Alishan, also known as Moutain Ali, has unique scenery that only belongs to Taiwan like sunrise, cloud sea, and sacred trees. Being a diverse scenic park, Alishan also has its own forest railway and the aboriginal tribe Tsou culture. (Also Read: Alishan, Taiwan: Best Sunrise Spots, Hiking Trails, and Tea Farms)
Never miss one of Taiwan’s hottest attractions— Alishan. Most trees will hit its full bloom in March and April. With the petal falling, have a good time walking in the breeze with flower fragrance in Alishan. There are many types of cherry blossoms in Alishan, including Yoshino Cherry and Oshima cherry. The King Cherry of Alishan, a big Somei-Yoshino Cherry tree predicting the cherry blossom of other trees, has already hit its full blossom this year. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter The Whisper of Melody and Sakura—a music concert held by the Alishan National Scenic Area. Most tourists will take the nostalgic forest train to appreciate the cherry blossom along the railway. The forest train was constructed to transport Red Cypress logs and carry supplies when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Now it becomes an integral part of the Alishan recreation facilities to bring tourist convenience and happiness. (See the annual activities in Alishan)
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Sunrise viewing is another activity you can try in Alishan. After taking Zhushan line train, Take a stroll along Sunrise Viewing Trail to the viewing platform. Standing in the mountains and catching the first light of sunrise are definitely extraordinary experiences for you in Taiwan. Apart from the hazy sunshine, the cloud sea is also worth watching. When people watch the clouds going, tranquility may flow into their hearts. (Read more: Taiwan’s stunning 106-year-old mountain railway by CNN)
See the stunning lake of cloud in this BBC’s video
Sacred trees are also the must-see scenery in Alishan. Being about 2000 years old, most Sacred trees are Formosan cypress. Taking a deep breath of the frosty air in the forest, you can smell a fresh aroma of the Red cypress. After watching sacred trees, you can visit the Sisters’ Ponds. Sisters’ Ponds are two adjacent ponds. According to the legend, there was a pair of sisters who loved the same man. To show support to each other, they both committed suicide by jumping into the ponds.
After such a long hike of cherry blossom, sunrise, and sacred trees, you may be hungry and exhausted. Take a full rest in Fengchihu. There are Taiwan’s most prestigious railway lunchboxes here. Fengchihu bento box is famous for its traditional cuisine and attentive selection of fresh ingredients consisted of rice, vegetables, and usually wild boar meat or chicken. Since having been to Alishan, why not explore Tsou culture in it? Having their own legend, Taiwanese indigenous people—Tsou has its own culture. In February, there is Mayasvi Festival (war ceremony) to pray for the warriors. And Tourists can experience Tsou wedding customs in Fo’na Festivals (Life Bean Festival) in October.
Standing in Alishan away from the busy life in urban, you can not only get real sense of Taiwan but also feel the pulse of the Earth. To explore the natural scenic attractions in Taiwan, this forest recreation area is generally advised for those outdoors enthusiasts. To have a more convenient and in-depth tour into Alishan, Justaiwantour’s private day tour is highly recommended. Our accessible private car service can help the tourists design a tour that more convenient and deep into the aboriginal tribes and attractions.
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