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Fenqihu, the midway point on the Alishan Mountain Railway is known as the Jiufen of Central Taiwan. It has been known for many years for its old street, lunch boxes and square bamboo. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and with the ground low and flat, it looks like a bamboo dust pan fen qi and, when embraced by mist and cloud, it looks like a lake hu, so it was called Fenqihu (different characters to the name today) in earlier times.

This was where the old steam trains changed locomotive and the crew took a rest. Today diesel locomotives are used but the trains still stop for a while so passengers can stretch their legs and buy food or pay a visit to the nearby market.Fenqihu’s buildings are built up the slope. Below the station there is an old street about 500 meters long on which there are many shops selling special products, such as the local lunchboxes, tofu, cakes and other tasty foods. The old street is the highest old street in Taiwan and attracts many visitors. Fenqihu was settled before the railway was built over 100 years ago so the “old street” label is well deserved.

Must Eat Dishes

Fenqihu Lunchbox

Fenqihu’s high mountain railway lunchboxes are famous all over Taiwan. In earlier times visitors to Alishan would buy their lunch when their train stopped at Fenqihu station and, to allow this to be done, the trains would stop for a while at Fenqihu.

Must Visit Scenic Spots

Tsui Feng Hall

With the theme Fenqihu yesterday and today, the splendor of local history and culture is displayed. Exhibits include daily use items from the Japanese colonial era and paintings of Fenqihu scenery by famous Taiwanese artists that show the tranquil beauty of this mountain town.

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) →County Road 169.

Last Updated:2018-12-24 09:14

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