steep slope. My cramped legs still gave me a hard time, and I had to stop several times to massage them, which made my hike much slower. Our guide told me to take salt to relieve the condition, and it helped a little bit. Luckily, my cramp wasn’t too serious. I've seen a female hiker who suffered a very bad cramp, and she sat on the trail screaming because of the pain.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
There were several steep slopes on this section.

A Pulley Relay Station with the Amazing View

After some steep slopes, we reached the pulley station 流籠中繼站 and took a break. This was such a wonderful spot to take a break. We walked to the edge of the station and we could see Taroko Visitor Center, Liwu River, and the infamous cement factory that was located on the barren hill.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The view from the pulley station was amazing. You can see the roof of Taroko Visitor Center at the right bottom corner in this photo.
I turned to the mountains to see where the pulley went. It went all the way up to the somewhere on the hilltop. The pulley or cableway used to transport logs. The logging industry had been active for more than 100 years in Taiwan before it came to a halt when government issued the ban of virgin forest logging in 1990. However, illegal loggings still happen from time to time, and this is another story to tell.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
This pulley carries on serving the local people.
But this pulley still carries on its job to transport the goods for the local people dutifully. I realized later that this pulley was the main lifeline for the villagers to transport food and daily necessities. Life is still not easy for many people.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
This pulley station is a great spot to take a break.

Entered Dali Trail with A Flatter Terrain

After the break, we continued our hike. Dekalun Trail ended here, and the trail conditions were slightly better. Most of the trails from Dekalun and Dali Trails were covered with shade, but the humidity and heat were still too much in summer.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The trail condition became better after the pulley station.
There were signs warning about the risks of wasps and snakes. We didn’t have many typhoons coming to Taiwan in 2020, and many wasp nests remained intact, which led to many hikers being stung on the trails in different parts of Taiwan. It’s definitely not fun to have a close encounter with those tiny warriors.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
We could see Qixing Lake 七星潭 near Hualien City and the chopped hill left by the cement factory from the trail.
When we finally reached to the flatter part of Dali Trail, we saw Chongde Automatic Repeater Station 氣象局雨量測報系統崇德中繼站, a machine to collect precipitation information. We took a break here and obviously this part could be accessed by two-wheeled vehicles. My cramped legs felt better since the hike was not that steep.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Chongde Automatic Repeater Station on Shakadang Foresty Road, which can be accessed by scooters.

The Cutest Old Church with the Most Spectacular Valley View

We hiked a little further and saw a fork with a big and two smaller signs telling us that we were about to enter Dali Village, or Huhus, the old name of Dali Village in Truku meaning the sound made by snakes or a place with many snakes.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
We turned left to go downhill here.
This detour took us down to Dali Church. Before reaching the church, we passed some houses that seemed to have people living there and an old, discharged police station. There was a sign explaining the brief history of this area.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The old police station at Dali Village surrounded by the amazing mountains.
Around 1980, Dali villagers moved to Minle Community 民樂社區 near Taroko, and many houses were abandoned ever since. Lucky for us, we still got to see them standing on the hills.
I was intrigued by the history of this village, but I had a hard time to concentrate on the stories told on the sign, because I couldn’t take my eyes off the mountains around here.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The breathtaking views at Dali Village
We continued to go downhill and saw a sign pointing to our destination. We made one more turn and I almost let out a shriek when I saw it: an unassuming little gray house which was the perfect match to the stunning valley view.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Dali Church, the cutest church I've ever seen and I fell in love with it right away.
I forgot about the heat and my cramped legs and walked as fast as I could to get close to this tiny church. I left my backpack under a tree and took a walk around the church. It was bigger than I thought, and the front door was locked.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I couldn't wait to explore this church and its surroundings.
There was a sign saying that hikers could camp here for NT$150 (US$5.4, EUR4.4) per person per night. I couldn't help but imagine the starry sky I could see at night here. After I was satisfied, I got back to the tree and had my lunch while enjoying the valley and mountains with the fluffy clouds floating in the bright blue sky.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
You can bring your own tent and camp here.
The views here were so epic that I have to share several photos here.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Such a wonderful place.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The front door of this cute church
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The best view to enjoy my lunch
Later I found some old photos of Daling Church when the tree in front of the church was still small. It had all grown up when I visited it in July 2020.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I found this old photo of Dali Church when I visited Taroko again a few months later. The tree in front of the church was still a baby.
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Back to Shakadang Forestry Road and Hike to Mt. Liwu

