March 2017. With numerous forest trails along lakes and thousand-year-old trees, Alishan (Mt. Ali) is among my favorite destinations in Taiwan.
My partner and I left our hotel in Fenqihu, a nearby town, at ~3:00 AM (!) and took the Alishan Forest Train, which in and of itself is a tourist attraction, to catch the sunrise, one of the "five wonders" of Alishan (the others being the forest, the railway, the cloud sea, and the sunset glow). This also helped us get a head start and stay ahead of the large group tours, making for a more peaceful and relaxing trek.