Sisters Ponds – the ponds located in the middle of Alishan forest is a famous spot for charming scenery. Ponds are called Sisters Ponds (Another name: Younger Sister Pond and Elder Sister Pond) because there are two ponds lying next to each other, surrounded by green mountains and forests. A large pond, a slightly smaller pond should be named affectionately as Two Sister Pond.
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The pond is also associated with an ancient legend. Ancient legend tells that two sisters voluntarily sown themselves in the pond. They bravely protected the villagers from being occupied by invaders. Later the pond was named to commemorate these two brave sisters.
From Zhaoping station just walk a little further to reach Sisters Ponds. The space here is very open. The pond does not have too many tourists visiting so it is not noisy and bustling. Walking around the ponds between charming scenery feels like being in the context of Chinese historical drama. In the middle of the lake, there is a moon pavilion, which is very beautiful. You should visit and take some photos to check-in!
Address: Alishan Forest Recreation Area, Alishan Township, Chiayi County 605, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Admission: Included in the ticket of Alishan Forest Recreation Area above.
Take the scenic train through Alishan Forest Railway
Sitting in a red train passing through the forest by the Alishan Forest Railway. This train was originally a timber tanker operated since the Japanese were exploited wood in Alishan. Today the trains are not used for freight but become trains for tourists.
The red train is very beautiful and artistic. Extremely photogenic. You can buy train tickets from the first station just outside the entrance gate of Alishan National Forest. One-way ticket is about 100 TWD ($3.25). The train station is also very beautiful, free to pose to take photos to check-in.
The scenic train routes will going around Alishan forest. The train is slow, admire the forest outside extremely wonderful, cool and fresh air! The train will running up to the top of Jade mountain to watch the sun rise. If you plan to watch the sun rise from the top of the mountain, you have to take the train from the early morning.
Alishan Forest Railway
Address: No.428 Gonghe Road, Linsheng Street, Dong District, Taiwan
Highest elevation: 2,216 m (7,270 ft)
Connecting lines: Chiayi Station: TRA Western Line
Operator: Forestry Bureau
Line length: 86 km (53 mi)
Track gauge: 2 ft 6 in (762 mm)
Terminis: Chiayi County, Zhushan Station
Watching dawn at Zhu Shan peak
The best in Alishan is the experience of watching sunrise from the Zhu Shan peak. Admire the beautiful sea of clouds, floating on the top of the mountain. Are you excited?
If you want to watch the sunrise, you definitely have to spend a night here. Overnight here, you will be possible to catch the train to the top of the mountain in the early morning tomorrow. You should book hotel in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area. Here, there are many hotels and homestays for you to choose from, so you no need to worry much.
After getting off the train, you just follow the line of people to get to the position to watch sunrise. Depending on the winter or summer or autumn, the sunrise position will be different. Depending on the weather, clouds, rain or fog also affect your vision. Because so many people come to see the sunrise, after getting there, quickly choose a spot to watch the sunrise and capture the beautiful moments by photos!
Enjoy the original Alishan tea flavor
In Vietnam perhaps you are no stranger to Alishan Tea Gongcha milk cream is very good, right? Now, you are in the hometown of Alishan tea, do not forget to try how great the original tea flavor is.
Alishan tea is grown by local people in high mountains. To ensure the most natural and distinctive flavor, the tea production process is extremely hand-crafted and meticulous. Here the best tea flavor, most people bring back is Oolong tea. Alishan tea prices are not cheap. Really expensive but you get what you pay for, right?
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