The roads and houses in Alishan are heavily planted with blossoming cherry trees, blanketing the entire area in bright pink!
The clouds roll in each evening and the roads and small town are covered in dense fog. Shown here, the local police station, barely visible through the fog.
The sunset, filtered by the dense clouds, appeared as if it was the moon rising, with the suns rays just barely visible. Also shown are the silhouettes of the neatly trimmed rows of tea, the sprinklers on risers, and a small grove of Taiwanese cypress.
One of the tea plantations, as the fog starts to roll in. They served tea each evening at the guest house and the tea was amazingly smooth and flavorful without any bitterness nor without a lot of caffeine. It was a pleasant treat!
A double blossoming cherry at the local tea house.
There were paper wasp nests all along the road. Shown here, an abandoned wasp nest next to me for scale. You can imagine what it would be like, when filled with angry wasps!
The Alishan area has long been inhabited by the original aboriginal people of Taiwan. It has only more recently been settled by ethnic Chinese, many of whom fled mainland China as the Nationalist government fell.
Alishan is home to quite a varied number of orchid species including this, albeit not particularly showy, Liparis species.