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Alishan Forest Railway

Chiayi, Taiwan
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Till wrote a review Aug 2019
Langelsheim, Germany77 contributions5 helpful votes
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From Chiaj to Fenchihu and return. It was a wonderful experience, shaking like a boat in the waves (if you got travel sickness be careful) fantastic views over the mountains nearby, a lot of tunnels and - as all over Taiwan - friendly and helpful staff...
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Date of experience: August 2019
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TWongAiea wrote a review Apr 2018
AIEA103 contributions39 helpful votes
We took the Alishan Forest Railway to see the sunrise. Since we stayed at Alishan House we had to take the shuttle down to the train station at about 4:40 am. When we got to the train station there was a long line to get on the train. Don't be discouraged since the line went pretty quick. We made it to see the sunrise then hiked up the trail from there. We didn't know that the train only ran until 7:05am and it was already 7:20am so we had to walk down to our hotel. It was an easy hike down to our hotel. It may have taken us an hour or so. But be aware in case you were limited on time.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Cecile wrote a review Dec 2017
19 contributions11 helpful votes
This train is inside the forest park which can take you to 3 stations: 1. Chu shan (once a day for sunrise watching; departure schedule varies depending on the time the will rise that day; NT150 per person one way) 2. Sacred tree (several and regular trips every 30mins, up to 4:30pm; NT100) 3. Chaoping (nearest station NT100/person, one way; with several and regular trips, i think every 30mins; same with Sacred tree ends at 4:30pm)
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Date of experience: December 2017
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David B wrote a review Aug 2017
Rayong, Thailand9813 contributions1150 helpful votes
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During the Japanese colonisation of Formosa (modern day Taiwan), the Alishan Forest was extensively logged for its valuable cedar, cypress and other pine woods, which were shipped back to Japan. To facilitate the extraction of these huge logs, a series of narrow gauge railways were built With the Japanese withdrawal after World War Two, the logging stopped. But more recently the railway has been put back into use for the increasing numbers of local and international tourists who are attracted to the stunning natural wonder of Alishan Forest. The train will take you from lower levels of Alishan up another 1,000 meters. You can then leisurely follow the many boardwalk and stone trails back down the mountain.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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yyzvoyageur wrote a review Dec 2016
toronto110 contributions58 helpful votes
I took this train downhill from Fenqihu to Jiayi traditional train station (non HSR). It was a unique experience at a crawling speed for sightseeing, getting a different view from the one uphill on the bus. It twists and turns gently into more remote forests than the highyway with more inhabitants alongside, and indeed more comfortable than the bus. One can hike on certain mountain trails criss crossing with the railway track and catches this train at intermediate stations. This train could also be taken at the mountain top within the boundaries of the Alishan National Park.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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