CNN published an article recognizing the ‘stunning’ historic railway that turned 106 years old in 2018
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – International News media organization CNN published a piece exploring the history of Taiwan’s Alishan Forest Railroad, and the beauty of Taiwan’s central mountain range.
The Alishan Forest Railway dates back to 1912, when it was constructed by the Japanese Colonial Government to assist in logging. Now it is celebrating its 106th year, and has become an important cultural symbol, and a fantastic tourist attraction in central Taiwan.
Covering around 71.4 kilometers of tracks over the steep, winding, and often misty mountainside, the Alishan Railroad seemingly takes riders on a trip through time, providing panoramic views of the lush forests and quaint mountain rail stations along the way.
A trip on the Alishan Forest Railway can be an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of Taiwan’s cities, and may remind visitors of a time when life was simpler. Liao Yuan-chiao, a train captain is quoted in the report “It feels more human, unlike the cold and automated modern machines.”