After our lunch break, we took the same trail back to Shakadang Forestry Road and saw a fork. The trail from the fork was called Tongli Trail 同禮步道, which could take you to Datong Village.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The trail on the left can take you to Datong Village
Soon we saw a hut covered by plastic tarp and met a couple cooking their lunch. They were very friendly and told us that we could draw water or wash our faces from the faucet. If you camp at Dali Church, you can come here to draw water, which was around 25 minutes from the church.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
You can find a faucet to fetch water at this hut.
Back to the forestry road, we reached a big white cliff wall. There was no plant growing on this cliff wall, and we could see the beautiful white color. We waited here for a few minutes for other hiking mates to catch up, which also gave me a few more minutes to admire this cliff wall.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
A beautiful white cliff wall
The mountains in the distance were gorgeous.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Seeing those gorgeous mountains was a great distraction to endure the summer heat on this trail.
Finally, we reached the fork we’d been striving for, the trail to Mt. Liwu with height of 1,274 meters (4,180 feet). The round trip from the fork to the summit of Mt. Liwu was around 70 minutes, but some of our guides and hikers decided not to go. I knew why later.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Finally, we reached this fork to hike Mt. Liwu.
I was expecting to see the magnificent views from the top of the summit. The trail was much steeper than Shakadang Forestry Road, the woods was quite dense, and the terrains were very rugged. When I finally got to the peak, I realized that we could barely find enough space to take group photos.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
No view on Mt. Liwu peak
I have to say I was quite disappointed, but this trail still gave me something wonderful to remember before reaching the peak. I found Calanthe sylvatica 長距根節蘭, a native orchid in Taiwan. Those amazing flowers just stood out of the dense trees, and I took many photos of them.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I found Calanthe sylvatica before reaching Mt. Liwu peak, and this was a great delight.

Everything was Paid off and Everything was Perfect

After this, we still had some small hills to climb to get to our destination for the day. I took the last steep hill feeling defeated, but then the things in front of my eyes made me feel like being born again. I forget the heat, my cramped legs, almost everything:
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I was so overwhelmed to see this epic view at Sapah Tadaw Mawna. The peak on the left was Mt. Qianliyan and the pointed one on its left was Big Mt. Qingshui. The peak of Mt. Sanjiaozhui was covered by clouds.
I ran to the edge of the front yard at Sapah Tadaw Mawna 達道的家, our B&B for that night, trying to absorb the views presenting in front of me as much as possible: the clouds, the lights, the sky, and Mt. Qianliyan 千里眼山 on my right, the pointed Big Mt. Qingshui 清水大山, the almost triangular Mt. Sanjiaozhui 三角錐山, 2,607 meters (8,553 feet) in the middle, and other mountains I couldn't remember. Everything was perfect!
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Mt. Ta 塔山, 2,448 meters (8,031 feet) on the left. It's an extremely challenging mountain with 2,000-meter ascending and descending.
Our guides told us there was rock platform nearby. I abandoned my backpack and ran over there. Some of our hiking mates were already there. My timing was perfect. There was a beam of sunlight breaking through the clouds and pointing at a small tableland in the distance.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I can't find words to describe this.
Waiting impatiently for my fellow hikers to finish their photo taking, I could feel my heart was going to explode with joy and gratitude, even though the magic beam of light disappeared within a few minutes.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
God's light spilling through the top of Mt. Sanjiaozhui and on the tiny tableland
After spending enough time on the rock platform, I got back to the house to take a look at the place we were going to stay. You can stay inside the house or at the tents. This was a humble looking place, but I think it was a perfect match to the surroundings. We didn’t need a fancy man-made building to destroy this amazing landscape.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
You can stay indoors or camp at the yard.
There was a bench on the edge of the yard. I sat there watching the sky changing its colors again. It was getting dark and the setting sun turned the clouds red. I can’t find another word to describe what I saw. It was just perfect.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The setting sun still casted its magic to make us in awe.
Needless to say, the starry sky was awaiting us in the evening. My small camera wasn’t able to pick up the stars, but it didn’t matter.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The sun set behind Mt. Sanjiaozhui. Still speechless when seeing this.

Day 2: Enjoy Breakfast with the Most Stunning View. Later An Unfortunate Accident.

We got up very early to a cliff nearby to see the sunrise. Although the weather was cloudy, we still managed to see some stunning colors from the sky.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
It was cloudy when we went to Mt. Liwu deck to see the sunrise.

