Xiding Alishan Park Chiayi Taiwan



Alishan National Scenic Area


The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and natural preserve located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. It is 415 km² in area. It includes, among other things, mountain wilderness, four villages, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, the Alishan Forest Railway, and several hiking trails. The area is popular among tourists and mountain climbers, and Alishan, or Mount Ali, itself has become one of the major landmarks associated with Taiwan. The area is also famous for its production of high mountain tea and wasabi.

Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yüshan. Alishan and Sun Moon Lake are two of the best known scenic spots in Asia. The song Ālǐshān de gūniang (Chinese: 阿里山的姑娘; English: The Girls of Alishan) that refers to the beautiful girls of the Tsou aboriginal tribe, is one of Taiwan’s most popular folk songs. This song is also well known in China and several foreign countries.


Alishan Township Office

Alishan National Scenic Area Official Website


Xiding is near the 54K point of Alishan Highway. It is the first place on the highway where mist can be viewed(54-56K) and is also where the sunrise can be viewed, which was why it used to be called “Yiding” (yi meaning sunrise in Chinese)

In the past visitors to Alishan would usually pass straight by but, after a recreational farm area was established by local farmers and artists and Xiding promoted as Alishan’s front garden, with beautiful mountain scenery, good food and aromatic coffee, it now attracts more visitors.

XidingXiding is located where the warm-temperate zone meets the sub-tropical zone and is also close to the Tropic of Cancer so a wide variety of farm products are produced; its jinxuan tea, qingxin wulong tea, persimmons and butterfly orchids are renowned.

Also, quite a few kinds of wild vegetable are grown locally and these are combined with papaya steamed ice cake, bitter tea oil rice noodles, tea jelly, tea wine, aiyu jelly and other traditional products to make distinctive local dishes.

Alishan National Scenic Area Administration

Alishan House I
No.16, W. Alishan, Alishan Township, Chiayi, Taiwan 605



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