Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 2: Alishan/Fenqihu/Jiayi Wenhua Road NM

Day2:
Alishan/Fenqihu/Jiayi Wenhua Road NM

Checkout and bought sandwiches/soya milk near the train station. Milk tasted a little odd and funny.
Our breakfast - bacon/chicken sandwiches and soya milk which tasted funny
Before going to the bus station, took some pictures of area around the Jiayi Train Station and our motel. This is 嘉義市中山路 in the very early morning 530am
嘉義市中山路 in the very early morning 530am
This is the very basic motel we stayed 新高大飯店
This is the very basic motel we stayed 新高大飯店
嘉義市中山路 on the right 林森西路 on the left. Only the locals know the traffic rules. Very complex. Of course there is no taffic now!
嘉義市中山路 on the right 林森西路 on the left Only the locals know the traffic rules
Jiayi Front Railway Station 嘉義前車站
Jiayi Front Railway Station 嘉義前車站
Jiayi Bus Station - we took bus from this bus station to Alishan. The journey took ~2.5hours.
Jiayi Bus Station - took 610am bus to Alishan.  Journey took 2.5hrs
Slept most of the way. There was a longer break at Shizuo 石桌 stop. Reached Alishan around 830am. We paid an entrance fee of NT200/adult. My daughter paid NT100. She left the Youth Card in the motel but the gentleman at the entrance to Alishan gave her the discounted rate anyway!Roamed around the visitor centre, post office and shopping centres - pretty commercialized.
Alishan Shopping Street with Alishan Station in the background
Alishan Shopping Street with Alishan Station in the background
Alishan Shopping Street
Starbucks and 7-11
Starbucks and 7-11
Inside the shopping street
Alishan Shopping Street
阿里山 Visitor Centre
阿里山 Visitor Centre
阿里山 Visitor Centre  viewed from high ground
Back of train station
Back of train station
Alishan Post Office
Alishan Post Office
We choose to walk the giant tree trail巨木群棧道 . Took a van to the start of the trail where the Elephant like trunk is at NT50/person.
Elephant like trunk. Starting point of 巨木群棧道
Elephant Like Trunk
三代木-第一代
三代木-第一代 3generation tree - this is the first generation
Thousand Year Cypress Tree
Thousand Year Cypress Tree
There was a little museum where the exhibits are made from cypress. The smell was nice and strong.
Little museum where the exhibits are made of cypress wood  nice smell
Pagoda of the Tree spirit built by the Japanese
Pagoda of the Tree spirit built by the Japanese
Gaint Trees Wooden trail - 巨木群棧道
Gaint Trees Wooden trail - 巨木群棧道
Our trail was going downwards - thanks to my colleague who advised me to start from the elephant trunk.
The trail was going downwards
There are many Gaint Trees along the trail and they were numbered.
Looking back at the Wooden trail
End point was the Alishan's oldest fallen tree 阿里山神木 is and 神木站。
End of trail where 阿里山神木 lies
The other portion of 阿里山神木
神木站 ticket booth in the background
Railway - the 神木站 ticket booth in the background
神木站 Shenmu station
神木站 Shenmu station
Took a ride on the wooden train back to Alishan station (NT50/trip/person).
Train ticket from Alishan to Shenmu Station
Wooden Train that plys between alishan and shenmu station
阿里山Train Station
阿里山Train Staition
阿里山小火車 The small Alishan train, the world's remaining three!
阿里山小火車 The small Alishan train, the world's remaining 3
小火車
Took the Alishan train down to Fenqihu. The train ride was very rocky and super cold, colder than the temperature in Alishan. Sleep again most of the way. Only experience the pull-back for the 1st part of the journey. Ticket was at NT158/person
Alishan to Fenqihu Train Tickets
Reached Fenqihu after one and half hours. The familiar station.
 奮起湖Fenqihu Train Station
Had lunch at 阿良鐵枝路便當 -very delicious and yummy. Soup so so. Shop is closed on Thursdays.
阿良鉄支路便當
Walkign towards the very famous 阿良鉄支路便當
阿良鉄支路便當  Very yummy
After that, visited the 奮起湖車庫 or 奮起湖文史陳列室 and 老街.
奮起湖車庫
Fenqihu 奮起湖車庫Old Train Garage
奮起湖老街
奮起湖老街 Fenqihu old street
奮起湖老街 Fenqihu old street
奮起湖老街 Fenqihu old street
Houses around 奮起湖老街 Fenqihu old street
Part of the old street was burnt down due to a fire! So tents were used to shelter the shops! Also tried 草仔粿 - first stall under the makeshift tent - quite nice! Also tried the 愛玉. Very refreshing!
