A-li-shan Travel Guide

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A-li-shan Things to Do

  • Scented Wood and Arch Bridge

    The landscape of the area with emerald green mountains, luxuriant and well-spaced trees, arch bridges and flowing water.

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  • Cihyun Temple

    Cihyun Temple is located near the Sacred Tree Station. It was built in 1919 and enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni donated by the king of Thailand. The 1000 year old bronze statue is filled with gold dust. We did not spend much time here because of the heavy rain. This temple has a Japanese style prayer room.

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  • Shouzhen Temple

    Shouzhen Temple has a striking facade with red and gold typical Taiwanese Temple architecture. It is the highest elevation temple in Taiwan, located in the Alishan National Park. The temple was constructed in 1911, its devotion to Xuan Wu God (玄天上帝), a Taoist deity also known as the "Mysterious Heavenly Emperor on High."...

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  • Magnolia Garden

    Magnolia Garden is located near the sisters' ponds. It has many magnolia trees, which belong to Magnoliaceae. They are one of the existing and more primitive families in plant evolution. One characteristic of the magnolia is its heady scent. The magnolia belongs to a type of deciduous trees with extremely large, six-petal bloosoms. In spring the...

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  • The Sisters' Ponds

    To me, this is an overrated attraction of the National Park. They are two small ponds with clear green water surrounded by green forest. It is nice to walk by the Sisters' Ponds but no reason to purposely visit the ponds to see how beautiful they are!The locals love visiting the ponds because there is a sad story behind these sister ponds. A couple...

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  • Forest in Alishan

    The forest in Alishan has been long destroyed during the Japanese colonial period due to heavy logging activities. During my visit, I noticed that most of standing trees here are still young and not tall enough to form a good forest. Sad to note that a lot of the old trees had been damaged and left with the big roots. Now I understand why the...

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  • Zhaoping Park

    In the early 1976, a brush fire was causing the destroy of the forest in Zhaoping. The government decided to build Zhaoping Park here. The park lies on the edge of the forest and is cut through by streams, making it highly suitable for bird watching. Tourists can also gaze at the 2,484 meter-high Tashan Mountain. The most interesting thing to do...

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  • Zhaoping Train Station

    The Zhaoping Tain Station was an important logistics hub for the logging industry and had the largest log collection center during the Japanese Rule. Zhaoping was formerly known as Alishan. The original railway station was established in 1914 for logging business. The Japanese had destroyed the original forest of Alishan during its colonial period....

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  • Duigaoyue Viewing Platform

    The Duigaoyue Viewing Platform is another place where you can see the beautiful views of Mt. Yushan. It is located north of Zhushan Viewing Platform or about 15-minutes walk. There is a good signpost that gets you to the platform. If you have more time, you can even walk on the Duigaoyue Forest Trail to reach Duigaoyue Pavilion. I would find this...

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  • Sunrise at Zhushan

    Enjoying the sunrise is Zhushan is the most famous thing to do in the Alishan National Park. Most tourists won't miss this while visiting Alishan. Is it really that beautiful? It think it must have different views and sceneries based on the weather condition during a visit. I won't say we had an amazing view of Mt Yushan at Zhushan but beautiful...

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  • Train to Zhushan Station

    It was fun to visit the Zhushan in the early morning by catching the train from Alishan Station to Zhushan Station. We were in the queue for about 15 minutes to enter the train platform. Despite it was very crowded, but the tourists well behaved and followed the order and instruction to enter the train. There are many mainland Chinese tourists...

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  • Alishan Museum

    Alishan Museum is located in a forest near the Sacred Tree Station. The Museum has a small and simple structure building. It is a good stop while walking on a forest trail near the Sacred Tree Station. It exhibits the construction history of the Alishan Forest Railway. It has great photos of the railway and the surround forest. It also educates the...

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A-li-shan Restaurants

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    by bafgkm Written Dec 25, 2004

    There're several food stands and restaurants around the train station providing local food. Actually,those are typical taiwanese food, but the vegetable and tea are worth trying.

    The cost depends on which restaurant you choose. Not too expensive though.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetable , rice and nudles....

