Alishan Township, Chiayi County 605, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
While travelling on the nostalgic train that used to facilitate logging during the Japanese Colonial Era, you’ll be visiting several old train stations in Alishan such as Zhaoping Station, the former Alishan Station. This is one of the earliest developed areas in Alishan, but a catastrophic fire back in 1976 reduced the area to ashes. Later, Zhaoping Park was built up on the original site and today welcomes you with the spectacular view of Alishan. When cherry blossoms are blooming in the park, visitors can appreciate the sea of flowers from the 176.7-meter-long walkway suspended 14 meters above the ground. As the view is grand in spring, large crowds often flock to the park and pack the viewing areas when the flowers are in full bloom.
Zhaoping Station has undergone a renovation in 2013 and continues to impress with its modern-looking wooden structure, which is so pleasing to the eyes. The station hall and the platform entrance are on the first floor, connected with the original platform; on the second floor, a permanent exhibition that highlights the history of Alishan allows you to have some extra education while traveling. The balcony overlooks the vast Zaoping Park and the lofty Tashan (Mt. Ta) is a great place to enjoy the misty cloud forest that dazzles your eyes.