The giant trees and cypress trees are the most notable characteristics of the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.
The Giant Tree Path within the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area has two sections; there are 36 thousand-year-old giant Taiwan red false cypress trees, each of which is numbered and has an introductory signboard recording its age, height, and the species of the tree. Although the total trail length is just a little over one kilometer, it’s the trail with the highest density of giant trees in Taiwan. Besides this, there are views along the trail including the No.28 Giant Tree, one of Alishan’s new eight scenes which also include the Alishan Sacred Tree, the Shenyi Waterfall, the Ciyun Temple Scenery, and the Xianglin Arch Bridge. Strolling along the Giant Tree Plank Trails is like walking through a giant’s feet, experiencing the amazing mysteries of nature.
The Giant Tree Plank Trail is very popular with many visitors. If you want to avoid the crowds and prefer a quiet atmosphere, you should take the train to Zhaoping Station and walk from Zhaoping Station to Sacred Tree station; it’s downhill all the way and a highly recommended parent–child path. The trail entrance is next to the Alishan-Gou Hotel which has a long history. Walking on the stone steps going downhill through the forest, Sister Ponds with a legendary sad love story will appear first in front of your eyes; then, the trail leads to The Four Sisters, which refers to four straight cypress trees growing side by side on the top of the remaining stump, and the spectacular attraction, the heart-shaped Love Forever, which was formed by the head and roots of two old cypress trees growing together. The trail ends at the local religious center, the Shouzhen Temple.
The 1st section of Giant Tree Plank Trail has a total length of 600m; along the way you will see 20 Taiwan red false cypress trees; the Xianglin Sacred Tree and the Thousand Year Cypress are the most popular. Moreover, the trail leads to the Tree Spirit Pagoda with magical stories and the Alishan Museum, which was constructed using cypress wood. The 2nd section of Giant Tree Plank Trail has a total length of 450m, and dotted with 16 Taiwan red false cypress trees; among them ,the 2000-years-old No.28 Giant Tree with a width over 13m is the most gorgeous star in the area.
If you’re a fan of the giant trees, you can walk along individual small loop paths along the Giant Tree Plank Trails to indulge yourself in the beauty of an enormous number of trees and experience the environment under the shiny blue sky that may turn into a magical fairyland in the clouds. The place is a wonderland in Taiwan’s medium-altitude region – an enchanting and precious treasure.
● Administrative Area：Alishan Township, Chiayi County
● Altitude：2,000 – 2,148m
● Road Condition：Plank trail
● Trail Length：1.1km
● Best Time for Hiking：Throughout the entire year
● Scenic Attraction：Giant cypress trees
● Time Required：3hr (a round trip)
● Route：The start of the 1st Giant Tree Plank Trail is at the Thousand Year cypress, and the end point is at the Alishan Sacred Tree; the total length is 600m.
The start of the 2nd Giant Tree Plank Trail is at the Alishan Suspension Bridge, and the end point is at the Shenyi Bridge; the total length is 450m
● Remarks：The time required includes a guided tour