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A-li-shan Nightlife

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    by bafgkm Written Dec 25, 2004

    I went to a-li-shan several times before, but this time is the first time I went there all alone. In my college life,I went there 2 times with the Astronomy club....so you now know what we did during the night....HA HA.....

    Remember to bring a flash light though! Oh,and better not to be alone especialy if you're a cute girl.(I'm not saying it's dangerous, but this is common sense.)

    Dress Code: Warm clothes definately!!

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A-li-shan Transportation

  • Getting Around in Alishan National Park

    You can travel within the Alishan National Park by train, shuttle or foot. The Alishan Forest Railway is linked to different few sections of the National Park. The main station is Alishan Station that links to different sections of the National Parks , Sacred Tree Station, Zhaoping Station, Zhushan Station. Sacred Tree Station is near attractions...

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  • Alishan Shuttle Bus

    There are regular Alishan Shuttle Buses travelling between Chiayi City to Alishan National Park. You can either take the shuttle bus to the Chiayi Railway Station or Chiayi THSR Station. The bus will arrive and depart in front of the Seven Eleven at Alishan National Park. Chiayi Railway Station ==> Alishan National ParkFrom Chiayi: 6:10; 7:40;...

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  • Alishan Forest Railway

    Alishan Forest Railway used to be a railway line link between Chiayi Station and Zhushan Station, and passing by many mountainous townships and forest. Due to a typhoon in 2009, the full train's route has been stopped operating since then. Currently, you can take the Alishan Forest Railway as the following routes: Chiayi - Beimen - Jhuci Chiayi...

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A-li-shan Shopping

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    by bafgkm Written Dec 25, 2004

    There're several shops close to each other, they are almost the only light after sunset, you won't miss them.

    What to buy: Tea : a-li-shan tea!
    Sweets:ma(2) shu(3), cakes
    Aboriginal craft: mostly made from woods
    Other agricutural products, like vinger,honey,cafe and so on.

    What to pay: Tea bag: 20 tea bags for NT.180.

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A-li-shan Tourist Traps

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    by Kyle-Taiwan Written Apr 25, 2009

    One tends to be in lower elevation Taiwan and never thinks about Taiwan being cold. Alishan gets cold, bring jacket/jeans! in winter it can snow and get icy, so also prepare for driving if thats how your getting there.

    The first time i went there i was used to my 25-30 degree February here in southern Taiwan, so stupid me went to Alishan for the weekend with shorts and t-shirts, big mistake.

    Unique Suggestions: Bring, at least some, warm clothes.

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A-li-shan What to Pack

  • Well-prepared for Sunrise Watching!

    Thick jacket is a must! Bring some motion sickness pills if u have problems with train / bus journey more than 2 hours... especially if u take a bus... there are many sharp turns that may make u sick. Bring a tripod if u want to capture a non-shaking sun. Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glaring sunrise.

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  • Some survival kits =P

    a small bag for your own trash when trekking/hiking in the moutain,let's protect and maintain the beautiful area together! warm, better with goretexNo sandel in winterumbrella , just in case Some headache pills maybe, for it's over 2,200m high. Of course! If you use DC, you can recharge at the hotel. If watching stars at night, maybe a tant is...

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A-li-shan Off The Beaten Path

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    by Kyle-Taiwan Written Apr 25, 2009

    On the drive to Alishan, close to it, sometimes you will see little pull offs and trails into the forest, sometimes they are wasabi farms. They are truly mystical looking things, something youd think of from a fantasy movie. Often they are trellised up the hill of a river under the cover of the forest canopy. Really neat looking places, scattered throughout.

    They are private property though, so its best to view them, take a photo and and not disturb the area.

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A-li-shan Favorites

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    Chuashan Sunrise Viewing Trail

    by lhe Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you want to hike to the Chuashan Sunrise Lookout instead of taking the train, you should follow the main road "Trail to Chuashan". Then use Chuashan Sunrise Viewing Trail as a shortcut. Entrance to this trail is right before the Chaoping Station. Eventually the trail will take you back to Trail to Chuashan. Afterward just keep following the road and it will take you to the lookout.

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