【Treasure hunters】My Best Trip in 2020/by Adam Phan The Anh

2020.12.19
I loved the sound of birds and the feeling of being surrounded by trees, listening to the many voices of nature. That time I felt very peaceful.    While inside the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, I felt the deep connection between people and forest
 
A WONDERFUL TRIP

I thought that 2020 had been a bad year for me before I got the great chance to join this wonderful trip. It was a great experience and I have unforgettable memories with awesome people from around the world. These people were wonderful and we still keep in touch, staying good friends even after the end of this trip. I wish the trip would have been longer.
 
I especially loved the environment that was presented to us by the friendly staff during the tour

FRIENDLY PEOPLE

I especially loved the environment that was presented to us by the friendly staff during the tour. It was always a pleasure to talk to them and have discussions. They were always supportive whenever and wherever we needed help; they were always by our side. We also met passionate guides and volunteers who were very friendly and happy to share with us their love for the Alishan and Kenting national forest recreation areas.
 
  I learned how to do sea kayaking

 I can’t forget how happy I was when I climbed, for the first time, a very high tree

EXCITING ACTIVITIES

I especially liked the activities. I can’t forget how happy I was when I climbed, for the first time, a very high tree, and when I learned how to do sea kayaking. During the activities, we had many opportunities to practice new skills we had just learned. It was also great to participate in a class about making sea salt, tofu, and cookies. At the end, we could eat our own creations. That was so nice, especially because they were made together with new friends. We learned a lot during the activities, including how to keep the environment clean and safe. For example, during the tofu and salt making activity, we learned how the local people try to keep the sea and the beach in good condition in order to create products of good quality.
 
It was the first time I saw the famous Alishan sunrise

PEACEFUL FOREST AND STUNNING SUNRISE

I also loved the time we spent in the Alishan mountains. It was the first time I saw the famous Alishan sunrise; it was so stunning and breathtaking. Although we had to get up early and were sleepy, we had a whole lot of fun and everyone felt very excited to see such an amazing sunrise. I think because of this trip I have become stronger and healthier, since we did a lot of walking, hiking and chatting. While inside the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, I felt the deep connection between people and forest. I loved the sound of birds and the feeling of being surrounded by trees, listening to the many voices of nature. That time I felt very peaceful. Anyone who lives in the big city, in a crowded area, will feel totally different when coming here. It's just a great feeling. I love how the organizers of this trip delivered such a beautiful message to young people like me. I love how they shared the stories about the Alishan forest, for example the tale of the Sisters Ponds, and the story of hundred-year-old trees. Come to this place and you will understand and fall in love with the forest. It is such an important place for humans to be. For a brief time I left a stressful life behind and enjoyed nature, the sounds of nature, the birds.

EXCELLENT FOOD

I also loved the food during this trip. There was not a single moment I felt hungry. We always were presented with food right on time, and it was all delicious. On the first day it already started great with an awesome all-you-can-eat buffet! I was so full of so many yummy dishes; I ate a lot of cake on the first day of the trip. During the following days, we also dined in very good Chinese-style restaurants. How delicious it was; I loved all the food. It makes me hungry while I'm writing this and I remember how good everything was and how marvelous I felt. All the restaurants were so special that I will surely take my family members and friends there in the future. They will surely love the food as much as I did. Another memorable food experience during this trip was the dessert we had at Shizilu Station after riding the Alishan Forest Railway. I still remember the sweetness of this treat, which consisted of aiyu fig jelly with bubbles and a strong lemon taste.
 
we had the chance to try high-mountain tea at the Mountain Ali Tea No. 35 teahouse.

FRAGRANT TEA

After watching the sunrise in Alishan, we had the chance to try high-mountain tea at the Mountain Ali Tea No. 35 teahouse. The owner was very kind and shared with us the story of the place and showed us an exhibition about Alishan tea. It was so much fun to drink warm tea during the cool morning, especially because everyone was exhausted after waking up so early and having to walk a lot. Finally we sat down and had some very good tea. It was a cozy place where we enjoyed the view while sipping tea, chatting, and getting to know more about each other. We also learned how to drink tea the right way.

GOOD ACCOMMODATION

During this trip, we stayed at very cozy hotels. They were all very comfortable and had good views. The night views at Alishan House were stunning. I feel like everyone who visits Alishan should stay here and enjoy the views. The hotel we stayed in at Kenting was very good too. We had a nice room very close to the beach; it was really convenient. I remember how full of joy I was when waking up at 6am. It took us just one minute to get to the beach where we saw the sunrise while enjoying the waves and the sounds.
 
I miss everyone, especially the new friends I made during this journey

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

I wish this trip would have been longer and I was really sad after returning to my daily routine. I miss everyone, especially the new friends I made during this journey. I wish I could go on a trip like this every year and hope that others can have similar experiences to those we had. This trip was full of great activities and it was really fun. I hope other places in other countries could provide the same kind of experience, so people could learn more about the environment, have the chance to make new friends and experience new cultures. I also want to say thank you to the Forestry Bureau for making this trip possible. I will never forget this experience.
 


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