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
3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $442
Duration: 3 days
5 Star-6 Days Taiwan Bus Tour (Sun moon lake, Alishan, Kenting, Taitung, Taroko) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $707
Duration: 6 days
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area Reviews
Was a wonderful experience. Loved the nature. Would love to go back and spend more time in the park. more »
It was raining the whole day, we missed the sunrise due to heavy rain. Finally walked the trails in the rain with umbrellas. The trails are not that long, you can probably finish everything in 2... 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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