The Best Breakfast

But when we were on our way back to the house, we saw Mt. Sanjiaozhui bathing in the early sun, which gave us a totally different look from what we saw yesterday.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Mt. Sanjiaozhui presented a different look in the morning sun.
Not just this, by the time we got back, we were lucky enough to take the best table to have the breakfast. Our breakfast was tasteful. The owners of this house carried all the ingredients up there, which made the food taste even more special. The view in front of us made me feel humble even more.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The best breakfast location I've ever had.
The name of this place belonged to the tribal chief, Tadaw Grandpa 達道爺爺, but sadly he passed away in 2018 at the age of 83. His son and daughter in law took over this place to provide a temporary home for hikers. They were as friendly as Tadaw Grandpa, and they could tell you all the peaks you could see there. But my short memories can't remember all of them.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Our super friendly host with a lovely shy smile
Before we left, we explored this area again and took even more photos. I felt sad to leave here so soon, but I promised myself that I will come back again.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Our wonderful guides helped us have this amazing trip.

Sakadan Village like a Fairy Tale

We got back to Shakadang Forestry Road again. The trail was pleasant and flat to hike. We reached a fork with a sign saying Sakadan (Shakadang) Village 砂卡礑部落 after 50 minutes.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Heading to another beautiful village
We left our backpacks here and took that direction to Sakadan Village. We passed through beautiful bamboo woods and the landscape opened up. We arrived at Sakadan Village.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
My hiking mates did a little dance on the passage
This village was located in the valley and it looked like it was hugged by the lovely mountains.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Another place I wish to visit someday.
I saw a big red sign pointing to the direction to Mt. Qianliyan. Our guide told us that this was the trail to Mt. Qianliyan and Big Mt. Qingshui. They looked so close from here.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Mt. Qianliyan is also on my to-hike list.
I took a short walk and decided to get up to the grass hill. I sat down, watching the mountains and clouds in the distance. It was for sure that this place would never disappoint you.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
It was so relaxing just sitting there watching the clouds and the mountains.

Started the Challenging Hike but an Unfortunate Accident Happened

After the happy detour to visit Sakadan Village, we got back to the trail. From there, the trail terrain become rugged again and there were many fallen rock slopes. Our guides reminded us to take our time and there was no need to rush.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The trail became rugged and we had to pass some slopes covered with fallen rocks.
Just after we passed the second big slope, a female hiker who was a few meters behind me and was still on the slope suddenly sat down. Then, she spitted out the thing that was every hiker’s nightmare: I think I just broke my leg.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
This was the slope where the accident happened.
Our guides rushed to her side to check her condition. When one female guide tried to touch her leg to access her condition, the injured hiker yelped in pain. I couldn’t see much from the place I stood, and we waited there patiently. Our guides decided to call 112 for help. I think we waited there at least one hour.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
We waited here for a long time to see how to help our injured hiking mate.
Two guides stayed with the injured hiker waiting for the rescue team to come. The other two guides took us back to our hired bus. Everyone was still in shock and kept reminding each other to be cautious. There were several some rocky and steep hills to pass, and we all tried to stay alert as much as we could. The distance from the injured hiker's location to the trailhead was around 6 km.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Our hiking mate broke her leg about 2 km before reaching Sanjian wu, and it was 4.4 km to go from Sanjianwu to our bus.
Then, we reached Sanjianwu 三間屋, which was the end of the steep hike and we had our lunch break. While having my food, I saw the first arrival of two rescue team members riding their scooters. Although the trail was flat after Sanjianwu, the uneven trail terrain still made their scooter ride difficult, which means the rest of the team had to get to there on foot.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The first recuse team members had arrived at Sanjianwu by scooter.
After lunch break, we continued the 4.4-km hike to reach the parking lot at Taroko Visitor Center. Now, we were on Sakadang Trail, not the challenging forestry road.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Shakadang Trail is a very beautiful trail to hike.
If it weren’t the accident, Sakadang Trail would be a very pleasant trail to enjoy. But we were still in a somber mood because of the accident. Long before we reached the parking lot, it started raining, and I was soaking wet. Compared to our injured mate, being soaking wet seemed not a big deal. At least, we made it back to our bus safely.

