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Leye

From Provincial Highway 18 turn onto the southern section of county road 169 at Shizhao to reach the four northern Tsou villages, Leye, Dabang (including Tefuye) Laiji and Lijia. Laiji is closer to Ta Mountain and is separated from the other three villages by the Alishan Highway.

 

Leye’s name in Tsou language means “maple forest” because the mountains used to be covered in maple trees. Unlike many other Tsou villages Leye isn’t in the remote high mountains and can be reached on three roads from Shizhao the midway point on the Alishan Highway. Most of the village has an elevation over 1000 meters. The main crops are tea and wasabi and orchid growing is also quite large scale.

 

In recent years the locals have built wooden cabins and opened homestays as a new source of income. The Tsou are one of the smaller aborigine tribes but have a high level of cultural awareness with regards their own culture. The locals also attach a lot of importance to traditional activities with, for example, the Alishan Games regarded almost as important as the mayasvi War Ceremony.

 

The Tsou also attach importance to the passing on of culture and the Alishan Elementary School (formerly Leye) is the center for passing on their culture to youngsters. Taiwan’s first aboriginal village health building center was also established in Leye.

Must Eat Dishes

Ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)

After washing, dip the leaves in salt, honey or plum powder and eat them raw, or make into a juice and add honey.

Must Visit Scenic Spots

Miyang Creek Trail

Miyang Creek Trail

The entrance to this 1.2 km trail is at the side of Alishan Township Office. It has many plum trees along it and is a good place for bird watching.

Must Do Activities

Maple Trees Swaying In The Breeze

The red leaves of the maple trees are syonymous with Alishan in Autumn. As the temperature cools between September and November every year the maple leaves turn from light yellow to bright red.

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.

Last Updated:2017-08-04 14:19

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