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Address: No.168 Gaotie West Road, Taibao City, Chiayi County, Taiwan
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+886 5 310 7000

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Old-fashioned mountain train to go up Alishan

There aren't many mountain railways in the world, and much fewer in Asia, which makes this a desirable travel option if you're traveling in the region. In order to even arrive at... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

There aren't many mountain railways in the world, and much fewer in Asia, which makes this a desirable travel option if you're traveling in the region. In order to even arrive at Alishan (which means, "A-Li mountain"), most tourists nowadays take the 1+hour bus ride up, but the Alishan Forest Railway is truly the most beautiful way to ascend this... More 

Thank maryyeo
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The train ride is one of the few option routes to get to Alishan. Take a scenic slow train ride up. However, due the typhoon, the train only gets you to Fenchihu station. To get to Alishan, you need to take a bus, or grab a cab from Fenchihu. Train ride from Chiayi to Fenchihu is estimated to be two... More 

Thank Wendy T
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73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This small city / train (traditional, non HSR) station is the transport hub for travelling into Alishan Forest and the Yushan National Park. One can take the bus service running 10 times daily uphill, or the Alishan Forest Railway's narrow gauge train ending at Fenqihu running once or twice daily. In fact, if one travels into this city by high... More 

Thank yyzvoyageur
Miami, Florida
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485 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Lots of old train cars to see, not a whole lot of info. Good place to stop for half an hour, kids would enjoy greatly.

Thank joshua b
Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We stayed one night in Chiayi so that we can take the famous Alishan train from Chiayi to midway of Alishan. When we arrived, we found the ticket counter closed and there is only one train at 9am for weekday, Disappointment.

Thank Tony H
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85 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

Would have given chiayi train cum bus stations 5 stars if not because of the constant harassment from the old ladies who really followed you to the ticketing queue trying too hard to convince people to car pool in their taxis. The staff at the counters were professional and knowledge. After hearing our itinerary plan, they further advised us on... More 

Thank IveeLim
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41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

My friends and I get to know that's the only place where you can take public transport to Alishan. the receptionist at the counter provide us many useful information of places to visit.

1 Thank flyeverywheretomeeya
Bangkok, Thailand
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94 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2015

it's a center of the city of chiayi with old style building that seem like we are in good oldie time.

Thank patwns
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4 reviews
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Smaller of the HSR stations in Taiwan. MOS Burger is under construction leaving only Family Mart and Starbucks. Many rental car booths. Typically not very busy and easy to get in and out of.

Thank Kristin M
Singapore, Singapore
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111 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

This is the gateway to Fenchihu as the end station but it is quite worth the trip. Although you can get there faster by public bus, but it is a nicer feel to go by train. It will be a 2 hour train ride up to Fenchihu and those with motion sickness; I would recommend taking some pills as there... More 

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