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2020-02-242020-02-24

Day Three

Alishan

Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan

After an early rise and chinese breakfast I headed to the bus stop for Bus 7322 to Alishan, a place high up in the mountains. The bus takes between 2.5-3 hours to make it's way up the mountains through windy roads.

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After paying the park entrance fee I made my way to the train station to take the Alishan Forest Railway train to Zhaoping, a short ride away.

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From this station I wandered around through the park for a couple of hours.

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The sun was out and it was a really nice day to be away in Nature.

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The park is famous for it's old tree's, some of which are over 2000 years old.

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Normally the place is quite busy, but this Monday there weren't a lot of people around and if you ventured of the main tails there was hardly anyone there.

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And venture off I did, while walking around I noticed a trail that would take me up to a mountain top, which could be a great view. The trail hugged the railway line and went over very mountainous terrain with lots of steps. After a while I noticed people following the train tracks, which were nice and flat and decided to to the same.

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This made for a much faster walk :). It was around 3:30 when the clouds started rolling in. The last bus was at 17:10 and I was about halfway down the 2-hour trail. The starting point of the trail was about half an hour from the bus stop so this was cutting it close. About two-thrids to the top the clouds covered everything, continuing wouldn't be for the amazing views, so I turned around and headed back to the park entrance.

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From the park entrance it was another 2-3 hour bus ride down to Chiayi, where I had to get back to the hotel to get my bag that I was able to store there for the day. Luckily the hotel is near the train station, from where I took a 2-hour train to Kaohsiung. It was round nine in the evening when I arrived, time for dinner at a local night market.

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