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Chiayi

Altitude: 30 m Mileage: 0 km

Chiayi Station is an intersection of Alishan Forest Railway and Taiwan Railway. The altitude is 30 meters and it was also a three-combined station that including Taiwan Railway, sugar railway, and forest railway. Tourists can see the different width of orbit between Taiwan Railway (1067 mm) and Forest Railway (762 mm) on the first platform. The north side of first platform is the exact site to take forest railway.

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Beimen

Altitude: 31 m Mileage: 1.6 km

Beimen Station, which made of red cypress, is located at the ride side of railway. It was established in beginning of 1910s. However, a fire destroyed 40% of the station on May 16, 1998. Chiayi Forest District Office rebuilt it with red cypress on the same year of November. Unfortunately, it was ruined again because of 921 Earthquake. Beimen Station was repaired by the authority and shows the recent appearance to public.

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Lumachan

Altitude: 82 m Mileage: 10.84 km

Lumachan, also called Luman (means full of deer) plays an important role between Beimen and Zhuqi. It was crowded with people due to the development. However, no train stopped here from 1982 because Alishan Highway was opened to public. With the growth of the railway culture and tourism, old train station caught public’s attention and won community’s support. At the end of 2004, the authority reconstructed the station and made it recovery. From April 16, 2019, forest railway will stop at this station. Passengers are able to watch historical Japanese architectures at this station.

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Zhuqi

Altitude: 127 m Mileage: 14.2 km

The old name of Zhuqi is Chutouchi. It is not only the last part of plain section in Alishan railway but also the beginning of climbing. The station was established on 1910 and rebuilt on 1952. During the period of steam train, they refilled the water and coal, and change locomotive from 18 ton to 28 ton to continue the slope-climbing. Another feature of Zhuqi Station is “triangle track” which helps train to change the direction.

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Mujiliao

Altitude: 324 m Mileage: 18.9 km

Mujiliao is also called Mujiliao because it got the reputation of clog. Although the distance from Zhuqi is 4.7 km, the train needs to climb the height of 200 meters and the slope of 5%. It is only a stand from 1981.

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Zhangnaoliao

Altitude: 543 m Mileage: 23.3 km

Zhangnaoliao, known for camphor trees and camphor oil, is a major place to export camphor during Japanese occupied period. Although there is only a row of camphor trees standing beside the railway now, passenger can still overlook the spectacular mountain-view at this station. Zhangnaoliao is a turn-back station. The rail is built in “x-shaped”, so trains need to go back on left rail to get into station. The only two turn-back stations in Taiwan are Zhangnaoliao and Pingzhena Station. Passengers will experience loop line and spiral route to make three circles around Dulishan.

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Dulishan

Altitude: 743 m Mileage: 27.3 km

JDulishan Station is between the tunnels. The standpipe, the facility for refilling water, is also remained in station. On the wall, Dulishan painting drew by children on 1997 is a popular attraction for passengers. At the altitude of 800 meters, there is a watershed sign of tropical forest and subtropical forest.

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Liyuanliao

Altitude: 904 m Mileage: 31.4 km

Liyuanliao was known for pear and bamboo. From 1985, Liyuanliao Station becomes a stand on the railway.

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Jiaoliping

Altitude: 997 m Mileage: 34.9 km

Jiaoliping is in the middle of Alishan Forest Railway. Besides, it is also a meet point of uphill-train and downhill-train because they will meet each other at 15:13. So passengers like to stay here for a while because they can take pictures and visit the old grocery stores.

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Shueisheliao

Altitude: 1186 m Mileage: 40.5 km

From Jiaoliping Station to Shuisheliao Station, there are 8 tunnels. It is the section with the largest number of tunnels between two stations of Alishan Forest Railway. When a train passes through from No.16 tunnel to No.19 tunnel, it is winding around the Dubi Mountain. Shuisheliao Station, 1,186 meters above sea level, is a small station under the peaks of the Luna Mountain and the Sitianwang Mountain. The most interesting part of this station is that the track presents a U-shaped curve, and the train winds along exactly a 180o curve from pulling into the station to pulling out of the station. Along with the Erwanping Station, they are the two stations with U-shaped track on the Alishan Forest Railway. Shuisheliao Station has already become a staffless station since the 1990's. Recently, due to the nearby bat cave, the abandoned station has also been converted into a bat education center. The Shuisheliao Station is the first station for education in bat ecology in Taiwan.

