Where can I go?

Xinmei Village is at the halfway point of County Road 129 , with elevation from 400-800 meters. Villagers are actively working to give their village distinctive character and have developed scenic spots to attract visitors. In the Japanese Colonial Period Xinmei was farmland but was included in Wufeng Township (Alishan Township) by Tainan County Government after Retrocession in 1945.The first township chief actively encouraged Tsou people to move to the village and construction began in 1950.Most of the people who moved to the village were from Dapang and Lijia, with a few Han mixed in.

Xinmei has flat or sloping land that could be used for farming but lack of water prevents most crops being grown, although ginger, taro, jelly fig and camellia are grown. The main economic activity is forestry.

Xinmei’s Takupuyanu Trail rivals Danayigu Creek for scenic beauty. The church also has an associated fire story. The Tsou Cultural Hall has also been opened and will become an attraction.

Must Eat Dishes

Bamboo Shoots

Bamboos shoots are one of the special products of Alishan,; a variety of shoots are grown meaning that shoots can be eaten all year round.

Must Visit Scenic Spots

Xinmei Church

The village was struck by fire on December 28, 1997 and the church was damaged, a new church being rebuilt after three years of effort; the fire-damaged church has deliberatley been left in place.

Must Do Activities

Shanmei Taiwan Shoveljaw Carp Festival

Shanmei’s Tanayiku is a traditional hunting and fishing ground of the Tsou tribe. To protect its natural appearance the villagers have formed team of volunteer wardens to protect the river and conserve its rare shovel-jaw carp.

Additional travel tips

How to get there?

  1. Driving Information:
    National Highway 3 exit at Zhongpu Interchange→Provincial Highway 18 (Alishan Highway) →Longmei→Chia 129 Township Road→Shanmei→Xinmei.

Last Updated:2017-06-22 17:30