In the heart Taiwan, Alishan National Park is a mountainous area of natural beauty set in the hills and peaks of Chiayi County. Spanning more than 160 square miles, it covers terrain as varied as rugged mountain passes and green, lush tea plantations. The National Park encompasses four small villages which are seats of ancient indigenous history and are bursting with tradition and culture. While the Japanese occupation is evident with the logging railway running through the area.
Hugely popular with hikers the many trails take in waterfalls, countless species of flora and fauna and include Mount Ali, a peak that is visually synonymous with Taiwan. The Alishan Forest Railway is an 86 km network of narrow gauge railways running up to and throughout the popular mountain of Alishan. The railway, originally constructed for logging, is itself a tourist attraction with unique Z-shaped switchbacks, 50 tunnels, and over 77 wooden bridges. Carrying tourists to the most famous views in the park.
Every morning before dawn, throngs of visitors gather and wait for the sun to emerge from the dark before their eyes
Every morning before dawn, throngs of visitors gather and wait for the sun to emerge from the dark before their eyes. Immersing them in serenity as they observe the sunlight changing from faint orange rays to bright daylight. Sunset provides another momentous event as well as the phenomenon sea of clouds which is a marvel to behold.