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“Crowded Alishan” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ali Mountain (Alishan)

Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Chiayi County, Taiwan
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Crowded Alishan”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We went in Mar to see cherry blossom.
The place is very crowded and full of tour groups.
To travel from one point to another, we make use of the Alishan train, which comes at half hourly interval.

Visited March 2013
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“Average!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Among all natural scenery tourist attraction, Mt. Ali might not be my favorite in Taiwan. But it's a beautiful place, indeed.
I went there in March when the Ali mountain are full of cherry tree blossom. The whether was a little humid and foggy, which also added some romantic atmosphere for our trip. There are also various of forest trails for natural lovers to do some hiking.
For accommodation, you could stay in the hotels which located in the national scenic area, or stay in the hotels outside but also in Ali mountain. It could save you some time from shuttling if you choose the former one but the price for hotel is much higher.
For traffic transportation, shuttle bus was available at the Chiayi train station. The ticket is about 250NTD. Or you may just rent a car and drive to the destination.

Visited March 2013
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“Nice views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We managed to catch the cherry blossoms it was the season.
But our guide told us that if we were to be there a week later it will be even better as there is a delay in the season for this year.

It's fairly an easy hike as we took the downhill path.
However, it will be better if there are lesser Chinese tourists around because there are in big groups and they are very noisy. And they like to cut queue when taking pictures.

Do make a trip down to Alishan if you are at Chiayi especially during the March-April period.

Visited March 2013
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“Place for natural lover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I visited Alishan on early March. Its a beautiful place. Although the journey took some time but it worth the visit. The forest is well preserved, all you can feel here is peace and calm. The weather is quite cold, on the afternoon is 11 Degree Celsius but it hits 9 at night and if you are travelling to watch sun rise, it's 4 Degree Celsius, so bring a jacket if you are going :)

There's a train travel from Alishan to another higher peak to watch sun rise which costs NT 150 per person. You can take the train from Alishan Train Station and its approximately 20 mins. There are tour guides over there by Alishan to explain and tell you stories as well as where the sun will rise but its in mandarin.

There are guest houses and hotels at Alishan as well. They have travel vans and trains available at your choice to travel around the park.

Visited March 2013
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“Our favourite part of the trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Unfortunately it was also the shortest stay of our trip. In retrospect, I would have cut back time at some of our other locations to stay longer here. We arrived moments too late to take the minibus from the HSR station which only leaves twice a day. So we took a shuttle bus from the HSR station to Chiayi TSR station (about half an hour). From the other side of the station to where the bus stops, there is a ticket office where tickets for the narrow-gauge rail used to be sold. Just opposite from this and near the taxi rank, is a ticket booth which sells tickets for the bus up to Alishan. I believe the last bus is at this time (2:10) so take that into consideration when planning to go there. It was about a three hour bus trip from there to Alishan. It was fascinating watching the change of scenery and feeling the change in temperature. Coming from a mountainous area in Australia myself, it felt very much like home as the weather became very misty. The trees went from coconut palms and banana trees to pines and oaks. We arrived in Alishan at about 5:30 and found our hotel fairly easily (Alishan Dengshan which I also highly recommend). In the evening we ate at the open restaurant with the lazy Susan's in the middle of the tables (sorry I can't remember the name). The food was good, especially the soup.

The next morning we woke up early to catch the train to see the sunrise. Even though we got to the station by 5:45 am , there was a long queue and we had to stand for the half hour trip. There was some pleasant music on the train. The sunrise was not especially impressive due to cloud cover in the distance ( and not in the valley) but if we had had longer to stay there, I really would have liked to do some of the walks around there. Since the Chinese guide was shouting quite a lot, we decided to head back early to the train station to ensure we got a seat. As we returned, the clouds cleared and the sunrise/view was now spectacular. The forested areas seemed to be filled with good trails from what we could see from the train. Our bus back to Chiayi left at 9:00am so we could not walk around but if we ever come back to Taiwan, I would love to stay here at least a couple of weeks to relax and explore.

Visited December 2012
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