Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiayi County

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At Alishan National Forest Recreation Area you, can hike in the scenic mountain surroundings, and take in nationally renowned views, enhanced by the area's unique climate. Covering an area of 1,400 ha (3,459 ac), Alishan rests 2,200 m (7,217 ft) above sea level and has a climate that stays fairly constant all year round, with an average temperature of 10.6 C (51 F) and a humid, cloudy atmosphere. A draw for those looking to escape the heat of the summer, this temperate weather also allows for some picturesque photo opportunities, observing seas of clouds and distinct Alishan sunrises. Around the area, you'll also have the chance to take in the region's historic narrow gauge railway and its accompanying wooden station, the largest of its kind in the country. The village harbors souvenir shops and indigenous dishes to sample, and nature-lovers can take strolls into the wild, with a 4 km (2.4 mi) trail dedicated to bird-watching. The weather can get very cool year-round, so be sure to bring along something warm to wear no matter when you visit. Alishan National Forest Recreation Area is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Chiayi County Edition.
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  • Promote Jia Yi City open cars less than two hour, against Prada forest bathing place. Walk beside the temperature approaches below 10 degrees, in the burning heat of southern Taiwan 灣, Ali is one good place for summer.
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  • Alishan is very attractive forest scenic area in Taiwan. It needs around 3 hours from chiayi train station. Weather is pretty cool, 10°C to 20°C. This areas are cover by so many giant trees especially...  more »
  • 2017 connections of Dragon Boat Festival holiday staying at Hostels Ali guests are invited, NT Pupp service personnel out of charity, some live DIY begins this afternoon is not wrong. 蠻 dinner buffet of delicious (with mountains of information, food comes says, is very wrong, especially vegetarian fried rice), little sleep is very good Oh! Little game park near Alishan Forest area, climbing, bought East West is convenient, the only missing bit is the gym, Children games play area is too small, but not wrong the whole Stadium, London image: still image: staying!
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  • Expensive, but very pleasant stroll, air and natural environment. Will be nicer if everything is more affordable. Food options are also limited, most restaurant has poor quality food. Everything except for 7-11 are overpriced.
  • We arrived by rented car and due to holiday session, parking was a bit difficult and we parked 5km away from the entrance. Nonetheless, shuttle bus was available every 15 minutes. Some reviews said that the windy road can be a bit challenging but for us, it was fairly acceptable. We recommend visitors to reach Alishan early in the morning so that you can complete your trip by 4pm, in which once you missed it, you would probably miss the last train/shuttle bus as well. Suggested to take a walk in sacred tree (Shenmu) trail and take a train ride back to the entrance.
  • Best place to escape from chaos town, good place for recreation. A nice green forest with a convenient walk way. You can either take a train or walk. 10 degree celcius in the morning! (in May)
  • Wonderful bus ride to here from Chiayi through bamboo forests and tea farms and banana plantations. The walking paths are well placed and maintained and the views are varied and lush and so so beautiful.
  • Great place to relax; awesome views.. Most abide by the non smoking regulations....nice hiking trails, but needs far better support for biking (MTB)

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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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