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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  • If you want to visit Alishan park, cherry blossom in spring time in late March is the best time you want to go. But be aware of traffic jam at weekend. If you want to go by driving a private car, only...  more »
  • Bus tips from Chiayi: 1) The bus leaves from just outside the train station, if you were facing the station it would be a 1 minute walk to your left 2) I went on a Saturday and there wasn't any need t...  more »
  • Is a very nice mountain walk, misty and beautiful. The air is very fresh, and it gives you a feeling of a chinese ninja with a sword going through a forest.  more »
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  • 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)
  • Alishan is one if Taiwan most beautiful mountain parks. Make sure you book one of the Hotels/b&b in the park early. The take the 3:50am or 4:10am trains from with in the park to go watch the sun rise. If you miss the train back just hike down it's about an hours hike.
  • Take the train to see the sunrise! Pretty good to walk around this national park. You have to wake up early to catch the train for the sunrise. Make sure you buy the ticket a day early so you can just go to the line in the morning.
  • Well worth the effort to come here. The walking trails is amazing and the sunrise is stunning. Add together the experience on riding the famous mountain train system.