Sunrise in the middle of Taiwan

April 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

One of the most beautiful view I encountered in Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009

Normally, you wouldn’t see me running around at 6 o’clock in the morning. However, this is something all the tourist do at Mount Ali (Alishan) in Taiwan. We all came to Mount Ali for the same reason: to get up to the summit and see the sunrise. Therefore I set my alarm clock and left my bed when the sky was still dark. I wasn’t alone, pretty much every tourist in this little village came out from every hotel there. It was quite an interesting sight, sorta like zombies walking out from their hiding place once the sun is set.

We bought the train ticket and boarded a retro looking train, I guessed that it might had been in service since the 80s. The train ride was not long, but there was nothing to see as it was dark out. From the train station, I walked with all other passengers up the hill and waited together with the crowded. There were a couples of viewing points, so do not stop at the first viewing point you come across.

The first thing I saw was a sea of fog covering the valley below, The sky already lightened up with a tint of purple in it. It looked exactly like some Chinese painting, very dreamy and poetic. Then a sliver of sunlight showed through, and brighten up the mountains across. Not long after, a Chinese man yelled “The sun came out!”. The sun peaked out from behind the Mount Jade, like the brightest diamond on earth.

The sky was painted with pale colours at Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

The fog below made it a dreamy sight at Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

Finally, the sign of sunrise is here. Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

Sunshine turned everything alive at Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

Don't you think it looks like a pretty Chinese ink painting? Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

Rise and shine! Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

Perhaps, seeing the sun rise alone wan’t anything special, but seeing it with the foggy mountains below and the cheering from the crowd, was definitely an interesting experience. Oh, they also sell different kinds of morning snacks around the train station, the Taiwanese egg pancake with pumpkin was delicious!

Food stalls selling breakfast near the train station in Mount Ali, Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009.

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