Ali Mountain

Located in the northeast part of the Chiayi County in Taiwan, Ali Mountain is in fact the general name of the eighteen hills including Zhu Hill and Tower Hill. Its highest peak is Tower Hill with the height of 2,663 meters (about 8,736 feet). Ali Mountain is world famous for its 'five rare sites' including the Sunrise, the Ali Mountain Forest Railway, the famous Alishan Sacred Tree, the Grand Sea of Clouds, and the Flamboyant Cherry Blossom. It is said that one who has not been there will never know its wonderful beauty.

The sunrise is a must for everyone who comes here. Many have said "to miss viewing the sunrise on Ali Mountain is like returning empty after entering the Golconda." The best place to view the sunrise is on the top of Zhu Hill. The place and time of the sunrise are different due to the changes of the four seasons. If you plan to view the sunrise it is best to ask the local people the time of sunrise, so you don't miss this magnificent opportunity. When the sun is rising slowly from the peak, it sends out the golden rays for a short time which provides a spectacular scene.

The Ali Mountain Forest Railway is regarded as one of three mountain climbing railways. Traveling along the 72-kilometer-long railway, the train climbs from 30 meters (about 98 feet) to 2,450 meters (about 8,038 feet) above sea level. Its gradient is so great that it is rarely seen in the whole world. From the bottom of the mountain to the top, the train crosses four forest areas – tropic, subtropical, temperature and the frigid zone. While climbing up the forest scenery is spectacular including eucalypt trees, coconut trees, conifers and the Frigid Zone forest.

There is a Chinese Juniper within the Ali Mountain forest area, with some 53 meters (about 174 feet) high, and 23 meters (about 75 feet) wide. This Juniper is so huge that more than ten people can surround the circumference. It has a history of more than 3,000 years, thus is called Alishan Sacred Tree. The most wondrous tree is a 'three-generation' tree. The three generations of this tree exist in the same trunk. Now since the first and second generations have faded, the third generation is still flourishing. This tree is really a wonder of nature. The forest sea on Ali Mountain creates a relaxed and pleasant environment for the people living in the city nearby.

The sea of clouds and the cherry blossom should not be overlooked. If you want to avoid sunstroke, the comfortable climate in midsummer on Ali Mountain will be a good choice.

Ticket Information: 

Full-price ticket(non-holiday): NT$ 150
Full-price ticket for holidays: NT$ 200
Half-price ticket: NT$ 100
Full-price group ticket (more than 20 group visitors): NT$ 150
- Last updated on Jul. 26, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Ali Mountain
Asked by sleong from SINGAPORE | Nov. 04, 2023 19:30Reply
hows the weather in April 18 onwards, is it sunny
hows the weather in april 18 onwards, planning to go taipei 2024, is it very hot and sunny.
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Answered by Andrew | Nov. 05, 2023 21:50

Generally, the weather keeps cool and the temp ranges from 15-20C. It is suggested to prepare a sweater and a jacket.
Asked by marcus from IRELAND | Jul. 21, 2022 12:22Reply
what are the food crop of local farmers in Taiwan. What time of year are tealeves picked ?
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Answered by Zoe | Jul. 26, 2022 01:49

The main food crops include rice, wheat and corn. They pick tea leaves all year round. Those picked in April and May are spring tea, those in June to August are summer tea, those in September and October are autumn tea and those in November to January are winter tea.
Asked by Wenchie Irysh Ochoco from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 11, 2019 09:13Reply
How to get to Alsihan? Since we will purchase high speed railway pass going to chiayi
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Answered by Nathan from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 16, 2019 01:10

There are direct tourist buses from Chiayi Railway Station to Alishan, which operate from 6:00 to 14:00 every hour.
Asked by Edwin Low from SINGAPORE | Nov. 29, 2018 19:17Reply
How to go from Taipei city to alishan?
Any good or inexpensive hotel or b&b?
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Answered by Tankard from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 29, 2018 22:38

You can take the bus Kuo-Kuang1835 at Taipei West Station to Alishan. The single-trip ticket fare is NT$ 620 and the running time is 6 hours. Or you can take the train from Taipei to Jiayi and then take the bus Line A or B to Alishan at Jiayi Railway Station. Alishan House is recommended to you and it is located at No.16 Xianglin Village, Jiayi County.
Asked by Gan Eng Hooi from MALAYSIA | Jul. 18, 2017 04:36Reply
Alishan Mountain Forest Railway
Do I have to book the tickets for this train in advance. If yes, where do I book this?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from USA | Jul. 18, 2017 22:28

You don’t have to book it in advance, you can buy it from the ticket office when you arrive the station.
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