It took us about 3 hours to reached Alishan Mountains, half way up to the mountains, it was fogging and the roads totally covered by the mist. All we can see is misty white covered a large part of the mountains and the reserve. We got into park and found our way to check in our hotel, the tour company had booked us into a lousy village hotel, every where we can see dirt and spiderwebs around the walls and floors.
The staff working there were very friendly and we booked our additional trips to visit the reserve and morning sunrise with them. Our driver was not allow to take us into the reserve, it was a regulation set by the reserve, and we must wake up at 3.00 a.m. in the morning for this mini tour. We been offered 2 tours – one is by the train which we will see only the morning sunrise and the train trip and another more expensive tour which covered all the important landmarks in the Alishan and cost 3 to 4 times different.
Ailshan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and nature preserve in the mountains of Chiayi County. The reserve is about 415 square km in area which include wilderness, four villages, waterfalls tea plantation, Ailshan train station and hiking trails. This place is popular with tourists and mountain climbers, and it become one of the major landmarks in Taiwan.
Ailshan is well known for the sunrises, and on a beautiful day one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Ailshan and Yushan.
We went for our walk to the train station and in time to see the sunset, then we went to the local restaurant to have our dinner which they offered steamboat and various dishes as a package deal. Enjoyed our dinner and wine, we back to our hotel to have an early night for the next day excursion. When we reached our hotel, the place were full of butterflies and moths, I have never see such a great varieties of these before. So spent a great time time taking photos of the butterflies and moths and totally forgotten I need to wake up at 2.00 a.m. the next morning for the mini tour.