The Taiji Gorge is situated in the upper part of Jiazouliao Stream around the Taan Village areas in the Jhushan Township of Nantou County, when the ground at Alishan went upwards and stratums collapse, water in the middle section of Jiazouliao Stream eroded the hard sandstone layer for a long time and awesome overhanging rocks and steep cliffs were formed at both banks, which resulted in the magnificent spectacle of Taiji Gorge.
The high precipice and the deep ravine at the center of the forest are the essence such a beautiful and natural scenery. The local residents call it "Shi-Hang Gorge" or "Taiji Gorge". The area divided into the upper Hang, middle Hang, and lower Hang with tremendously different features. The gorge views hanging rocks, steep precipices, waterfalls and rapids came existence after middle section of Jiazouliao Stream wore the crevices and fissures on the north constantly. As it is comparable to Taroko Gorge, Swallow Grotto(Yentzukou) and Yisiantian(a gleam of th sky) on eastern Taiwan, it is also called West Taroko Gorge.
Taiwan was attacked by the Toraji Typhoon on July 30, 2001 and lead to mudflows flows in this area, it brought about precipitous rock wall and lots of big stones especially in the place under the Yufu Suspension Bridge and between the gorges, there is an interspersed Feilai Stone(Flying Stone) that makes the most magnificent natural wonder.
Taiji Gorges Scenic Area was re-planning in 2004. Nantou County Government built a new suspension bridge for keep out of the danger zone with landslide. This new bridge across the li-chiu-liao stream is about 136 meters longth, more than 200 steps and the gap of two endways is over 20 meters, this ladder type suspension bridge is only one in Taiwan the local residents call it "Sky Ladder".
This Earthcache's coords is place of about 3 metres by the cliff of the gorge, you do not need to go the position of the coords if you want to go, please take care, Don't cross the railing and don't take child to the position of the coords.
*** It's need charges to visit Taiji Gorge, It's about NT$30~50 to visit and NT$40 to parking ***
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2. Describe depth of the gorge by visual and your observations position's coords.