CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH TSOU TRIBE AND UNFORGETTABLE SUNRISE
A 2 DAY 1 NIGHT GROUP TOUR
Our Alishan 2D1N Group Tour invites you to chase the “Five Wonders” of Alishan which include the Forest Railway, Shenmu (sacred trees), Sea of Clouds, Sunrise and Glowy sunset. Other Alishan beauties such as the Sister Pond and Shoushen Temple also offer splendid views.
During this trip, we also take a stroll around the century-old Fenchihu Old Street and have a close encounter with Tsou Tribes at YuYuPas Tsou Cultural Tribe Park.
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✓ Our travel secretaries are all former flight attendants.
✓ Expert local guides.
✓ 40 professional photographers.
✓ Tour guide system.
✓ No forced shopping stops.
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Fragrant Cherry Blossoms at Alishan
A variety of Japanese cherry blossoms were introduced to Alishan in the early 20th Century when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Nowadays, during the annual Alishan Cherry Blossom Festival in March and April, flower lovers flock to the Alishan forests to enjoy the start of spring.
SUNRISE AT ZHUSHAN
This is a grade-a sunrise watching spot that will definitely become the highlight of your Taiwan vacation!
If lucky, we might catch another of the five wonders in Alishan — the spectacle known as the “sea of clouds.”
Zhushan Station has the highest altitude of all the railway stations in Taiwan. It is now a popular destination for those early risers that come here to chase the sunrise.
Alishan House is a historic hotel with 100 year age. Moreover, this place has housed many former Taiwanese presidents. This is one of the top choices for spending a night at Alishan.
THE BEST OF ALISHAN (ALI MOUNTAINS)
Jyumucun Forest Road is a raised wood-planked trail that winds through a forest of enormous Red Cypresses.
The 1,000-meter path also leads to the old Alishan Shenmu (sacred tree) which was toppled by lightning. Guangwu Cypress can also be found by following the Jyumucun Forest Road, this tree is named “the new Alishan Shenmu”; it is 2,300 years old, with a height of 45 meters and a trunk circumference of 12.3 meters. The Sister Ponds are supposed to be the manifestation of two aboriginal girls who died for love. The two ponds are about 50 meters apart. The larger is 528 square meters in size, with an island on which there is a cypress tree stump that has been converted into a pavilion. It can be reached by a bridge from the edge of the pond. The second pond is only 66 square meters in size. To its right is one of the most densely grown natural cypress forests in the whole area. With nearly one hundred years of history, Shoushen Temple attracts countless worshippers and visitors from different parts of Taiwan on the birthday of Xuantian Shangdi to witness the deity’s miracle. The temple is thus swarmed with crowds. The temple was reconstructed in 1969. Around the birthday of Xuantian Shangdi, armor-like magic butterflies must come to celebrate the birthday for the deity; the large recorded number was over two dozen at a time. They stopped on the deity’s beard, which was considered as a miracle to believers.
SMILEY PUPPET COMEDY CLUB
As their name suggests, this fun-filled show is set to start your vacation with a smile!
This comedy group is endorsed by the Chiayi County Cultural Tourism Bureau, its members are mainly senior citizens, with an average age of 72 years old. Smiley Puppet Comedy Club focuses on interpreting old Taiwanese fables such as anecdotes of the beloved deity Matsu.
FENCHIHU OLD STATION
The world renowned Alishan Mountain Railway is one of the few mountain railways in the world.
It was originally built to transport timber yet now transport tourists through the forest. Fenchihu is the midway point and the largest station in the Alishan Forest Railway. Located at an altitude of 1,405 meters, this was where the old steam trains changed locomotive and the crew took a rest. There’s a train museum nearby the station, where replicas of old steam trains take visitors back to the golden days of the Alishan Forest Railway.
YuYuPas Mafei Restaurant
Mafei Restaurant is located in YuYuPas Tsou Cultural Tribe Park. The name Mafei means “delicious” in Tsou dialect.
YUYUPAS TSOU CULTURAL TRIBE PARK
The YuYuPas Tsou Cultural Tribe Park is located at about 1,300 meters above sea level and is surrounded by extensive tea gardens.
