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Shizhao got its name because many years ago there was a square stone on which a footprint could clearly be seen, said to have been left by a visiting celestial in ancient times.


Today Shizhao is an important halfway point on the Alishan Highway as well as the meeting point of several roads. The streets are lined with restaurants and special produce stores and, in terms of bustle, it is second only to Alishan Forest Recreation Area . Fenqihu is famous for its lunchboxes while Shizhao is renowned for its lu wei soy sauce braised foods.Why? In early times the only way for visitors to reach Alishan was by railway and, when they arrived at Fenqihu after setting off from Chiayi, it would be almost noon and they would be hungry and eager to buy lunchboxes. When the Alishan Highway opened people would arrive at Shizhao around 9am, the journey from Chiayi taking just 75 minutes or so, and eat breakfast, with many people buying lu wei to eat after reaching Alishan.

Must Eat Dishes

High Mountain Tea

High Mountain Tea

The natural environment and climate of Alishan and soil rich in organic matter make the tea grow in the Alishan area sweet and fragrant tea; the tea is regarded as amongst the best tea in Taiwan.

Must Visit Scenic Spots

Dinghu Eco Park

The eco park is next to Shizhao and has a moso bamboo trail, an original forest wooden plank trail and trace fossils. The moso bamboo trail is suitable for an easy 1-2 hour stroll and leads to a pavilion.

Must Do Activities

Leisurely Journey Along The Road To Tea

Leisurely Journey Along The Road To Tea

On the road to tea, visitors pick tea, make tea, make snacks DIY and taste creative tea dishes, giving the tea industry cultural depth and diversified development.

Additional travel tips

How to get there?

  1. Driving Information:
    National Highway 3 exit at Zhongpu Interchange→Provincial Highway 18 (Alishan Highway)→arrive when reach 63 k marker.

Last Updated:2017-08-04 17:49

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