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Fenqihu

Altitude: 1403 m Mileage: 45.52 km

Fenqihu, one of the important station in Alishan Railway, got the name of “Dustpan Lake” because the landform is like a basin. Although there is a “lake” within the name, no lake exists in Fenqihu actually. It was known for old-street, bamboo, waterfall, historical trail, and especially bento. The reason why bento got the reputation is because tourists could have bento as their lunch when the train stopped at this station in the afternoon. The station was a wooden structure initially, but it became Fenqihu Maintenance Section after the new station was operated. On 2004, the original one was demolished after the rebuilt. So, the authority decided to reconstruct a new wooden one, same as the old, to open in public.

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Duolin

Altitude: 1516 m Mileage: 50.68 km

Duolin, also called Duoluoxian before, is a small Tsou tribe in Dadongshan. Passengers would see Dadongshan when the train turns right in this station. It became a stand from 1985.

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Shizilu

Altitude: 1534 m Mileage: 55 km

Shizilu Station is located at the south ridge of Shizi-Road Mountain. The reason why it got the name of Shizilu is because of not only an essential midway toward Alishan, but also a meet point of Tabangu and Tfuya Tribe. Besides, it is also the nearest station to Alishan Highhway.

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Pingzhena

Altitude: 1711 m Mileage: 60.18 km

Pingzhena is a turn-back station. Train will start to climb the mountain followed by Z-shaped railway from this station. At the same time, it is also a boundary of subtropical and temperate zone.

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Erwanping

Altitude: 2000 m Mileage: 67.16 km

Erwanping, which means “board terrain”, was the terminal of Alishan Railway from 1912. It was not the terminal anymore because the railway was expanded to Zhaoping from 1914. Alishan Youth Activity Center is located in Erwanping. Magnificent mountain-view, sunset glow, and sea cloud are attractive to passengers.

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Shenmu

Altitude: 2138 m/ Mileage: 69.94 km

Shenmu Station is the third Lane of Alishan Forest Railway. This station was known for the sacred tree, a 3000-year-old red cypress. Unfortunately, sacred tree was destroyed by thunder and attacked by heavy rain. So the authority decided to lay it down as a heritage on July 1, 1997.

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Alishan

Altitude: 2216 m Mileage: 71.6 km

Nowadays, Alishan Sation is not only the terminal of Forest Railway, but also the starting of Zhushan, Mianyue, and Shenmu Line. Originally, Alishan Station was the Fourth Lane of forest railway. With the increase of tourists on 1970s, authority expanded Recreation Area from August, 1977 to November, 1981 and renamed to New Alishan Station. However, it was closed because of 921 Earthquake on 1999 and the terminal was also changed into Zhaoping Station. In order to ease the burden of tourists, Forestry Bureau established the temporary station and started to rebuild the new one. On September of 2007, Alishan Station was restarted.

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Zhaoping

Altitude: 2274 m It's 1.3 km from Alishan station.

Zhaoping Station, or called old Alishan Station, was the original terminal of forest railway. It was established on 1914 and started operation on the same year of March 14. The Zhaoping Station had been badly damaged by fire and then was rebuilt. The new station building was officially opened on April 21, 2013. All parts of the entire building of the Zhaoping Station were connected by butt laying, without any nails. In particular, the Japanese wood-making technique was introduced into the construction of the station building, conveying the advantages of wood building materials and developing the feasibility of modern wood-making technique, as well as presenting the grace and glory of a nostalgia Japanese-style railway. Except for transportation, Zhaoping is a multifunctional station providing passengers to experience railway culture, such as art exhibit and aboriginal culture. In addition, environmentally-friendly construction methods were introduced into the construction of Zhaoping Station for recycling water resources and letting natural light in. The station also integrates with the Zhaoping Park and surrounding terrain to fully present the open and intimate architectural appearance. This design was also awarded the "2006 Japan Architecture Society Design Excellence Award" in September 2006.

