DAY 20: Chiayi to Alishan via the Alishan Forest Railway ๐Ÿš‚๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฒ

It was an exciting day! The Alishan forest railway was constructed by the Japanese Colonial Government in 1912 to facilitate the logging of cypress and Taiwania wood. Nowadays it’s for tourists! The ride was breath taking! In 2009 the tracks between fenchihu and Alishan were wiped out by a typhoon so for the last stretch up to Alishan was with a shuttle bus ๐ŸšŒ (also a very interesting and shakey experience). The famous railway bento box in fenchihu was unbelivably delicious! Fencihi old street was full of fresh wasabi vendors. We couldn’t resist and shared a plate of fresh silken tofu topped with freshly grated wasabi and sweet soy sauce. Upon arriving in Alishan (2489m) we lucked out with the weather (rain and thunderstorms were predicted for the whole day) and we did a very quaint And easy hike through the park after arriving. We even got a little Hanami ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ (kirschblรผtenfest) fix!!!โ€‹

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Anna got the “no chicken no pork” bento ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Toni got the pork cutlet. Both had sesame garlic stir fried chayote vines, bamboo shoots, cabbage, braised tofu, rice and pickles.
Fresh wasabi! ๐Ÿ˜
silken tofu topped with freshly grated wasabi and sweet soy sauce
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