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TWD $ 9,600 up

Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour

Taiwan | Chiayi |

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2 day
6~8 for a group
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Language: Chinese、English
TWD $ 9,600 up
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About the tour

Travel to Chiayi City in southern Taiwan to take the Alishan Forest Railway and experience the "highest” narrow-gauge mountain railway in Asia.

Special arrangement for railway fans: An up-close look at how Forest Railway rolling stock is coupled and grouped into trains, and how repair work is done. A very rare glimpse into the daily workings of this railway!

During a visit to the Alishan Forest Railway Garage Park, railroad enthusiasts will be led by a professional guide to see the retired classic trains and repair parts in the depot, learn about the characteristics of different vehicles, and much more!

Railway + hiking trail! Stroll along the gentle, beautiful Shuishan Trail, admire the remains of a Forest Railway branch line on the way, and towards the end of the trail you’ll meet towering giant trees that are up to 2,700 years old!

Do you want to know how train operators couple and assemble cars? Do you want to get a glimpse into how the operators repair and maintain the trains? As a passionate railway fan, you simply can’t miss out on this trip!
The Japanese planned and began construction on the Alishan Forest Railway in 1906 to transport timber. Today it is the only mountain forestry railway in Taiwan that is still in operation.

This 2D1N trip starts at Beimen Station on the Alishan Forest Railway lines. You’ll get exclusive on-site insights into the shunting operations, get access to the repair garage where you can see removed train parts, learn about the characteristics of different rolling stock, retired trains, and train construction methods and characteristics, and of course you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to take the wildest pictures from the best angles possible, to share with other railway fans!

In the early morning of the next day we will take the Alishan Forest Railway Zhushan line, which will take us to Taiwan’s highest train station, Zhushan Station, where we’ll enjoy the magnificent 360-degree panorama and Alishan sunrise!

- About the Accommodation|Alishan Accommodation-
# Accommodation Type: "Alishan Gou Hotel" or similar level of accommodation in Alishan National Forest Recreation Area; reservations will be made according to the situation.
# Room type: Website price is for a two persons room.
# Number of occupants: 2 adults
# If you need a 3 or 4 persons room, additional fees will be charged (no adjoining-room combination policy)

- About the costs|Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience 2-Day Trip-
# Infants under 2 years old: only insurance and administrative service fees are charged.
# Children 2-6 years old: no extra bed, but meals, vehicle, activities, and insurance fees are charged.
# Children over 7 years old: full adult price.

- Scenic Highlights -
▲ Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
The Alishan Mountain Range is one of the five largest mountain ranges in Taiwan. However, “Alishan,” which means “Ali Mountain,” is in fact not a single mountain, but rather refers to the entire mountain range. The area has been home to a rich stock of Taiwan red cypresses and Taiwan yellow cedars since ancient times. From 1912 until the late 1960s this was the site of the largest forestry center in all of Taiwan. The Giant Trees Plank Trail within the recreation area currently has two sections. Walking along the trail, you’ll encounter 36 red cypress giant trees that have survived through the centuries, which are reminders of the magnificence of these sacred trees.

▲ Alishan Forest Railway "Beimen Station On-Site Shunting Operations"
The Alishan Forest Railway is currently the "highest” narrow-gauge mountain railway in Asia. Traditional manual coupling is still used today on the railway for rolling stock formation. The manual coupling requires greater manpower, and tests operator skills and experience for successful completion of connection operations. Operators’ every move, their concentrated expressions when at work, and the distinctive noises created during coupling of rolling stock are the uniquely fascinating aspects of these operations for railway fans.

▲ Alishan Forest Railway Garage Park
The Alishan Forest Railway Garage Park, located near Chiayi Railway Station, contains the headquarters repair factory, which houses a variety of locomotives and factory equipment. Here you can get up close to admire several decommissioned steam trains, diesel locomotives, power railcars, as well as freight cars, and also have a look at the turntables used for changing the direction of locomotives. These many highlights make this a definite must-see spot for any true railway fan!

▲ Hinoki Village
Originally a dormitory cluster for officials built by the Japanese Alishan-region forestry authority, the buildings here are mainly constructed of Alishan cypress wood. In days past, this was a place where people lived and busily interacted. The village covers an area of about 3.4 hectares, and consists of nearly 30 Japanese-style wooden buildings. Each single brick, tile, and plank helps describe the texture of life for forestry-sector personnel over the past century. During your visit you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the early days of Alishan forestry development.

▲ Shuishan Trail
The Shuishan Trail brings together the heritage Alishan Forest Railway and millennia-old giant trees. It is like walking through a forest time tunnel. During a slow walk along the railroad trail you’ll find a man-made forest of Taiwan red cypresses and cedars along both sides of the railway, creating fresh air that is a perfect invitation to completely relax. The trail’s old empty platform and hoary iron bridge create an even more romantic ambiance. Your hike ends amidst 2,700-year-old giant trees, immersed in the quietude of the forest. The powerful life force encountered fills the visitor with a sense of awe.