Originating from the Tsou language, YuYuPas means “very rich.” Founded with the goal to preserve the unique culture of the Tsou Tribe, this park offers bright and energetic Tsou musical performances and deliciously authentic Tsou cuisines.
Unique Afternoon Tea
Taiwan has many unique coffee shops and tea houses that are thoughtfully designed and blend artistically with nature.
Spending a lazy afternoon at a trendy coffee house has now become a must-do while visiting Taiwan! Ajong 23 Coffee: The owner of this unusual bed and breakfast, Ajong, is a Tsou local. He designed this house by imagining the everyday environments of the Tsou people 500 years ago. Entering here is like taking a time machine, which makes you forget the hurries of modern life. Ajong attracts many art lovers, including Japanese singer-songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama, who once stayed here during a vacation in Taiwan. (only visited on weekdays) Shanmen Stone Coffee: Sitting upon a fish pond, Shanmen Stone Coffee appears like a hidden fishing village. The house was built with recycles materials such as old wooden doors, creating a wobbly, rustic appearance. The interior is generously decorated with old posters, barber shop chairs, and antique toys. Enjoying a fragrant cup of coffee by the water, listening to old Taiwanese pop ballads is an experience you won’t forget. (only visited on weekends)
A local favorite, this restaurant serves such a delicious mutton hot pot that people visit here again and again, even in a hot weather.
Day 1: Fenchihu Old Street / Alishan House
07:00 Gather up at Exit no.2 of Taipei Metro Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, and board the comfortable tour bus that will accompany your trip.
07:30 Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board. Fuhang Soy Milk is a renowned eatery that attracts a scary-long queue every day. You will also receive the Tour System headphones and a complimentary L’Occitane toiletry set. (On Mondays Fuhang Soy Milk is not open, so you will receive breakfast from Mos Burger instead.)
10:30 Arrival at Chiayi Taiwan High-Speed Rail
11:00 Enjoy a show stage performed by Smiley Puppet Comedy Club. This is an adorable show that makes a perfect opening for our trip!
12:30 Lunch at Palm Lakes Resort, creative seafood cuisine at the foot of Alishan Mountains.
14:30 Stroll around the shop-packed Fenchihu Old Street with the company of a local guide. This Old Street is consisted of stone stairs and paving, granting it the nickname of “the Chiufen of Southern Taiwan.”
16:00 Take a train towards tonight’s lodging location.
17:00 Check in Alishan House.
17:30 Dinner at the hotel.
19:00 We will start our tour of the second day very early, so have a good night rest!
Day 2: Zhushan Sunrise Spot / Alishan Shenmu / Yuyupas
04:50 Board train towards Alishan Train Station. The breathtaking views of sunrise surely worth waking up so early! Watching the sunrise at Alishan is a must-have romantic experience.
05:20 We arrive at Alishan Train Station and reach the famous sunrise spot, Zhushan.
07:30 Breakfast at Alishan House Hotel.
08:30 Take a hike along the Jyumucun Forest Road and visit the sacred tree known as Alishan Shenmu. After learning those touching stories springing from the Sisters Pond, we will enjoy this picturesque sight in an even more romantic light.
12:30 Have lunch at Mafei Restaurant, located in YuYuPas Tsou Cultural Tribe Park; the name Mafei means “delicious” in Tsou dialect.
13:30 At YuYuPas Tsou Cultural Tribe Park, we enjoy a welcoming ceremony then enter the exhibition hall to learn about the unique Tsou culture and listen to some captivating folk tales.
14:00 YuYuPas was founded for the preservation of Tsou Tribe culture and thus the displayed musical performances are carefully designed to include the best heritage.
15:00 Weekdays: Afternoon tea at Ajong 23 Coffee. This B&B was designed as an imitation of the real living environments of the Tsou people 500 years ago. Weekends: Afternoon tea at Shanmen Stone Coffe, a very scenic shop built upon a lake.
18:00 Dinner: Tainan Danzai Noodles, which is located at Taichung. A restaurant opened for more than 50 years. Let’s have a feast here.
20:00 Departure from Alishan and return to Taipei.
22:30 Arrival at Taipei and end of this tour.
*On special circumstances, dining and lodging location might be changed into a different place of the same value.
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