Alishan: Taiwanese Mountain Resort immortalised by a song

阿里山的姑娘美如水 ,阿里山的少年壮如山

Alishan, a Tschou tribal village located in the central mountains of Taiwan, is one of the most famous Taiwanese tourist attractions in the Chinese world.  The popular and timeless 1970’s pop song, Alishan, which sang praises of the place’s beautiful maiden and handsome young men, has propelled this small hill station initially developed by the Japanese as a timber station into a renowned attraction amongst Asians.  We began the day in Chiayi, had a nice dip at a nearby hotspring known as Guanzhiling, then drove on to freezing 2’C Alishan through winding mountain roads.


We woke up at 5am this morning and got onto the quaint Japanese built steam train to the summit to watch a sunrise that Taiwanese tourism authorities described as one of the world’s top ten (no comments on the merit of the claim), before a very pleasant walk in the Alpine meadows and forest full of giant thousand year-old trees.  We ended our stay here with a Tschou tribal cultural performance before driving for 3+ hours to Sun Moon Lake.

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