If you make it out to Chiayi Park be sure to check out the old turtle.
Just go east from the train station on Chung-Shan Road until you reach the slope up. It's about a 30 minute walk. The park is on your left and the baseball stadium is on the right. The Turtle is near the entrance at the corner of Chi-Min and Chung-Shan roads.
The turtle has been there a long time, and the wind and rain have eroded the features, but on the tablet sticking out of his back you can still faintly see the Manchurian and Chinese texts.
Taiwan could boost its international tourism by putting signs with English translations at some of these historic sites.
In the past decade there have been a few bear sightings in eastern Chiayi County. As you go up the mountain highway toward the AliShan resort area consider stopping in towns such as Stone Table to look around and ask about bears and other wildlife. The people hanging out in the tea shops might tell you stories about deer and bears.
This photograph shows an unfortunate Chiayi County bear along the highway in Shr-Dzoa in January of 1998.