I'm at Jhushan
Where on earth got last train departing at 6.30am in the morning?
So many people catching the sunrise
Train waiting for departure
Sea of clouds
We decided to head for 对高亭 which takes about 1.5hr to reach there. There is no other transportation other than our foot. We walked for almost 500m and went to the public toilet. On the way there, we didnt meet even a single person hence we decide to abort our plan and head back. It's better to safe than sorry.
We were the only users
We reached this junction where there is a warning sign. There is a signboard warning that there are tunnels ahead for the route to 石猴 and prohibits people from entering due to the 921 earthquake. Since we can't head to 石猴, we decided to head to the other direction but the problem is how to climb up to the bridge? We decided to turn back and see if there are stairs leading up to the original pathway.
We saw a map indicating our current position and we were only halfway to Greater Tashan 大塔山. It's 9am now and we are running out of water. We estimated that by the time we reached Greater Tashan and back, it would be around noon time. Hence we abandoned the plan to climb Greater Tashan. On the way back, we encounter 2 Taiwanese guys. They are from Taoyuan and one of them is a policeman. We chatted for a while and they remark that both of us are brave as we came all the way from Singapore to Taiwan then to Alishan, hehe...
Still a long way to go!!!
There are two scenic ponds in the forest and are named Two Sisters Pond (姐妹潭). There is a legendary story which goes: Once upon a time, there are two aboriginal sisters who both fell in love with one special man. Neither of them wanted to break either sister's heart while not being able to say no to the man, so they jumped into two separate ponds.
The Elder Sister Pond, the larger of the two, has a much-photographed octagonal little pavilion in the middle. I found quite a lot of algae in the water, this is why the pond looks so greenish.
Elder sister pond 姐潭
There are lots of specials trees here. You shall know what i mean below...
The signboard explains that it resembles a pair of dragon and phoenix but we couldnt figure it out how it resembles dragon and phoenix. Since they are mysterious and imaginary creatures, use your imagination!
Dragon & phoenix 龙凤配
Siang Lin Elementary School 香林国民小学
Shoujhen Temple 受鎮宮 is the largest temple in Alishan. The main gods worshiped here are the Syuantian Emperor, the Fude God and the Jhusheng Goddess. The exterior and first floor are imposing enough, but don't miss a visit to the second floor, featuring an incredibly ornate golden altar and a surreal room with 10,000 miniature Buddhas, all lit up with a single LED. Should i know it, I would have went in to take a look.
Shoujhen Temple 受鎮宮
Cuttlefish Sausages, Fish eggs sausages, Sakura wasabi sausages etc.
The big roots lying at the ground are the real roots of the first generation tree which was alive back to fifteen hundred years ago. Two hundred and fifty years after it wilted and died, a seed happen to land on it and took the nutrients out of the decaying old log to grow into the second generation tree. The latter ran through the its natural course and it took another three hundred years before the third generation tree started its turn. How amazing it is!
Three generation trees 三代树
Shops selling souvenirs
We rested until 1.30pm and headed to the Police station to take photgraph as the train which passed by the police station has certain timing.
Here comes the train
Cream puff for snack
What Alishan is famous for?
Du Li Shan spiraled climbing section
Z shaped climbing section
Different temperate zoneWhat each season is famous for
Flowers seen in Alishan
Too bad it's a painting...
Playing with the grass
Sun is setting
Moon is coming out