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“Beautiful, Easy Hiking”

Ali Mountain (Alishan)
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Beautiful, Easy Hiking”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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“Be inspired by the grandeur of the mountain”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Visited Alishan as part of a tour package, and I loved every minute of it. I visited the mountain in January, so it was still cold, but the Sakura and Magnolia trees were starting to bloom lovely flowers. It was also less crowded, and my husband and I could listen to the insects and absorb the grandeur of the place.

We had a guide so we did not have to worry about train tickets (the ride only lasts about 7 minutes but well worth it) and timings. We walked around admiring the trees and small lakes. Not too many tourists so we had a great time. It can be cold though, so bring a jacket if you intend to visit in January/ February.

Hopefully you'll get to ride the red cypress train instead of the usual metal ones. We managed to get one made of the wood and the train spelled so lovely.

When you are there, you will see shops selling tea, and wasabi. We bought a tin for NT$600 and saw that the price was reasonable compared to those being sold in Taipei. My guide told us to skip the wasabi snacks because they are not made in the mountain, so not very meaningful. You can make up your own mind. We bought some to snack on, just because we were feeling peckish ;)

My only wish was that I could have stayed the night to catch the sunrise. It would have been such a splendid sight. If you have the time and transport, do try!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank kokonuk
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Small place with nice forest trail”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Alishan is a small area up in the mountains, so if you're planning a trip during winter be prepared for cold weather. It's a small area where you can walk along forest trails and enjoy the scenery and fresh air, or take a train to see sunrise atop the mountains. Most of the mountain can be reached by foot or train. Expect loads of tourist and do book accommodation way in advance of you're planning to visit during peak holiday season.

Tip: If you're taking bus to Alishan, make sure you prepare some motion sickness medication.

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Singapore, Singapore
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“Amazing view but crowded”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Reach there by taxi at around 10am and driver recommended us to take the tour van which will drop us at the designated places but we ended up decided to walk around by foot. Tons of china tourists visited the place and made alot of noises while taking photos. We had either to pass through them or walk faster to the next place to take photos or else you will have to wait till them finishing their phototaking. The boardwalks along the large trees are pleasant experience where there're trees that are more than 1000 years old. We stopped by the Shehmu and took the forest train down to the Alishan main entrance. The train is nice experience minus the china tourists that pushed you to get a seat in the train. The whole journey can be more pleasant if other tourists can able to lower down their voice and be considerate towards others.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

This is a historic destination but overly commercialised. This place received hordes of tourists on package tours on a daily basis and it totally ruined the peacefulness in the mountain. I would think the mountains in Cingjing is better than this destination. I should have stop travel at Cingjing and turned East towards Hualian.

Visited December 2012
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