This is the bus station where we took a Kuo Kuang bus to Chayi(TWD 165) to board another bus to Alishan. Just next to Taichung Railway Station.
This bus brought us to Alshan from Chayi station. Fare was TWD 211 per head. About an hour and 15 minutes uphill ride. There were some small bus operators who touted us to buy their tickets. I decided against it as it was more expensive and smaller bus.
The bus final stop was here at 7/11 store. This was the place to board the bus back to Chayi Station. Tickets were sold at 7/11 store at 8am. No advance purchase of ticket.
Notice the 15 degrees celcius. Cool and comfortable.
As expected, this is a tourist place where food price is always higher than normal. However, there are some local food which price is reasonable.
Clear blue sky with majestic heights. Sometimes, it can very foggy.
During our walks. we saw rolls and rolls of huge trees and well-made paths for people to walk. It was a very well-maintained park.
The famed Alsihan train ride. Notice the train is red and that the black coal steaming kind. We were told only on Thursday, then the black train will run.
Time table for train joy ride.
Thick fogs sometimes appeared and gone within a few minutes.
Recommended by our hostel owner, we had dinner at this restaurant just behibd Shin Shin Hostel.
We ordered the set dinner that included this hot pot and 4 other dishes. Having hot pot at this cool weather, it was a wise choice. Price was TWD880.
Most expensive coffee in Alishan. TWD 350
Time table for bus service from Alsihan to Chayi station and Chayi HSR station (below table). Take note that the morning time services are no more running.
We were told to wait at BRT stop in Chayi bus station for the free shuttle to Chayi HSR station. We waited for more half an hour and still no bus. Later, we realised the shuttle bus was actually a public bus that had a banner(in Chinese) that said “Shuttle service Chayi HSR station”
We took the bus down to Chayi station (TWD 255) and from here, took the free shuttle service to Chayi HSR station. Distance between the two stations is quite far. We took the HSR train back to Taipei. It was super fast(283 km/hr) and comfortable ride. Fare was TWD 1050 per head.
Note: All above photos were taken by my humble Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830