Thoughts about this Trail: A Trail worth to Visit Every Year

This is a truly amazing trail to hike, and visiting Sapah Tadaw Mawna is definitely worth visiting every year.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
I still think about this place from time to time.
There are many options to enjoy your stay in this place. 1. Stay in Hualien for one night and get to Taroko Visitor Center to start your hike and stay at Sapah Tadaw Mawna for another night. If I have enough time, I’d love to stay there at least for 2 nights.
Taroko Entrance Gate
You can find several hotels near at the famous Taroko Entrance Gate near Taroko Visitor Center.
2. Stay one night at Dali Church for one night and head to Sapah Tadaw Mawna for another. Please remember to contact and pay in advance for your stay at Dali Church. But you will need to carry your own tent and sleeping bag.
3. Spend your first night at Sapah Tadaw Mawna and your second at Sakadang Village. There are some B&B like Rainbow House 彩虹屋 to stay.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
There are several B&B at Dali and Datong Villages for you to stay.
As to how to get back to Taroko Visitor Center, I will take the same trail back to the parking lot instead of making a loop hike, which will be easier. If you want to hike Big Mt. Qingshui, you will need to apply for permits. If you still want to hike from Sapah Tadaw Mawna to Sanjianwu, you need to check whether this section is closed before you go.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
The section between Dali Village and Sanjianwu is more challenging and not suitable for everyone.
There are many hiking trails in Taiwan, but I haven’t got a chance to explore those remote ones in Hualien and Taitung. After Dali and Datong Villages, my goal is to hike Shakadang Tree Heros 砂卡礑三雄: Big Mt. Qingshui 清水大山 with height of 2,408 meters (7,900 feet), Mt. Liwu 立霧山 with height of 1,274 meters (4,180 feet), Mt. Qianliyan 千里眼山 with height of 1,624 meters (5,828 feet). Hopefully, I will get to do this soon.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
There are so many amazing trails in eastern Taiwan.
If you prefer a more relaxing hike, Shakadang Trail is for you. I’ve been this trail several times, and I can always find something new on this trail.
Dali and Datong Villages and Trails: Place worth to visit every year to see the most epic mountains in the East Taiwan
Shakadang Trail is also a wonderful trail to hike.
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Map and Itinerary

Group Hike or Solo Hike: Group hike with Taiwan Mountain LOHAS Association (LOHAS)

Date of Hike: July 18 - 19, 2020

Route map for Datong Dali Tribe Hike - Day 1 by Anusha Lee on plotaroute.com

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Day 1: based on my hike on July 18, 2020

07:53 Arrived at Taroko Visitor Center
08:16 Started the hike
08:33 Reached a fork and went uphill
09:27 Reached the pulley station and took a break
09:45 Resumed the hike
10:52 Passed the sign of 1.4k to Dali Village
11:16 Reached Chongde Automatic Repeater Station
11:32 Reached the fork to Dali Village
11:43 Passed the discharged police station
11:48 Arrived at Dali Church and had a lunch break
12:46 Resumed the hike
13:14 Passed the hut and the faucet
13:39 Reached the white cliff and waited for the rest hiking mates
14:11 Reached at the fork to Mt. Liwu, Sapah Tadaw Mawna, and Sakadan Village. Rested for 15 minutes
14:30 Reached the trailhead of Mt. Liwu
15:13 Reached the peak of Mt. Liwu
15:57 Back to the fork and headed to Sapah Tadaw Mawna
16:18 Saw the sign of Sapah Tadaw Mawna and went uphill
16:23 Arrived at Sapah Tadaw Mawna
Total time: 8 hours 30 minutes, including long breaks

Day 2: based on my hike on July 19, 2020

04:28 Headed to Mt. Liwu deck to see the sunrise
04:51 Arrived at Mt. Liwu deck and waited for the sunrise
06:01 Back to Sapah Tadaw Mawna
06:59 Breakfast
08:08 Left Sapah Tadaw Mawna
08:23 Back to the fork and took the one to Sakadan Village
09:10 Arrived at Rainbow House and looked around
09:30 Left Sakadan Village
09:38 Back to the fork and headed to Sanjianwu
10:06 Reached the sign of "2.2k to Shakadang Trail and Sanjianwu"
10:23 Passed the first fallen rock slope
10:44 Passed the sign of "1.2k to Sanjianwu" and the second fallen rock slope
10:50 Hiking mate broke her leg and we waited
11:40 Resumed the hike
12:16 Reached Sanjianwu and had a lunch break
13:20 Left Sanjianwu and took Shakadang Trail
14:21 Reached Wujianwu and took a short break. 1.5k left to the trailhead
14:51 Reached the trailhead of Shakadang Trail and bridge
15:11 Arrived at Taroko Visitor Center
Total time: 7 hours 3 minutes, including long breaks

Recommended Blogs and Resources:

Chinese only:
Hiking Biji: Datong and Dali Village Trail 大禮大同步道
Sapah Tadaw Mawna, Mt. Liwu, Datong and Dali Villages and Shakadang 達道的家、立霧山、大同大禮步道、砂卡礑步道
English posts:
Datong Village - The Mountains Above Taroko
An unforgettable trip to Dali and Datong in eastern Taiwan
Dali-Datong Trail

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