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Alishan, Chiayi County

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Alishan Township is a mountain indigenous township in Chiayi County, Taiwan. Alishan National Scenic Area covers most, but not all, of the township and also parts of neighboring townships.HistoryThe Alishan area was originally settled by the Tsou tribe of the Taiwanese aborigines; the name derives from the aboriginal word Jarissang. From 1920 to 1945, the area was classified as Savage Land under Kagi District, Tainan Prefecture. After 1945, the area was named Wufong Township (吳鳳鄉), after Chinese merchant Wu Feng, but was renamed to Alishan Township in March 1989.GeographyIt has a population total of 5,764 and an area of 427.8471 square kilometres. It is located at an elevation of 2190m in the western highlands of Taiwan.ClimateAlishan has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen: Cwb) with extremely wet and mild conditions during the monsoon season when the town receives 3.2m of rain in five months, and cool and drier conditions during the winter months. Temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year, with only noticeably cooler temperatures during the winter months of December to February of the following year. When typhoons hit Taiwan during the wet season, rainfall in highland locations like Alishan can exceed 1m per day, which is the heaviest rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere and exceeded only in a few oceanic islands of the Southern Hemisphere such as Réunion.
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  • The sunrise is the hot activity of Mt. Ali, we went to the Moor station before five O ' I station, waiting for the day train, to the end point of the station, the I view platform has been packed with people, we turn to the right side of the forest road, to see the better view of the Xiao Li Mountain observation platform. This time it was lucky to see the clouds of hats spinning on Mount Yushan, and to see the sun rising from the peaks of Yushan, although it was worth a little sleep.
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  • Celebrated mountains of Alishan is famous for Sunrise viewing spot. In the Alishan Forest Railway, for Sunrise appreciation from Alishan station celebrated mountain station train operates. 2 train was provided to bring everyone and there are many people and visited at the end of September, in the first 4:00 45 minutes from train ride. For small train car is cramped but ride takes about 30 minutes and can put up with is so short. Summit Park and equipped as a shop selling snacks and warm drinks. It seems many people walking direction is down. Walk the shortest route from Alishan Mountain train station half an hour at the Taiwan cypress as the sacred tree near the trees 2 ½ hours as home. Sneakers is enough for walking tracks.
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  • As the temperature is 30 degrees, enjoyed hiking. Have been planted (!?) beautiful cedar wood pavement and 香bashiatta.
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Where to stay in Chiayi County

Accommodations in Chiayi County lie sparsely scattered across its rugged landscape, though many visitors opt to stay in the city of the same name (which, technically, the county does not include). In Chiayi City, choose from stylish four-star accommodations to quirky hostels situated in the heart of the city center. Heading out west for some of the county's most remote and mountainous regions, the Meishan and Alishan Townships offer a handful of cozy bed and breakfast-style lodgings, allowing you to explore the picturesque national parks in comfort.
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