The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountainous region full of high altitude tea plantations, gushing waterfalls and small Tsou settlements and is located in the mountains of Taiwan’s Chiayi County. Starting at an altitude of 300m, the 327-sq-km scenic area in the west at Chukou rises quickly to heights of more than 2600m. The diversity of this place in terms of its climate, soils and landscapes has provided a rich plantation area. Everything from wasabi, plums and oolong tea, plus little-known foods such as bird-nest fern, tree tomatoes, ai yu jelly and millet wine are all produced here. Visitors can set foot along the many hiking trails, view refreshing waterfalls and ride through the forest on a narrow-gauge train.