Activity process

Day 1

08:00 AM – 08:15 AM Forest Railway, Beimen Station (Meeting Point)

08:15 AM – 11:00 AM Beimen Station Train Shunting Yard

Take train to Chiayi Railway Station to observe tracks of different widths

Take train back to Beimen Station

Walk to Alishan Forest Railway Garage Park: guided tour of repair factory and park

Chiayi Forestry Materials Factory

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM Hinoki Village (Cypress Forest Life Village)

Lunch (local-style light meal)

01:00 PM – 03:00 PM Route (Chiayi City > Recreation Area)

03:00 PM – 05:30 PM Alishan Electric Bus (Terminal Station - Xianglin Station)

Giant Trees Plank Trail

Shenyi Waterfall / No. 28 Giant Tree

05:30 PM – 06:00 PM Check In

06:00 PM – 07:00 PM Dinner (Chinese banquet-style cuisine)

Day 2

04:00 AM – 04:30 AM Take Forest Railway branch line to Zhushan (Zhaoping Station > Zhushan Station)

04:30 AM – 05:00 AM Route(Zhushan Station > Mt. Ogasawara Viewing Lot)

05:00 AM – 06:00 AM Watch sunrise at Mt. Ogasawara Viewing Lot

06:00 AM – 08:00 AM Breakfast (Mountain Ali Tea No. 35) / Alpine Botanical Garden

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Zhushan Forest Road(2K)

Zhushan Footpath(0.89K)

09:00 AM – 11:00 AM Shuishan Trail -- Shuishan Giant Tree

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Check Out

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Route (Recreation Area > Fenqihu)

12:30 PM – 01:15 PM Lunch (Fenqihu boxed lunch)

01:15 PM – 02:30 PM Fenqihu Garage

02:30 PM – 04:50PM Alishan Forest Railway Main Line (Fenqihu Station > Chiayi Railway Station)

04:50PM Forest Railway, Chiayi Railway Station

Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
Chiayi | Railway fan exclusive:Alishan forest railway cultural experience| 2-Day Tour
- In order to ensure the safety of all tourists as well as the quality of the overall tour experience, participants must be sure to obey all instructions from the tour guide, and not leave the group without permission. Due to considerations regarding personal fitness, safety, and group return time, all matters will be handled with “tour guide direction” as the core principle. If at any time a participant leaves the group without permission, or ignores efforts at dissuasion, all costs and legal responsibilities that may arise shall be borne in full by the departing individual.
- Participants should be at least 3 years of age, children 3 to 8 years old must be accompanied by guardians, and seniors over 80 years of age must be accompanied by family members.
- As the destination consists mostly of a natural environment with wet and slippery trails, make sure to wear light and comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes. When walking on the trail steps, be particularly careful and pay attention to your safety.
- Generally, a chartered nine-seater van will bring you to and from the destination. Please gather at the designated Meeting Point on time on the day of the activity. In the event a participant must leave the group or cannot meet due to personal reasons, no refund will be granted.
- Please prepare your own sun protection, raingear, drink bottle, photography equipment, and any personal medicines you may need.
- The itinerary may be adjusted slightly depending on the time of the tour, the weather conditions on the day, or other special and/or unforeseeable factors.
- Activity group formation: In the event that there are not enough participants for a specific trip to form a group, you will be notified before the trip to reschedule, or you will receive a full refund. In certain cases of force majeure such as typhoons, earthquakes, etc., the travel agency may require cancellation of the trip.
- In order to allow mountain forest lovers to fully enjoy the land, all participants must strive to avoid impacting the forest environment, so please abide by the Leave No Trace (LNT) code: adequate planning and preparation in advance, walking and camping only in appropriate locations, garbage disposal only in a proper eco-protection manner, maintaining the original appearance of the environment, minimizing the impact of fire on the environment, respecting wildlife and plants, and consideration of others.
- In order to prevent the spread of rabies, visitors are prohibited from bringing mammals such as dogs and cats into the National Forest Recreation Area.
Cost details

The cost includes :

- Professional Chinese-speaking driver
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Fuel cost for 9-seater van
- Road tolls
- Guided Commentary Service
- 1st Day: Lunch, Dinner
- 2nd Day: Breakfast, Lunch
- 1 night accommodation
- Package travel insurance
- National Forest Recreation Area admission ticket

The cost does not include:

Any expenses which are not specifically listed within this trip offer, out-of-pocket expenses, or any expenses additionally derived from the itinerary.

Cancellation clauses

If make cancellation 41 days prior the departure day, 95% of tour fee will be refunded.

If make cancellation 31-40 days prior the departure day, 90% of tour fee will be refunded.

If make cancellation 21-30 days prior the departure day, 80% of tour fee will be refunded.

If make cancellation 2-20 days prior the departure, 70% of tour fee will be refunded.

If make cancellation 1 day prior the departure day, 50% of tour fee will be refunded.

If make cancellation at departure day, no tour fee will be refunded.

If the application for changing departure date is due to personal factors, it will be treated as cancellation and will be handled in accordance with the above cancellation policy.

If the activity is suspended due to the cause which can not be ascribed to the organizer, no refund will be issued. 

Tripbaa will inform you of postponement or refund if there is any force majeure. 

Meet point:
Beimen Forest Railway Station, 8:00 AM
Beimen Forest Railway Station, 8:00 AM
Transportation to and from the designated Meeting Point must be arranged by participants themselves.

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