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Dueigaoyue

Altitude: 2405 m It's 4.9 km from Alishan station.

Dueigaoyue is a station of Zhushan Line. Tourists can also watch sunrise on the observatory of Dueigaoyue. Wooden path, maple leaf, cherry blossom, sea cloud, and snow-view are the features of this station. On 1986, the station was closed because of the operation of Zhushan Line, but it became a stop of cruise-style train from 2017.

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Zhushan

Altitude: 2451 m It's 6.25 km from Alishan station.

Zhushann Station is the best location to watch sunrise. Forestry Bureau began to build Zhushan Line for delivering passengers who watch sunrise on 1984 and operated on January 13, 1986. Zhushan Line (total length: 6.25km; altitude: 2000m above) is the first mountain-climbing railway built by Taiwanese and the highest point of Taiwan railway. Zhushan gets the reputation of sunrise throughout the world. The original path was not affordable anymore due to the open of Alishan Highway. With the raise of tourists, Forestry Bureau overcame a variety of challenges and commenced on the railway. Nowadays, tourists are able to watch amazing sunrise by taking Zhushan Line.

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Alishan Centennial Railway

Develop the ecotourism belt through combining the four major stations, Beimen Station, Zhuqi Station, Fenqihu Station and Alishan Station, and the four forest forms, level ground section, tropical forest, subtropical forest and temperate forest. A diverse ecological environment connected by the Alishan Railway.

Chiayi

Chiayi

Altitude: 30 m ileage: 0 km

Chiayi Station is an intersection of Alishan Forest Railway and Taiwan Railway. The altitude is 30 meters and it was also a three-combined station that including Taiwan Railway, sugar railway, and forest railway. Tourists can see the different width of orbit between Taiwan Railway (1067 mm) and Forest Railway (762 mm) on the first platform. The north side of first platform is the exact site to take forest railway.

Beimen

Beimen

Altitude: 31 m Mileage: 1.6 km

Beimen Station, which made of red cypress, is located at the ride side of railway. It was established in beginning of 1910s. However, a fire destroyed 40% of the station on May 16, 1998. Chiayi Forest District Office rebuilt it with red cypress on the same year of November. Unfortunately, it was ruined again because of 921 Earthquake. Beimen Station was repaired by the authority and shows the recent appearance to public.

Lumachan

Lumachan

Altitude: 82 m Mileage: 10.84 km

Lumachan, also called Luman (means full of deer) plays an important role between Beimen and Zhuqi. It was crowded with people due to the development. However, no train stopped here from 1982 because Alishan Highway was opened to public. With the growth of the railway culture and tourism, old train station caught public’s attention and won community’s support. At the end of 2004, the authority reconstructed the station and made it recovery. From April 16, 2019, forest railway will stop at this station. Passengers are able to watch historical Japanese architectures at this station.<

Zhuqi

Zhuqi

Altitude: 127 m Mileage: 14.2 km

The old name of Zhuqi is Chutouchi. It is not only the last part of plain section in Alishan railway but also the beginning of climbing. The station was established on 1910 and rebuilt on 1952. During the period of steam train, they refilled the water and coal, and change locomotive from 18 ton to 28 ton to continue the slope-climbing. Another feature of Zhuqi Station is “triangle track” which helps train to change the direction.

Mujiliao

Mujiliao

Altitude: 324 m Mileage: 18.9 km

Mujiliao is also called Mujiliao because it got the reputation of clog. Although the distance from Zhuqi is 4.7 km, the train needs to climb the height of 200 meters and the slope of 5%. It is only a stand from 1981.

Zhangnaoliao

Zhangnaoliao

Altitude: 543 m Mileage: 23.3 km

Zhangnaoliao, known for camphor trees and camphor oil, is a major place to export camphor during Japanese occupied period. Although there is only a row of camphor trees standing beside the railway now, passenger can still overlook the spectacular mountain-view at this station. Zhangnaoliao is a turn-back station. The rail is built in “x-shaped”, so trains need to go back on left rail to get into station. The only two turn-back stations in Taiwan are Zhangnaoliao and Pingzhena Station. Passengers will experience loop line and spiral route to make three circles around Dulishan.

