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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  • Went to Alishan during our visit to Taiwan. We reached chiyayi in the morning ,left our luggage in the hotel and went to the bus stop which is near the chiyayi train station to take a bus to Alishan, ...  more »
  • In October 2017, me and my friends went to Alishan for our first trip in Taiwan with warnings that the weather wasn’t lovely and not friendly to travellers...rain, typhoon and very low temperature in ...  more »
  • There is a wind in the sky on the mountain, and with the smell of the forest, it absorbs the centuries-old trees, and the cool and comfortable atmosphere of the environment makes people feel joy.
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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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