Once you reach around the 70th kilometer stone, you are starting to enter the temperate forest zone.
A-li-shan Forest Recreation Area entrance
Misty clouds with rich phytoncides abound along the road. Let's enter the A-li-shan Forest Recreation Area ahead.
Finding a parking spot inside the park should be easy during non-holiday seasons. Once you get off the car, you are amidst the forest. Depending on the time of the day, it may be very foggy. Get ready to use your senses to experience the beauty of misty A-li-shan mountains and wonder of soul-soothing phytoncides!
A-li-shan Railway Station
There is a Seven Eleven next to the parking lot area. Right behind the Seven Eleven is the A-li-shan Railway Station.
停車場旁有家Seven Eleven。森鐵阿里山車站剛好在Seven Eleven後方。
This station currently operates two lines only within the A-li-shan Forest Recreation Area. The Zhu-shan Line takes you to the vantage point for sunrise and operates once a day; the Shen-mu Line takes you to the famous A-li-shan Shen-mu and operates throughout the day.
Shen-mu in Chinese means "Taiwan Red Cypress Trees over 1000 years old." The A-li-shan Shen-mu was the largest Taiwan Red Cypress Tree in A-li-shan.
After being struck by lightning, a good part of the tree had decayed and fallen several years ago. They decided to lay the whole tree down. A good part of the fallen tree is laid next to the Forest Rail Road Shen-mu Station to commemorate one of the largest Taiwan Red Cypress Trees in the world ever lived.
但被閃電擊中後, 幾年前部分樹體腐朽倒下。 決定全部放倒。倒木很大一 部分躺在神木站旁邊來紀念這全世界存活過最大的一棵紅檜.
You can grab a quick bite at the station entrance. The store here provides boiled eggs, waffles, hot tea, coffee, cocoa, etc.
It's especially convenient when you are here early in the morning to go watch sunrise. Due to lower temperature during that time, these hot food items will warm you up a little and perhaps satisfy some morning hunger.
The native Taiwanese Tsou's sacred mountain Ta-shan comes to view when you walk up to the lookout on the second floor. Sandwiched between green forests, Ta-shan is quite splendid with steep rock walls above. On the front-right side, you can also see the Seven Eleven we previously mentioned in the parking lot area.
The parking lot for tourist buses is on the front-left side. To the left side of the lookout, you can see some Taiwan Red Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old up close.
This is an opportunity to observe the leaves of these rare Taiwan Red Cypress Trees. The Taiwan Red Cypress Trees that you will see later are very tall, and the leaves are way up there. Believe us, you are going to see some gigantic Taiwan Red Cypress Trees in Giant Tree Plank Trail!