Dulishan

Dulishan

Altitude: 743 m Mileage: 27.3 km

JDulishan Station is between the tunnels. The standpipe, the facility for refilling water, is also remained in station. On the wall, Dulishan painting drew by children on 1997 is a popular attraction for passengers. At the altitude of 800 meters, there is a watershed sign of tropical forest and subtropical forest.

Liyuanliao

Liyuanliao

Altitude: 904 m Mileage: 31.4 km

Liyuanliao was known for pear and bamboo. From 1985, Liyuanliao Station becomes a stand on the railway.

Jiaoliping

Jiaoliping

Altitude: 997 m Mileage: 34.9 km

Jiaoliping is in the middle of Alishan Forest Railway. Besides, it is also a meet point of uphill-train and downhill-train because they will meet each other at 15:13. So passengers like to stay here for a while because they can take pictures and visit the old grocery stores.

Shueisheliao

Shueisheliao

Altitude: 1186 m Mileage: 40.5 km

From Jiaoliping Station to Shuisheliao Station, there are 8 tunnels. It is the section with the largest number of tunnels between two stations of Alishan Forest Railway. When a train passes through from No.16 tunnel to No.19 tunnel, it is winding around the Dubi Mountain. Shuisheliao Station, 1,186 meters above sea level, is a small station under the peaks of the Luna Mountain and the Sitianwang Mountain. The most interesting part of this station is that the track presents a U-shaped curve, and the train winds along exactly a 180o curve from pulling into the station to pulling out of the station. Along with the Erwanping Station, they are the two stations with U-shaped track on the Alishan Forest Railway. Shuisheliao Station has already become a staffless station since the 1990's. Recently, due to the nearby bat cave, the abandoned station has also been converted into a bat education center. The Shuisheliao Station is the first station for education in bat ecology in Taiwan.

Fenqihu

Fenqihu

Altitude: 1403 m Mileage: 45.52 km

Fenqihu, one of the important station in Alishan Railway, got the name of “Dustpan Lake” because the landform is like a basin. Although there is a “lake” within the name, no lake exists in Fenqihu actually. It was known for old-street, bamboo, waterfall, historical trail, and especially bento. The reason why bento got the reputation is because tourists could have bento as their lunch when the train stopped at this station in the afternoon. The station was a wooden structure initially, but it became Fenqihu Maintenance Section after the new station was operated. On 2004, the original one was demolished after the rebuilt. So, the authority decided to reconstruct a new wooden one, same as the old, to open in public.

Duolin

Duolin

Altitude: 1516 m Mileage: 50.68 km

Duolin, also called Duoluoxian before, is a small Tsou tribe in Dadongshan. Passengers would see Dadongshan when the train turns right in this station. It became a stand from 1985.

Shizilu

Shizilu

Altitude: 1534 m Mileage: 55 km

Shizilu Station is located at the south ridge of Shizi-Road Mountain. The reason why it got the name of Shizilu is because of not only an essential midway toward Alishan, but also a meet point of Tabangu and Tfuya Tribe. Besides, it is also the nearest station to Alishan Highhway.

Pingzhena

PingzhenaAltitude: 1711 m Mileage: 60.18 km

Pingzhena is a turn-back station. Train will start to climb the mountain followed by Z-shaped railway from this station. At the same time, it is also a boundary of subtropical and temperate zone.

Erwanping

Erwanping

Altitude: 2000 m Mileage: 67.16 km

Erwanping, which means “board terrain”, was the terminal of Alishan Railway from 1912. It was not the terminal anymore because the railway was expanded to Zhaoping from 1914. Alishan Youth Activity Center is located in Erwanping. Magnificent mountain-view, sunset glow, and sea cloud are attractive to passengers.

Shenmu

Shenmu

Altitude: 2138 m Mileage: 69.94 km

Shenmu Station is the third Lane of Alishan Forest Railway. This station was known for the sacred tree, a 3000-year-old red cypress. Unfortunately, sacred tree was destroyed by thunder and attacked by heavy rain. So the authority decided to lay it down as a heritage on July 1, 1997.

