Alishan Mountain, Taiwan

Alishan plateau, Taiwan has long been famous to tourists for its great variety of beautiful kinds of flowers, majestic mountains, and dense forests. Let’s together with me find out the experience below which will make it more interesting and easier for you to enjoy the beauty of this charming plateau. Now, discover the beautiful land through our Alishan blog (Alishan travel blog) — The fullest Alishan travel guide for a wonderful trip to Alishan plateau, Taiwan with top things to do, best places to visit and what to do in Alishan with Living Nomads below.

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Sisters ponds
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Hinoki Village
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Alishan National Scenic Area
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Fenchihu station
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The scenery of Alishan National Scenic Area
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Alishan, Taiwan: Alishan Mountain Tea Plantations. Image by: Alishan travel guide blog.
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Alishan railroad

Alishan blog: How to get to Alishan plateau

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You will need to take the HSR to Chiayi in order to reach Alishan

To arrive in Alishan, the first thing you need to do is coming to Chiayi. And to get to Chiayi, the best way is finding the way to HSR station because that’s the fastest transport to Alishan. After arriving at Chiayi HSR station, you can easily take the bus No. 7329 to Alishan (there are just 3 buses per day at 10:10, 11:40, and 13:10).

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The different ways to get to Alishan and back
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Going to Alishan by train is also a great experience. Photo by: alishan travel blog.

Another way to arrive in Alishan plateau is taking the train but it’ll be a bit longer than by HSR. For example, if you depart from Taipei, the HSR takes you 1 hour, the train will be 2.5 times longer than the HSR. The seats often run out very fast, so you’ll need to purchase the train ticket as soon as possible. Also, you can take the bus to Chiayi, which will take you more than 3 hours and 30 minutes, however, this way may make you feel pretty tired.

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This is Chiayi Train Station

After you arrive at Chiayi Train Station, you can select from these following options to go to Alishan plateau:

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Your next stopover destination on the journey to Alishan is Fenqihu. Photo by: alishan travel blog.

From Chiayi Train Station, you can take a train to Fenqihu (and there’s only one train a day), then take a bus to Shidao and from Shidao, take another bus to Alishan. Or you can go straight to Alishan by taxi without having to wait or change the bus, but it’ll be very expensive.

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If you’re too tired of waiting for bus, then taxi can be a good mean of transport, but the taxi price will be quite high
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Fenqihu ancient village has a charming natural landscape

Alishan blog: Top places to visit and what to do when traveling in Alishan

First, take a walk in Alishan National Scenic Area

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The scenery of Alishan National Scenic Area. Image by: Alishan blog.

Why? Because the forest here is extremely beautiful, more than any masterpiece of any talented painter. Especially in the early morning when this place is covered by the illusory and fanciful mist.

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Wherever you go in Alishan also sees autumn as a masterpiece

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Messenger of autumn

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When coming here, you can also find many high pines, small streams flowing at the foot of the wooden bridge in the forest. And in the summer, all the trees here wear a fresh, cool green with the sunshine pouring a glittering gold tinsel on the leaves.

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Trekking through the Giant Trees Trail is one of the best experience when arriving in Alishan

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The mysterious charm of the Giant Trees Trail in Alishan. Image by: Alishan blog.

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This is a trail surrounded by many huge trees. Taiwanese always love to come here for a trekking journey with their camping tents to stay overnight in this magnificent natural landscape. You’ll see this trail become especially magical when the fog covers all the space, at that time, it’ll look like a fairyland in the fairytale.

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Visiting the Sisters Pond

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The romantic landscape of Sisters Pond

This is called Sisters Pond because there are two small ponds lying next to each other in the forest, the Older-Sister Pond has a slightly bigger surface than the Younger-Sister Pond. These two ponds are famous for their emerald green water, surrounded by the big trees in the primitive dense forest. In the middle of the pond, there is also a small octagonal house.

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The small octagonal house in the middle of the pond. Image by: Alishan blog.

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Sisters ponds
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Must visit place in Alishan

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Sisters ponds in aumtumn

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Moon pavilion in the middle of the pond
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The elder Sister pond in Alishan National Scenic Area, Chiayi Province, Taiwan

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Tranquil scenery

Enjoying the fancy experience in Alishan Forest Railway

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This railway is a very beautiful ancient monument of Alishan

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This is the only train running through the forest which has been operated since the Japanese logged in Alishan. Initially, it was used for transporting wood, and now, it’s retained for serving the tourism. This train runs straight to the best location to watch the sunrise here, the Jade Mountain. The train often departs very early in the morning, you can buy the train ticket right at the entrance of Alishan National Park.

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Alishan Mountain, Taiwan. Image by: Alishan travel blog.

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A train of Alishan Railway Forest
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So deep at Alishan Forest Railway Station.

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The beautiful red scenic train.
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Alishan forest train railway is famous for tourist attraction.
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The train station buitl by wood.

Admiring the twilight and dawn at the top of the mountain

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The twilight in Alishan plateau. Image by: Alishan travel guide blog.

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There’s no way you can come to Alishan without trying admiring the twilight and dawn here. Nevertheless, you should spend a night in Alishan in order to witness the wonderful dawn right in this fairyland, with the floating clouds surrounding all around the space.

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You’ll have to stay overnight on this mountain and wake up early to admire the wonderful dawn here

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Magical sunrise
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Stunning sunrise
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Floating sea clouds

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Waiting for sunrise

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Watching the traditional performances of the ethnic groups

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The cultural village of Alishan

Ethnic people living in Alishan are granted land, houses and all the conditions for working and living. They also preserve their cultural features in a cultural village with tribal architecture with a gallery displaying a lot of antiques. On some certain days of the week, there will be traditional music and dancing performances taking place here.

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A performance of an ethnic group in Alishan plateau. Image by: Alishan travel guide blog.

Visiting Fenqihu ancient village

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Fenqihu ancient village has a charming natural landscape

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Fenqihu ancient village is surrounded by three mountains, this location is famous for its ancient streets with fog floating everywhere, from streets, corners to even the small alleys.

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The famous lunchbox of Fenqihu

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This village is also famous for its famous Fenqihu lunchbox put in a round aluminum box. In this box of rice, there are rice, bamboo shoots, meat and egg cooked in a traditional way which is pretty special and of course very tasty.

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Hinoki Village

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From Fenqihu village, if still having time, you can also go to Hinoki Village, this is an ancient village that still preserves the ancient Japanese wooden houses built since the Japanese army occupied Taiwan.

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Hinoki Village
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A nice stone bridge
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Girls in traditional kimono

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Traditional Japanese wooden house
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Wooden houses in Japanese style

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A postcard that you can buy as gift in Alishan

All the experience for a trip to Alishan plateau and the most beautiful places in Alishan mentioned above will be very helpful for self-sufficient tourists. In fact, besides the destinations and experience tourists must try when coming to Alishan plateau above, there are also a lot of other extremely charming destinations that you’ll never find it time-consuming to visit them once arriving in this plateau. However, you shouldn’t forget to carefully consider your schedule to have a complete trip!

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Explore the mountains and plateau as Yang Ming Shan, Alishan is a very beloved activity when traveling Taiwan

Are you looking for more Alishan travel guide and top things to do in Alishan: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Alishan autumn — Where to go & what to do in Alishan, Taiwan in the fall?

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