Tien Hsiang (天祥) is one of the tourist spots at Taroko Gorge National Park (太鲁阁国家公园) that also function as a river terrace recreational area with some restaurants for the visitors to take a rest during their hiking journey.
Tien Hsiang (天祥) has also been called as Tapito by Taya People which means palm tree where numerous palm trees were growing here when they built up their village long time ago.
Over 200 years ago, the Japanese invaded Taroko Gorge National Park (太鲁阁国家公园) and they occupied Tien Hsiang (天祥). After that, they set up administrative offices at Tien Hsiang (天祥) and force the Taroko people to a smaller area across Liwu River.
Tien Hsiang (天祥) is also surrounded by wondrously challenging topography – mountain tops and river dales, tunnels and bridges. The Liwu Stream and Taosai Stream both meet at Tien Hsiang (天祥) and they are 450m above the sea level.
Tien Hsiang (天祥) is 9km away from Taroko Gorge National Park (太鲁阁国家公园) gate and 45km away from Hualien city. There is a lovely 5 star resort ~ Silks Place Taroko (太魯閣晶英酒店) was built here after the highway was completed, followed by the other facilities for instance, convenient shops, post office, bus station, church and temple.
There is also a public toilet that located behind Tien Hsiang Post Office for the visitors to use as well. Hence, kindly maintain the cleanliness of the public toilet and ensure all the toilet facilities are in good working order after used.
Tien Hsiang (天祥) is considered a recreational area for the visitors to take a rest before continuing their hiking journey at Taroko Gorge National Park (太鲁阁国家公园). Hence, you may spend 15 to 30mins here and beware of the monkeys around Tien Hsiang (天祥). Do not feed them with your food and they may also snatch your food and belongings too. Overall the view at Tien Hsiang (天祥) is awesome where you can spot Liwu Stream and Taosai Stream here.