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Alishan | Eternal Love beneath a Timeless Tree

Alishan

Alishan
Photo courtesy of Best Romance Wedding Photography

Each year, couples from around the world come to be married in the green embrace of Alishan's age-old forests, the sacred trees standing as witness to their matrimonial vows and as symbols of a long life together. Alishan also provides a romantic setting for pre-wedding photos.

  • Alishan Township, Chiayi County
  • +886-5-267-9917
  • NT$150 (full rate), NT$200 (weekends)
  • Take National Freeway 3 and exit at Zhongpu. Connect to Provincial Highway 18 and head toward Alishan and the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.

Zhaoping Park - Skywalk

Zhaoping Park - Skywalk
Photo courtesy of Best Romance Wedding Photography

Located next to Zhaoping Station, Zhaoping Park blushes with the colorful blooms of its Japanese alpine, Yoshino, Fuji sakura, and double-flowered cherry trees. The 2.6-kilometer-long Sakura Trail heads out from the station along a forested route. The tranquility and phytoncid-infused air have a relaxing effect, and in spring the white calla lilies add to the area's romantic aura. Taiwan's highest skywalk, extending 176.7 meters long, stretches over the park. There are also viewing platforms at the trailheads offering panoramas of the elegant Japanese cedars.

On clear afternoons one can make out Tashan Mountain, a peak sacred to the area's Tsou indigenous people, and on misty winter days the scene transforms into one suggesting a splash-ink landscape painting come to life.

  • Alishan Township, Chiayi County
  • +886-5-267-9917
  • NT$150 (full rate), NT$200 (weekends)
  • Take National Freeway 3 and exit at Zhongpu. Connect to Provincial Highway 18 and head toward Alishan and the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.

Sisters' Ponds and Love Forever Tree

Sisters' Ponds and Love Forever Tree
Photo courtesy of Best Romance Wedding Photography

Standing less than 50 meters apart, the two mountain ponds called the Sisters' Ponds have a well-known, poignant story of love associated with them. At the Older Sister Pond are two wooden "Missing Pavilions" connected to the shore by a wood bridge. The Younger Sister Pond is the smaller of the two, and has clear, still water. The wood-plank trail circling the ponds is a good route for enjoying the scenery here.

Under the bright sun, shadows are elegantly reflected in the dark-green waters, and on misty days a sense of ethereal tranquility pervades the air. Other noteworthy attractions in the area include the "Three Brothers"—a trio of cypresses that faithfully stand watch over the ponds— and the "Four Sisters"—four trees growing in a tight cluster on the stump of a fallen cypress. The "Love Forever Tree," a pair of old cypresses that have joined tops and roots to form a heart-shaped opening, is a particularly popular photo spot for couples.

  • Alishan Township, Chiayi County
  • +886-5-267-9917
  • NT$150 (full rate), NT$200 (weekends)
  • Take National Freeway 3 and exit at Zhongpu. Connect to Provincial Highway 18 and head toward Alishan and the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.

Fenqihu

Fenqihu
Photo courtesy of Best Romance Wedding Photography

Fenqihu is a station town on the Alishan Forest Railway. The narrow Old Street here climbs, which climbs up the hillside, richly evokes an earlier era and makes it an endearing backdrop for wedding photos.

The famous local "railway" boxed lunches and train cakes also should not be missed. Other old-time products can also be found among the town stores, such as the 70-year-old Polar Bear Special Nourishing Cream. The street ends at the century-old Earth God Temple. From the temple, visitors can walk the 700-meter-long woodplanked Cedar Trail to enjoy the local forest ecology and landscape. The trail is also frequently illuminated with fireflies during the months of April to June. The blue cabin featured in the movie "Starry Starry Night" is located here as well, adding a dreamlike note to the area.

  • Fenqihu, Zhuqi Township, Chiayi County
  • From Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, take Provincial Highway 18. Turn right on County Road 169, which leads direct to Fenqihu.

Eryanping Trail and Dingshizhuo Trail

Eryanping Trail and Dingshizhuo Trail
Photo courtesy of Alishan National Scenic Area Administration

Rising to an elevation of about 1,200 meters in Xiding, the Eryanping Trail is a scenic hiking route with colorful blooms and, on summer nights, the glow of fireflies. The trail also boasts sweeping views, cascading cloud formations, and photogenic tea farms and bamboo groves. These qualities, combined with the trail's accessibility (it only takes an hour to walk) have made the area a popular spot for photos.

The nearby Dingshizhuo Trail has five scenic sections, the Mist Trail, Tea Trail, Cloud Trail, Sunset Trail, and Sakura Trail. They wind through tea farms and forests of bamboo and China fir. During spring and winter, visitors can also see colorfully attired female tea pickers harvesting the tea leaves, including Alishan's famed Ju Lu variety. Be sure to also make time for the tea shops and teahouse inns in the area.

  • Xiding, Gongtian Village, Fanlu Township, and Shizhao, Zhonghe Village, Zhuqi Township,Chiayi County.
  • From Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, take Provincial Highway 18. Entrances to Eryanping Trail and Dingshizhao Trail are located along Provincial Highway 18 near the 53.1-kilometer and 63.5-kilometer markers, respectively.