Earlier this year in February, Alishan welcomed me for the first time with the blush of early spring where the rogue of cherry blossoms awakening from a wintry slumber coloured the highland terrains.
Slightly over six months later, I’m back again and this time, an air of mystery hung thick as playful autumn fog veiled the mountain’s beauty while dissipitating at times for a game of peek-a-boo with the scenery.
Rainfall was plentiful during my 2D1N stay due to the approaching Typhoon Tembin. Coming from a tiny island devoid of any natural disaster, I was actually kinda excited about the prospect of experiencing a typhoon.
Thankfully though, it didn’t happen and I got to observe first-hand how closely the Taiwanese watch their weather, something we Singaporeans take for granted.
The typhoon alert and unpredictable precipitation dampened this visit a little but the sense of danger heightened the adventure as we tried to stay one step ahead of the weather.
But it is still very safe as the roads of Alishan would be closed off and not passable to traffic if bad weather is anticipated to ensure the safety of tourists and locals.
During this visit, we were brought to the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area which I came to as well during my last trip. The difference this time round was that we were in the company of a tour guide brimming with geological, botanical and cultural knowledge of the mountain and sights.
I learnt nothing about Alishan the last trip but brought home a deeper appreciation this time round. A good guide really made a big difference.
One of the main highlights on this trip was a visit to the Tsou tribe’s cultural village. The very well-kept theme park invites visitors into the lives of the tribespeople and get under the skin of their folklores and history as well as to feel the pulse of their tribal heartbeat.
Seeing Alishan through their eyes takes one into another realm of relishing this green majesty!
More info and details about visiting Alishan and YuYuPas Cultural Village will be posted soon in Explore Life Lah!.