Alishan is a beautiful place. It's colder there than the coast since the elevation is about 2200m. We drove there from Kaohsiung in about 2.5 hours. Getting into the park, we had to pay about NT$150 per person, and NT$100 for the car. Once you get in, you basically have to park your car since you can't drive around anywhere. The hiking is easy; it's not too steep, and the trails are paved and often elevated off the ground so you don't even get your shoes dirty. There are facilities like bathrooms and restaurants around. You can take a small tourist train around to different places on the mountain, but you can walk as well since it's not too big. If you want to take the train to view the sunrise in the morning, you have to buy tickets the day before. I wish we'd known that because we couldn't get on the train in the morning. It's a little difficult to get information if you don't speak Chinese. I can't, and getting information about things once in the park was challenging.