Attraction 605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township, 中正村59號 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Alishan Forest Recreation Area is special ?
Alishan Forest Recreation Area, at the terminus for both the Alishan Forest Railway and buses from Chiayi, is the National Scenic Area’s premier attraction. Its pristine alpine forests are dotted with mostly easy walking paths and several scenic overlooks offering superb views of the surrounding mountains and the surreal “sea of clouds” sunrise. However, what attracts the most tourists to the Recreation Area are its cherry trees, which come into full bloom from mid-March to mid-April. During this period, the area is inundated with ten thousand visitors a day, completely choking walking trails and making accommodation scarce. The area is especially cherished by busloads of mainland Chinese tourists – the Taiwanese folk song ālǐshān de gūniáng (Alishan Girl) dates back to 1949 and remains wildly popular amongst middle-aged Chinese.
What to explore at Alishan Forest Recreation Area?
Alishan Forest Recreation Area contains the largest train station in Taiwan made entiredly of wood, and was established in 2007 with an accompanying observatory. Therefore, once you arrive at Alishan Forest Recreation Area, you have all the tools to best appreciate the famous sea of clouds and other breathtaking views such as sunrise and sunset. In addition, you can see the cliff of Ta Mountain, which is the Tsou’s (Indigenous people of Taiwan) sacred mountain. Since the establishment of Alishan road in 1982, the Alishan Forest Recreation Area has become a very popular scenic spot in Alishan tourism. Alishan Forest Recreation is an excellent place for bird watching. The main bird watching trail is the annularity path in the recreation area, it is a four kilometer path surrounded by forest.
How to get to Alishan Forest Recreation Area?
From Chiayi Train Station to Alishan Forest Recreation Area:
Take train to Chiayi Train Station and take Chiayi Bus (Alishan route) to the Alishan Forest Recreation Area. It takes about 2.5 hours from the Train station to get to Alishan. Chiayi Bus runs at the following times: 06:10 08:10 10:10 12:10 14:10.
From HSR Chiayi Station to Alishan Forest Recreation Area:
Take HSR to HSR Chiayi Station and take BRT to Chiayi Train Station. From there, take Chiayi Bus (Alishan route) to the Alishan Forest Recreation Area. It takes about 2.5 hours from the Train station to get to Alishan. Chiayi Bus runs at the following times: 06:10 08:10 10:10 12:10 14:10.
- Great for Sun-Rise Viewing and Forest-Trekking
- Where nature is labelled but not destroyed
- A very enjoyable outdoor environment
- Breathtaking sunrise and lovely forest
- Beautiful Park with lots of trekking and walking
605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township, 中正村59號
Tips for you
Long walking trail that you will enjoy going spot by spot inside the Alishan forest recreation park. High mountain, cooling weather at the top hill, greenery environment, quiet and tranquility. Get ready to wake up earlier, 10am is good after breakfast and you can start your journey. Walk slowly and patiently, you will find beautiful scenery all spots in the park. People who like taking photos, one day might not enough for you. The sky turn darker after 5pm, the last bus to go down the hill will be 5pm too, bus ticket can buy from 7eleven. If you are staying at top of the hill then you do not have to rush to leave. Buy some snacks or onigiri Japanese rice, or bread with you, so that you can eat when you are hungry. There's a eatery area is developing when I went, you can also have food there near a huge chinese temple. There's where will also lead you to the sisters lakes, a place you must not missed. We stay middle hill of Alishan, every morning there's a schedule bus will pass by along our stay, we just have to coose the timing we want and wait for the bus to go to the park. It takes 50 minutes to reach. We totally fine with that. I cannot stop thinking to going there again.
Stunning sunrise views are a real adventure - ride the early train, find a good spot and enjoy magnificent seas of fog and beautiful mountains as the new day begins.