Starting from A-li-shan Railway Station, get ready to explore the gigantic trees!
There are many trails inside A-li-shan Forest Recreation Area. You can go clockwise or counter-clockwise, they'll all take you there. We advise you to take the forest trail entrance situated right side of the railway station.
Once you enter the forest trail, you can see many Taiwan Red Cypress Trees along the way. Some of them have a protective board covering the lower part of the tree. This is to prevent the tourists from touching and inadvertently peeling off the trees thereby shortening their life spans.
There are also Japanese cedar trees replanted at the site where Taiwan Red Cypress Trees were logged. Although the sun may get very bright at times when walking in the forest, it always feels fresh and cool.
It could be the misty fogs that are shielding the sunlight, or perhaps it could be the rich phytoncides in the air that soothe our senses.
==The buses are electric buses./公車是電動公車。==
Aside from Taiwan Red Cypress Trees, there are plenty of indigenous Taiwanese species unique to A-li-shan. Further along the forest trail, you will see Pleione Formosana and Taiwania Cryptomerioides. Continuing going uphill, you can head to Ecological Education Center.
Behind Ecological Education Center is Pleione Formosana Exhibit Hall. Inside the exhibit hall reminiscence of the Japanese colonial era, there is a wax figure warming itself up next to a stove.
Taking a picture with the wax figure makes you feel like you are all of a sudden in a Japanese drama scene fighting to survive in the cold winter snow!