Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiayi County

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. Plan to visit Alishan National Forest Recreation Area during your Chiayi County vacation using our convenient Chiayi County road trip app .
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  • Alishan is definitely a great place to visit if you want to see a side to Taiwan that most people don’t know about - beautiful tea plantations along some stunning mountains. The drive from Taipei to A...  more »
  • They said the train here is typically old but they kept the old train in the museum i think hehe. my train was red train and it looked normal. also waste of money to go by train cause you can technica...  more »
  • Visited Alishan few days ago with family. Nice scenery and suitable for those who like forest and hill site area.  more »
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  • Very beautiful and peaceful place. You are being closer with nature and sometimes feel intimidating when walking along the trail in the wood. It separates you from the hustle life which is nice for those who looking for a completely quite place. The scenery in the winter around December to Spring, March for me is the best time to come here
  • An absolutely amazing place to visit. Most people choose to stay over for a night to catch the sunrise, although you are able to see enough of the park in a day trip. Walking through the trails in the forest will give you some incredible, jaw-dropping views. The train line is also a very cool feature.
  • Very very beautiful and relaxing area. As I sometimes need colder temperatures than 25°C, this place was also very comfortable to me. Do not forget to bring corresponding clothes with you. We also enjoyed beautiful sunsets and had impressive view of nature. Watch out the older mammoth trees - never so this before!! Keep going on!
  • One of a must place to visit in Taiwan. Try to ride the train, in the other hand also can walk. Enjoy the forest while walking
  • A little confusing to get to if you are a foreigner but worth it! Taxi drivers will take you up and if you get enough people, it is cheaper than the bus. In regards to the forest: absolutely gorgeous! The main areas are laid out well and easy to get around. The hikes aren't too adventurous but still worth it.

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