At Alishan National Forest Recreation Area you, can hike in the scenic mountain surroundings, and take in nationally renowned views, enhanced by the area's unique climate. Covering an area of 1,400 ha (3,459 ac), Alishan rests 2,200 m (7,217 ft) above sea level and has a climate that stays fairly constant all year round, with an average temperature of 10.6 C (51 F) and a humid, cloudy atmosphere. A draw for those looking to escape the heat of the summer, this temperate weather also allows for some picturesque photo opportunities, observing seas of clouds and distinct Alishan sunrises. Around the area, you'll also have the chance to take in the region's historic narrow gauge railway and its accompanying wooden station, the largest of its kind in the country. The village harbors souvenir shops and indigenous dishes to sample, and nature-lovers can take strolls into the wild, with a 4 km (2.4 mi) trail dedicated to bird-watching. The weather can get very cool year-round, so be sure to bring along something warm to wear no matter when you visit. Plan to visit Alishan National Forest Recreation Area during your Alishan vacation using our convenient Alishan road trip app .
Tours to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
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Alishan National Forest Recreation Area Reviews
阿里山森林遊樂區的步道很好走，走了1.5小時後。可以來到姐妹潭，也會穿過巨木群。還可以坐阿里山森林小火車，體驗軌道之旅。 more »The walkway in the Alishan Forest Iswell is very good, after 1.5 hours. You can come to the sister pond, and you can wear a huge group of trees. You can also take a trip to the Alishan Forest Fire.
Not all the time you can witness sea of clouds. We saw sunrise and it's like any other sunrise in the world. Just okay. Not worth the pain of almost puking from the windy road up to alishan and waking... more »
Gorgeous views! Huge trees, over 1000 years old. Endless scapes of beauty and tranquility. Always lots of people. We enjoyed the street food and stayed at one of the cheaper hotels in the park. Cheaper but still clean and excellent service (we rented an overcoat for the cold sunrise). Very little English.
Overall the park is fantastic, climbing out of the Taiwanese jungle and into the alpine ecosystem of Taiwan's formidable mountain ranges. This is one of the few places in Taiwan where old-growth forest (cypress and cedar trees) can be easily witnessed, and some of the specimens are amazing... some estimated at more than 2,000 years old. The whole park is easy to wander around, with well marked trails. It's one of my favorite spots in Taiwan. One point: holidays can be INCREDIBLY busy, with parking difficult to find, and lines at the park entrance over 1 hour long... It's best to go on a non-holidays weekend.
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