On a Clear Day...
On a clear day you can see forever in Chiayi...(If you have ever visited here you would find this statement amusing...)
Chiayi is actually one of the more smog choked places on the planet. I lived here for about 2 years, very close to these mountains shown in this picture, and pretty much never saw them...
The picture here is of a 99 percentile 3 sigma event (A large storm had just blown thru which dispersed the smog long enough to snap a picture or two...)
I guess this is what the Portuguese were talking about when they named Taiwan Isla Formosa (The Beautiful Island...)
Long time no see...
"ChiaYi...where tropic of cancer is..."
I have known this place for a long time just like the rest of people in this island do; however, I have only been here once or twice in the past. Thanks to my camp mate Chen, I finally had a chance to see this place.
Dongshi in Chiayi is famous for oyster; sadly, I am not an oyster fan especially for RAW oyster. I tried something cooked instead of raw most of time.
Chia-Yi County (chinese: ¹Å¸q¿¤¥«)
Chia-yi County has been known for its beautiful landscape. There are three groups of mountains in this area:
Main Yu Mountains-the main peak Yu Mountain at the elevation of 3997 meters, the highest in Taiwan. Western Yu Mountains-the main peak Western Yu Mountain at the elevation of 3523 meters, famous for the beautiful Ali Mountain forest district, Here is the only one mountainous region of the county, the Ali Hsian, where about three thousand natives of Ts'ao Tribe live. Southern Yu Mountains-the main peak Southern Yu Mountain at the elevation of 2391 meters.
"Ali Mountain Forest Park"
Alishan is known for its five wonders, the alpine reilway, forest, sea of clouds, sunrise view and sunset panorama. The area is rich in forest resorces. Among its natural scenery are the sister basins, Alishan divine trees, Tzuyun Temple,tree Spirit Tower, Tsushan vantage point, Minyueh railway section, etc. The sunrise view of Alishan is a renowned wonder. The best place to see this view is from Tsushan. The position and hours of sunrise in Alishan change with the seasons.
Chia-Yi County Official Website
Chia-Yi County Tourist Guide (Chinese Only)