mountain seed jelly drinks
snacks and souvenirs near Shouzhen Temple
steamed yams and other body-warming treats
delicious tea eggs
Alishan, Taiwan: Best Sunrise Spots, Hiking Trails and Tea Farms
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
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The Standard Tourist Stroll Through Alishan
What Makes Alishan So Special?
Alishan in 1 night (2 days)
Alishan in 2 nights (3 days)
Alishan in 3 nights (4 days)
Suggested Alishan Itinerary
Field of Alishan High Mountain tea, shot from my hotel in Shizhuo, half way up to Alishan (see below)
Alishan's haunting, mist filled, ancient cedar forests
Best Places to See the Sunrise in Alishan
Ciyun Temple, a great spot for watching the sunset at Alishan
An old-school Alishan train on display in Fenqihu
Below I'll tell you how to get to this secret Alishan sunrise viewing spot!
Fenqihu: A Worthwhile Stop on the Way Up to Alishan
A rather contemplative pic of me, shot by me, in the incredible bamboo forests of the Ruitai Historic Trail near Fenqihu
Famous Fenqihu Lunchbox
The original lunchbox spot, with the real life guy in the sign below:
Locals pounding lunchboxes before the train arrives
Hike Through Tea Fields or Stay on a Tea Farm in Shizhuo
Same view, but at sunset
Alishan National Scenic Area
Newer and older Alishan Forest Railway trains parked at Zhaoping Station
The larger of the two "Sister Ponds," tourist central in Alishan
Shouzhen Temple, with a view of Dashan, Alishan's highest peak
2300-year-old "Tree #28", shot while raining
My friends and I at the "secret" sunrise spot which I'm about to tell you about
Colors painting the sky before the sunrise at Alishan
"Sea of Clouds" (sort of) Alishan sunrise from Duigaoyue Sunrise Platform
Don't Forget about the Sunset at Alishan!
Sunset photo I shot from the highway near the Entrance Gate to Alishan
Off-the-beaten-path trails for hiking in Alishan
1. Duigaoyue Trail (對高岳步道)
2. Train tracks from Duigaoyue to Sister Ponds
3. Tashan Trail (Mount Daito/塔山步道)
4. Shuishan Trail (水山步道)
Where to Stay in Alishan
Where to Eat in Alishan
spicy bamboo shoots and cold tofu with local Alishan wasabi
this is where wasabi comes from! you can buy real local wasabi from every shop and stall in Alishan
When to Visit Alishan
frost on the Alishan train tracks in winter
sometimes it snows! (this is a picture I took of a picture in an Alishan restaurant)
Hiking the Ruitai Historic Trail
Pro tip: If you really want to get off-the-beaten-track in the greater Alishan region, try the Alishan Northwest Corridor, a tourist-free region featuring more gorgeous tea farms, bamboo forests, hiking trails, and waterfalls. There are very few buses providing access to the area, so having your own transportation is ideal.