The GF and I are planning on taking off from Kaohsiung and heading round the souther tip and up towards Taroko gorge–10 days. We plan to stop and explore at our leisure and visit some recommended sites, but we have logistical questions that, despite pouring over countless threads, we can’t seem to figure out.
Is there any cross–island highway south or north that is accessible? We have read the northern one (Highway 8, I believe) is open while the souther one (highway 20 or 27?) is closed or that both are closed, or that neither are open. Taroko’s website is even saying that you can take highway 8 to highway 14 (East to West) heading into Taichung. Has anyone done this route? We’d really like to find a reasonable way to avoid backtracking when heading back to Kaohsiung to save time whilst seeing new scenery. Any and all help is greatly appreciated and my plan is to offer up a trip report when we come back to better help others looking to take a similar trip.
Please spare me the negative comments about being lazy and not searching. I’ve spent a couple hours on this site and others looking for answers and could use helpful input.