County Road 169, after passing Dabang, heads straight up into the mountains and, after about an hour by car, Lijia is reached, the end of the road. Without doubt, Lijia is the most remote of the Tsou villages and has the air of a lost paradise, tucked away in a hidden valley in central Taiwan.

Lijia has Dabang and Leye to the north and Shanmei to the south while, to the southeast, it borders Taoyuan Township, Kaohsiung. County Road 169 is the only road serving Lijia and ends at the village. Every house in the village grows bird's-nest fern, orchids and other plants of various colors on its wall , giving the village a simple but beautiful flavor. The high mountains that surround the village hold rich natural resources.

The agricultural produce grown in Lijia includes ginger, bamboo shoots, jelly fig, high mountain tea, tea-oil tree, and tree tomatoes. After starting to grow tea in recent years the villagers have set up their own tea factories. Longchen Farm grows lilies and tulips in greenhouses. High mountain vegetables are also grown and the village has a market.

In terms of natural resources, Lijia Creek and Dannayiku Creek converge and become the upper reaches of the Zengwen River. The river was once full of shovel nosed minnows and, as numbers declined, the local people formed the River Management Committee to carry out river ecological conservation work and have achieved great success.

Must Eat Dishes

Camellia Oil

Lijia produces high quality camellia oil. The processed finished product is developing a good reputation in the market.

Must Visit Scenic Spots

Lijia Maple Viewing Trail

From the trail entrance a bird’s eye view of the whole of Lijia Village can be enjoyed. As the wooden plank trail is walked, village scenery, maple forest and bamboo forest can be viewed.

Must Do Activities


23 species of firefly can be seen in the Greater Alishan area (roughly one third of the 62 species in Taiwan) and the fireflies can be seen from low elevations to medium elevations, making it a great place to view fireflies. The firefly wedding ceremony is held throughout the year.

Additional travel tips

How to get there?

  1. Driving Information:
    National Highway 3 exit at Zhongpu Interchange→Provincial Highway 18 (Alishan Highway) →Shizhao→County Road 169→Leye→Tefuye→Dabang→Lijia.

Last Updated:2017-06-22 16:40