Alishan

Alishan

Altitude: 2216 m Mileage: 71.6 km

Nowadays, Alishan Sation is not only the terminal of Forest Railway, but also the starting of Zhushan, Mianyue, and Shenmu Line. Originally, Alishan Station was the Fourth Lane of forest railway. With the increase of tourists on 1970s, authority expanded Recreation Area from August, 1977 to November, 1981 and renamed to New Alishan Station. However, it was closed because of 921 Earthquake on 1999 and the terminal was also changed into Zhaoping Station. In order to ease the burden of tourists, Forestry Bureau established the temporary station and started to rebuild the new one. On September of 2007, Alishan Station was restarted.

Zhaoping

Zhaoping

Altitude: 2274 m It's 1.3 km from Alishan station.

Zhaoping Station, or called old Alishan Station, was the original terminal of forest railway. It was established on 1914 and started operation on the same year of March 14. The Zhaoping Station had been badly damaged by fire and then was rebuilt. The new station building was officially opened on April 21, 2013. All parts of the entire building of the Zhaoping Station were connected by butt laying, without any nails. In particular, the Japanese wood-making technique was introduced into the construction of the station building, conveying the advantages of wood building materials and developing the feasibility of modern wood-making technique, as well as presenting the grace and glory of a nostalgia Japanese-style railway. Except for transportation, Zhaoping is a multifunctional station providing passengers to experience railway culture, such as art exhibit and aboriginal culture. In addition, environmentally-friendly construction methods were introduced into the construction of Zhaoping Station for recycling water resources and letting natural light in. The station also integrates with the Zhaoping Park and surrounding terrain to fully present the open and intimate architectural appearance. This design was also awarded the "2006 Japan Architecture Society Design Excellence Award" in September 2006.

Zhushan

Zhushan

Altitude: 2451 m It's 6.25 km from Alishan station.

Zhushan Station (altitude: 2451m) is the best location to watch sunrise. Forestry Bureau began to build Zhushan Line for delivering passengers who watch sunrise on 1984 and operated on January 13, 1986. Zhushan Line (total length: 6.25km; altitude: 2000m above) is the first mountain-climbing railway built by Taiwanese and the highest point of Taiwan railway. Zhushan gets the reputation of sunrise throughout the world. The original path was not affordable anymore due to the open of Alishan Highway. With the raise of tourists, Forestry Bureau overcame a variety of challenges and commenced on the railway. Nowadays, tourists are able to watch amazing sunrise by taking Zhushan Line.

Dueigaoyue

Dueigaoyue

Altitude: 2405 m It's 4.9 km from Alishan station.

Dueigaoyue is a station of Zhushan Line. Tourists can also watch sunrise on the observatory of Dueigaoyue. Wooden path, maple leaf, cherry blossom, sea cloud, and snow-view are the features of this station. On 1986, the station was closed because of the operation of Zhushan Line, but it became a stop of cruise-style train from 2017.

News & Events

Groups more than 10 people will be able to reserve the theme train of the fourth season in advance
Groups more than 10 people will be able to reserve the theme train of the fourth season in advance
2020/09/12

Groups more than 10 people will be able to reserve the theme train of the fourth season in advance

Ticket reservation of Double Tenth Holiday will be opened in September 25
Ticket reservation of Double Tenth Holiday will be opened in September 25
2020/09/09

Ticket reservation of Double Tenth Holiday will be opened in September 25

Ticket reservation of mid-autumn festival holiday will be opened in September 25
Ticket reservation of mid-autumn festival holiday will be opened in September 25
2020/09/05

Ticket reservation of mid-autumn festival holiday will be opened in September 25

The secret route of AFR is first made public! Visit railway treasures in "Come To Chiayi - Hinoki Train."
The secret route of AFR is first made public! Visit railway treasures in
2020/07/03

The secret route of AFR is first made public! Visit railway treasures in "Come To Chiayi - Hinoki Train."

The release of our image video "The heart of Alishan Forest Railway"
The release of our image video
2020/06/26

The release of our image video "The heart of Alishan Forest Railway"

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Centennial railway beautiful scenery