The Shen-mu is no doubt one of the landmarks of A-li-shan.
It's still the center of attention for many tourists although it is now laid next to the train station after falling. We can only imagine how spectacular the Shen-mu would have been if it were still standing tall!
Xiang-lin Grade School
Walk up the second plank trail from Shen-mu to explore the rest of the giant trees. On your way, you will see the tallest school in Taiwan Xiang-lin Grade School at an elevation of 2195 meters.
Next to Xiang-lin Grade School is a museum. There is a display of the tools used throughout the history of Forest Railway and Logging Development inside the museum.
To the side of the museum is an one-of-a-kind Taiwania Cryptomerioides tree. This particular tree is indigenous to Taiwan and one of the few surviving Taiwania Cryptomerioides trees in the mountain.
Thousand-Year Taiwan Red Cypress Tree and Xiang-lin Shen-mu
Continuing going uphill, you will see two giant Taiwan Red Cypress Trees that are not numbered. Thousand-Year Taiwan Red Cypress Tree is 2000 years of age, and Xiang-lin Shen-mu is 2300 years of age.
Due to Xiang-lin Shen-mu's gigantic size, it was given the name Second Generation Shen-mu to perpetuate the Shen-mu name after the first Shen-mu had fallen.
Beneath Xiang-lin Shen-mu is a flat platform where people host Shen-mu wedding ceremony once a year. Couples, don't forget to take a picture with Xiang-lin Shen-mu!