Tour: Ali Mountain



        Alishan (Ali Mountain) is the most famous scenic spot which is formed by Dawu Mountain range, Jian Mountain, Zhu Mountain and Ta Mountain. 18 large mountains, stretching from Nantou to Jiayi in two counties. It takes 4 hours by mountaineering train from Jiayi County to reach Alishan scenic spot. There are connected mountain peaks low and high, streams and ponds. Vertical and horizontal in the area, which have not only utter danger of sheer precipices and overhanging rocks, but also the elegance of flying waterfall in deep valleys. The highest peak is 2663 meters above sea level. The mountain is well known to the whole world for its four beautiful scenes of mystical tree, oriental cherry, a sea of clouds and sunrise, thus goes the saying; "Those who haven't been to Alishan can not know the beauty of Taiwan."

Every tourist for Alishan is interested in witnessing the majestic view of "Mystical Tree of Alishan". On the east side of the Mystical Tree Railway Station of the main Peak of Alishan, there stands a sturdy towering tree slightly slant. Although the main trunk is broken, yet the branches on the top are green and verdant. The tree is about 52 meters high and the diameter is about 23 meters, which needs ten more people to jointly embrace it. It is estimated that its high age is 3000 odd years, a king tree in Asia.

In the evening, there appears often the magnificent sea of clouds in Alishan. Reaching the terrace at the peak, when one looks far into the distance, he can see the white clouds emerging form valleys and hovering with wind. Sometimes it looks like a vast expense of water drowning mountains and peaks, making pinnacles and tops of trees above turn out like floating islets. Sometimes it looks like waves breaking and foaming with tides high and low. Sometimes it looks like earth covered with cotton, and you feel a vast expanse of whiteness under you feet. When it is fine day, the verdant sunset-bathed sea of cloud glitters in different colors, dark-brown, apricot pink, sapphire blue, bright red and dark green, all changeable without end, it appears more mystical and attractive.

Related Link: Alishan National Scenic Area



        阿里山全區海拔位於1400至2600公尺之間,橫跨熱、暖、溫、寒四帶,其中以溫帶林區的紅檜原始林最受矚目。大片森林所散發出豐沛的芬多精,使遊客漫步其中可以享受有益於身體的天然SPA。若搭乘火車則如置身於自然博物館,尤其三次螺旋環繞及第一分道的Z字形爬升,更是難忘的經驗。

阿里山絢爛奪目的日出以及氣勢磅礡的雲海及晚霞,也是許多遊客慕名而來的原因。每當夕陽西下,晚霞之景即刻烙印眼前,不同於日出的大器,晚霞帶來更多的是寧靜之中的美感。而盤繞在阿里山的雲海層層疊疊,在日出及落日時分別呈現不同的風貌,尤其每年秋季,當有冷鋒過境之時,其雲海之勢更顯壯麗。

阿里山國家風景區中佔地最大的為阿里山森林遊樂區。遊樂區內許多著名的景點如姐妹潭、慈雲寺、貴賓館(蔣公行館)、樹靈塔、高山植物園、塔山斷崖、石猴、三代木、受鎮宮、三兄弟、象鼻木、光武檜、高山博物館及眠月支線鐵路都是到阿里山旅遊不可錯過的景點。