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Hiking Alishan’s historic Mianyue trail

  • 14 August, 2022
  • Naomi Hellman
Hiking Alishan’s historic Mianyue trail
Hikers walk along the former Mianyue train track in Alishan (Photo: Naomi Hellman)

Alishan’s historic Mianyue trail was originally built in the early 20th century under Japanese occupation for logging cypress and Taiwania wood. 

It operated as a railway with diesel and steam locomotives for almost 100 years until trains were finally abandoned and the track was transformed into a relaxing walk for hikers through tranquil forest and along moss covered wooden railway ties. 

A section of the track and tunnel were completely destroyed by a large earthquake and powerful typhoon that devastated Taiwan in 1999 and 2009, respectively. 

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