Taiwan: Alishan Tea Garden Morning

Travel Period : 30th Oct – 6th Nov 2012

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Day 2 Itinerary :

  • To watch the sunrise (Alishan Tea Garden Home Stay)


We woke up early in the morning before 6am (we were told by the owner that sunrise was 6.30am but realised it was closer to 6am when we Googled about it ourselves) and followed the directions he gave us the night before, to reach a path just next to the homestay. Both of us did not have a good night’s sleep due to the tiredness from the first day and stuffy noses from the chilly night but still, we were thinking, “Anything for sunrise!” The little boy was as usual chirpy and excited to walk outside.

The air was fresh and cooling. We passed by some tea plantations, admired it for a while and soon got to the end of the pathway, where we were supposed to witness the sunrise.

We stood and waited and kept waiting for about 10 minutes.


Unfortunately, the morning was misty/cloudy so we ended up seeing nothing.

Nevertheless, it was still a refreshing experience to wake up and stroll around the mountainous area early in the morning together as a family. We were on an elevated path and could see the settlements below. It was quite nice to be standing at the edge and just view the scenery and Dar had a good run down the path. As we strolled, there was also a mist passing through the mountains.


We then returned to the homestay, where its exterior was as nicely decorated as its interiors, thus living up to its name as a ‘garden’. While Dar and Cat were admiring the scenery and ambience ourside, I went into the main hall to brew some Alishan tea, before sitting by the table beside the fence outdoors and overlooking the mountains. What a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the peacefulness and serenity of nature!


We returned to our room to pack our luggage, before having our breakfast in the main hall and anticipating the arrival of Mr Zheng (鄭先生), our original hired driver. Meanwhile, Dar decided to do some drawing on the notebook we had prepared for him before the trip.



Knowing that it would be close to a 4-hour car drive from the homestay to Sun Moon Lake, we braced ourselves for a long ride. It would probably be a good chance to catch up on our sleep too, since we had woken up so early that morning.

As for the prepaid 3G SIM Card that Mr Zheng had bought for me, it was not a microSIM card so I had to cut it to size before it could be inserted into my iPhone. Dar also complained of a stomache on our way downhill but soon discovered that he was probably just having some gas in his stomach when we stopped somewhere for a toilet.

We were also stopped once again by the roadblock downhill and had to delay for 30 minutes before we could go on. Along the way to Sun Moon Lake, Mr Zheng asked if we wanted to visit the other places of interests we passed by but we rejected all of them, since we didn’t want to waste any more time, given that our time at Sun Moon Lake was already limited due to the long traveling time.


Breakfast: Alishan Tea Garden Homestay 茶香花園民宿 (Travel Taiwan – Accommodation)


After washing up from our early morning walk and packing up our luggage, we headed out to the main hall for our breakfast, where the owner took out their freshly made breakfast from the kitchen to our table. Each set consisted of toasts, bacon, spaghetti and salad with tasty corn soup.
This was our first home stay breakfast so it had left a good and deep impression on us, especially when we could admire the scenery just outside the doors and windows while we ate.

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  1. michelle July 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm


    I would like to know which room you staying? Tuscany or Moutain Hometown?

    1. Vin July 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Hi Michelle,

      We were staying at Tuscany.

      1. Michelle July 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

        Is it possible to view sunrise nearby the accomodation instead of going up to the hill of Alisan by train?

        1. Vin July 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

          According to the owner, yes, this is possible. Unfortunately, we were unable to witness that due to unfavourable weather condition.

  2. Alan July 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Vin,

    I was wondering can you catch the train ride to Zushan train station to watch the sunrise from the hotel?


    1. Vin July 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Unfortunately, going there from Tea Garden Minsu will mean you have to depart very early and with own transport. It would be much better to stay in a Minsu at Alisan Recreation area instead.

  3. Doris August 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    How much did u pay for the cab ride to /fro Alishan.

    1. Vin August 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Hi Doris,

      You can find out details of our hired drivers and costs at our Summary post here: http://www.travelsnapstories.com/2013/08/summary-of-taiwan-experiences/

  4. David September 30, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Hi, was looking thru taiwan blogs and happen to see yours. I’m interested to stay in Alishan Tea Garden Homestay.
    May i know how to go about making a reservation? Is it make reservation by phone?

    1. Cat September 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi, David, you can email them about your reservation.
      This is their url: http://www.alishan-home.com.tw

  5. samantha October 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Hi guys! thank for putting up such informative blog about your Taiwan trip.
    I was checking out the Tea Garden website and it says that we have to pay a deposit first?
    How did you guys go about doing that?

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