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“Good forest walk and convenient train service”

Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
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3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan...
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Alishan
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Was too late booking the train up from Chiayi so took a private car tour which, after first stopping off at Fenqihu for a visit and lunch, arrived here in the early afternoon.

Took the train up to Zhaoping and, instead of wandering around where the cherry blossoms used to be (missed it by a week), we took the forest trail through to the Sacred Tree station, and then rode the train back to the main Alishan station. Not a hard hike at all, but probably too vigorous for anyone with limited mobility.

A bit of a compressed schedule so we didn't snack or shop but the hike was certainly wonderful with lots to see, e.g., Shoujhen Temple.

Thank wukongsun
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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

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 Alishan is quite a nice experience with lots of green n nature to admire along the way.
For all the hype about the sunrise, personally, it was pretty underwhelming. Was super cold the day we went and honestly, may have been an off day for us, but I think I see better sunrises from the city. The train ride was really nice and the ride through the forest on the way back makes it almost worth waking up at 3am to catch the train.
Points to Consider:
-pick your accommodation based on your itinerary. Homestays can be fairly far from the Alishan town center and roads are narrow and winding. Takes time to get places.
-Train tickets are available on the same day. Get there by 4:15am and you’re sure to get a ticket.
-Sunrise may not be worth the effort. Maybe take the train up - and Plan a hike instead!
- visit a tea plantation.

1  Thank AjKamath
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

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 technically walk to all places here in 3 hours. it was like walking into the woods in the myst. so assume

1  Thank phuongdangt
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Visited Alishan few days ago with family. Nice scenery and suitable for those who like forest and hill site area.

Thank WongYF
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

This is the coldest place in Taiwan that I've been to.

It's purely nature and temples.

You will be able to see trees with more than a 100 years old and there's quite a number of them. Also an old train track you can ride to reach the end of the part fast. Me and my friends find it a bit expensive so we opt to walk back and forth.

To be able maximize all things you can do here I suggest you at least an overnight stay.

There's an entrance fee for the park and it's far from the city so we took the fast (expensive) train so if ever I come back here I will probably a lot more time to save money.

Thank Diego D
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