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Leaf-peeping tours on Alishan Railway to launch in December

2019/10/18 17:53:16

Photo courtesy of Huang Yuan-ming

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) The Alishan Forest Railway will run a leaf-peeping-themed train this December, from which celebrated local photographer Huang Yuan-ming (黃源明) will lead passengers on tours of the area's colorful foliage, the Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office announced Friday.

According to the statement, Huang, who operates a popular Alishan photography blog, will guide passengers to famous scenic spots including Xiaoliyuanshan Lookout to take in the fall colors, which are often at their peak in December.

Huang has deep knowledge of the area, having worked as a teacher for more than 30 years at the Xianglin Elementary School, which is not only the highest-elevation school in Taiwan at 2,195 meters, but also the only school located within the Alishan National Scenic Area.

The railway network said the themed train will run once per day on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, and will be limited to 80 passengers on each trip.

Tickets, covering train fare, guide fees, meals and commemorative souvenirs, will go on sale 15 days before each train's departure date and will cost NT$1,200 (US$39.23).

(By Huang Guo-fang and Matthew Mazzetta)