Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan
That day, we decided to drive towards Alishan National Scenic Area also known as Mount Ali. It is a very popular tourist attraction in Taiwan, very famous for the production of high mountain tea and for the iconic sea of clouds.
We drove towards that location quite early in the morning, saw a lot of tea pickers and despite being that early in the morning it was already really hot outside !
After roughly one hour of driving, we realised that there was no petrol station on Alishan and that we had to drive back down to fill the tank up :-( Oh dear, that was a bit scary and so stupid of us. We went back down, put some petrol and drove back up the mountain again, loosing a few hours… but the landscape was so beautiful that it was not really wasting time, we were lucky to see it twice :-)
We visited the main national scenic area, walked on different paths, saw the forest and the very old trees and it was nice but not quite what I was expecting.
It is built for tourists and not very wild anymore. When we drove down the mountain, the sea of clouds was breathtaking ! And at that exact moment I understood why a lot of people are attracted to this spot.
Our accommodation that night was really amazing. We had food prepared by the host and we even witnessed some tea roasting the neighbour house. We ended up buying some and I think the packaging was really clever :-)