Makeshift tent as part of the old street was destroyed by fire recently
Walk around 四方竹, 好望角咖啡旁邊的步道, 木馬棧道. However, 台灣肖楠母樹林 was closed. Would have walked more if not for the hot sun and heavy backpack.
木馬棧道
木馬棧道 Horses used to use this trail to carry goods
好望角咖啡屋
好望角Coffee House
Took a cab down to Jiayi town for NT1200. On the way, stopped over at one of the many 石桌 tea plantation。
One of the many tea plantation in 石桌 (stone table)
Also visited 天長and 地久橋. Cab driver was kind enough to let us take our luggage from Shingao Motel and drove us to Chinatrust Hotel without additional charge
Check in Chinatrust Hotel. My daughter remarked that this is a true hotel - if you get what she meant - she was comparing the motel to this hotel. Hotel upgraded our room to executive with 2 queen beds. The room was very big and spacious. Aircon was not working well but a fan was provided. Overall, an OK hotel.
Executive Room with 2 queen beds.
Executive Room in Jiayi Chinatrust Hotel - comfortable and clean but aircon not working
Kettle snd Fridge
Kettle and fridge
Visited the 文化Night Market. Spotted this cute tree on the way to the Night Market. Hubby loved it very much!
Nice tree near Jiayi Chinatrust Hotel
文化路中央噴水池
Central fountain in Wenhua Road 文化路中央噴水池
Shops along 文化路
嘉義文化路夜市 Wenhua Road Night Market
嘉義文化路夜市 Wenhua Road Night Market
Took turkey rice 郭家雞肉飯, glutinous rice sausage 郭家糯米腸 and 粿仔湯 at 郭家 - Quite nice and delicious
 郭家雞肉飯 郭家糯米腸 粿仔湯 Quite Nice
Also took wanton mee at 好味道。 Wanton were were good, cheap and tasty. The noodles not so nice.
好味道 Wanton Mee. The wanton is nice
These 2 shops are next to each other.
 郭家粿仔湯,好味道side by side
Sky getting dark
Wen Hua Road NM
Took mango ice and chocolate ice. Mango ice is nicer. Can't remember the shop's name
Ice Mango at one of the desert shop -ok
Ice chocolate - not so nice
This is the famous 阿娥豆花. Stall is closed on Tuesdays.
Famous 阿娥豆花  Closed on Tuesdays
Find the original one with brown sugar nicer than the one with soya milk.
original beancurb (on the left)  is better than the new one with soya milk
Night Market continues ...
Wenhua Road NM
Wenhua Road NM
Wenhua Road NM
This is 阿岸米糕 shop
阿岸米糕(原文化路老張米糕)
Shop front
Shop Front
Also took the 阿岸米糕。 Hubby loved it very much. It is exactly like the 魯肉飯except glutinous rice is used instead. Meat ball quite nice but complimentary soup very salty!
阿岸米糕 and meat ball - quite nice but complimentary soup very salty
Also tried the famous yam desert - so so only. No photo though. End of Day2.

4 comments:

  1. Hi tnks for putting up your travel experiences in Taiwan, it has been extremely helpful for me as I am currently planning my trip. I would like to ask you if you went for your trip to Alishan in July and whether the weather was generally ok for travel? I was told that July to October is Taiwan's monsoon season. Also, do you have any recommendations regarding transportation to and around Alishan. Looking forward to your advice. Thanks! :)

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    1. I googled about the typoon and the info I got was the same as yours. However, the typoon will normally last 1 day only so don't let that stop you from visiting Taiwan. The problem I had with Summer is it is just TOO HOT for me.

      Transportation to Alishan can be done either by the small train from Jiayi(or Chiayi) or private van or bus. It is really up to you what you want. I took the 1st bus because mine was a day trip.

      To travel around Alishan, there is van (like a taxi) or walk. Trains are available to bring you to Jhushan Sunrise-Watching or to see the gaint fallen tree, as in my blog.

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    3. A lot of info can be found in Tripadvisor taiwan forums. I planned my trip based on the advice posted there.

      The fastest/most comfortable way to travel from Taipei to Chiayi IMO is via HSR. Convenient way is via normal train from Taipei to Chiayi but that takes much longer time. Bus is another way.

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