Attraction 605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township Published on: 23-08-2016
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Why Alishan Forest Railway is special ?
The Alishan Forest Railway is an 86 km network of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railways running up to and throughout the popular mountain resort of Alishan in Chiayi County, Taiwan. The Alishan Forest Railway is one of only three remaining mountain railways in the world. It rises from an elevation of only 30 meters above sea level to a height of 2,274 meters in just 71.4 kilometers. As it approaches the mountains, the track follows a circuitous route through an arboreal environment that changes from tropical to temperate zone species. The zigzagging ascent up Dulishan (Duli Mountain), to reach the top, is one of the more fascinating parts of the route.
What to explore at Alishan Forest Railway?
One of the reasons that forest trains attraction millions of tourists to take is it climb mountain through forests. The unique engineering of the Alishan Forest Train remains a spectacle to train fans worldwide. Besides, the view during the train ride is spectacular. Boarding the train at Chiayi Station, traveling through towns, and one can witness how the view of old streets fades into a nature landscape. Surrounding by forest in mild temperature, it feels like backing in time on the old train. With the elevation increases, you see a growing number of pine trees. It’s not just the way to reach the destination, but also the way to experience the old time.
How to get to Alishan Forest Railway?
From Chiayi Train Station: It is about 130 meters away from the train station.
From HSR Chiayi Station: Take BRT Shuttle Bus at Exit 2 of HSR Chiayi Station to Chiayi Train Station. From there take a 2 minute walk/130 meters to Chiayi Bus Station.
From Chiayi Bus Station to Alishan: 2 hours
From HSR Chiayi Station to Alishan: 2 hours & 30 minutes
- A breath of fresh air
- Lovely and refreshing in the forest
- Great place for train enthusiasts
- Place to explore about the traditional railway trains
- A pleasant journey through the forest
605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township
Tips for you
Take the train through the forest area is a nice experience in Alishan. However, even on normal days there is a queue and you might not get a seat. The travel time is quite short, 5-10 minutes. The only bad thing is that there is only one train every morning to go see the sunrise. If you want to go to the view platform afterwards, you need to walk from the other train station.