About Alishan Township
It's like a secret mountain (ok, ignoring the tourist hordes that come here). It's nice and cool, filled with tall trees and trails. We woke up at 3.30am to see the sunrise, but it was raining so we didn't see anything. The adorable thing was that someone from the Alishan park was there where everyone was watching the sunrise, and he was updating us on the expected time of the sunrise. He sang some songs and told a few jokes while we were all waiting and shivering in the rain. He apologized when there was no sunrise as it was still raining but he said sometimes it happens.
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110 Kms from Alishan Township
Once very isolated and home to a substantial portion of Taiwan's aborigine population, Hualien is now a popular tourist destination, though there are many off-the-beaten-path treasures to discover. It will take at least three days to see some of the best sights Hualien has to offer. When I used to visit, I would stay at the artsy and friendly Formosa Backpackers Hostel, located near the Hualien Train Station. The hostel owners speak English and provide ample suggestions for what to do. There are also numerous maps available.
183 Kms from Alishan Township
In search of Taiwan's nightlife, I made my way to Taoyuan, a county neighboring Taipei. For movement within and around Taipei, I used the Taipei MRT (subway system), which is very modern and extremely efficient. In Taoyuan, I entered a Filipino night club called 'Thai Ok' and to be fair it was quite seedy! But otherwise, Taiwan has a pretty good and fun nightlife.