Fenchihu Old Town

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Fenchihu Old Town
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KB C
Illinois744 contributions
Quick tourist stop
Jul 2020 • Couples
Nearby are a couple of old trees and the town has souvenirs and snacks and tea or coffee for a quick stop.
Written 9 July 2020
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TonyCoolidge
Austin, TX750 contributions
More to explore than nearby Alishan. A magical place.
Feb 2020
Nestled within three mountains near the famous Mt. Ali (Chiayi County) is the old Japanese-era village of Fenqihu. We have enjoy exploring the top of Mt. Ali (Alishan), but visiting this village was even more enjoyable. First, it provided top-notch hiking for the family, with mountain views, cedar forests, and cherry blossoms. The Old street provided local delicacies, such as Alishan tea and coffee, and the railway bento boxes, which were invented here.There is also an operational mountain railway line, which add a rustic charm to the area.

It takes awhile to get there, but it is well worth it.
Written 17 February 2020
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estherchilcott
Singapore, Singapore202 contributions
Cute little old town
Jan 2020 • Friends
We were there on my way to Alisan. Cute little old town with ample of shops.

A lot of food stalls, selling local produce. Interesting! We had the popular bento, they are yummy!

We visit the old railway with the old style of train
Written 11 February 2020
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Tyng911
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions
Nice view and fresh air
Jun 2019
Lots of walk path with fresh air and old town kind of feel, is definitely an area which is way out from city.
Written 4 July 2019
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Ian K
Singapore252 contributions
A Lovely 3 Hours Visit!
Jan 2019 • Couples
Enroute to Alishan, we took the little forest train up to Fenchihu. After a good stretching, my wife and I proceeded to explore the sleepy mountain town.

Due to prior research, we are aware of the famous "Fenchihu Railway Bento" (in fact, that was all we know about the town), and decided to make that our first order of business. Locating the bento was not hard, there are life-sized cardboard standees of a bearded elderly man (I guess he is the creator of the bento) guiding visitors to the bento.

Seated down in an interesting, almost a makeshift dining room furbished with wooden tables and stools, my wife and I shared the "Special Bento" which had both pork and chicken. It was delicious; definitely a must-try.

The town of Fenchihu is a pretty chill place. There are some cafes, which offer both coffee/ beverage and a nice mountain view, where you can spend a bit of time in, relaxing.

Funny incident. I saw a donut shop on Google Map which stated in Chinese, "100 Years Old something Donut Shop". Intrigued, we walked over to the shop, which was basically somebody's house and the owner decided to make and sell donuts right at the front. Tried the donut, though good, we thought it was too "modernised" to be from a 100 year old recipe. Long story short, the actual name of the shop was "100 Years Old Elm Donut Shop"; I did not know how to read "檜木 (Elm)" and immediately assumed the donut shop was 100 years old.

Pro-tip: Leave your luggage in the lockets at the railway station. There is no need to haul them all over the place. Shout out to the kind lady shop vendor who called out to me and gave me that back-saving tip.

All in all, Fenchihu was a great way to spend 3 to 4 hours, just enjoying the view at a casual pace, and enjoy some local snacks.
Written 4 July 2019
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mbr168
Quezon City, Philippines17 contributions
Nice quiet place
Apr 2019 • Friends
Nice place to just relax. The weather is cool and favorable when we went in mid April. Lots of bamboo trails to take. Lunchbox bento is a must try.
Written 24 April 2019
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Anita-golding
Bristol, UK42 contributions
Family trip
Mar 2019
Market here is very good. So much local produce to sample.
Arrive early as parking is very limited - you have to park on the road outside the village.
Some attractive wooden buildings.
There is some Railway history around. This is still a station.
Written 16 March 2019
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Jeff1903
King's Lynn, UK1 566 contributions
A pleasant stop on the way up to Alishan
Mar 2019 • Couples
A pleasant stop on the way up to Alishan where we walked down the old street, browsing the stalls, sampling the food and having a good value lunch. We had time for a look at the station and the exhibition and to see the train come in. There is a chance to do longer walks if your schedule allows. It was quite busy when we were there.
Written 15 March 2019
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Amethyst_Cat_Oz
Brisbane, Australia304 contributions
Watch the train, walk the streets
Jan 2019 • Couples
We spent a wet afternoon here and loved it. The old village street is very atmospheric and the buildings are interesting. There's also the train station - watch the trains come and go! We snacked on a bento box at the station - pay a little more and go inside where you can sit and admire the view. Finally, walk a bit of the town trail along the hillside above the railway and road - bridges, steps and views.
Written 3 February 2019
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore9 979 contributions
Excellent three-hour stopover after riding the Alishan Forest Rail
Dec 2018 • Family
Online booking of the Alishan Rail from Chiayi to Fengqihu starts 15 days ahead from 6 am. I managed to get three good seats which were assigned to us in the second car, seats 1,5 and 9 on the right side which offers a more scenic view such as the sea of clouds. There is a luggage storage area and more luggage space at seat one. There is only one train per day going up at 9 am and another coming down at 2 pm. Journey is about 2.5 hours. On reaching Fengqihu, we left our luggages at the coin-operated lockers at NT$50 each for three hours. We ate the bento lunch at Fengqihu hotel. After lunch, I walked the logging trail from across the train station followed by the Cedar plank trail behind the old street. The shops in the old street are interesting but I was more interested in exploring the nature trails. Walking the Cedar plank trail also lead me to the famous blue house and some lovely cherry trees with both pink and darker pink colour flowers. Beside the blue house is the famous house selling the fengqihu doughnuts.

After three hours, we walked from the railway station through the old train museum with our luggages to the public bus-stop where we waited for our car to bring us to Season Star minsu at Xiding where we stayed the night before proceeding to Alishan House after breakfast. We stayed another night at Alishan House so that we could view sunrise at Mt Ogasawara and walked the different trails there.

I enjoyed Fengqihu and the hikes as the weather was excellent for walking and there is much to see and explore.
Written 3 January 2019
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