Amazing Pictures Taken at Alishan National Forest in Taiwan

Jiahong Su, a trail guide for the Alishan Forest Railway Management Office of the Taiwan Forestry Bureau, captured the natural beauty of the sunrise, sea of ​​clouds and cloud-fall at Xiaoliyuan's Mountain 360-degree viewing platform.

Wenliang Yu, had been known as a virtuous and talented person since he was young. (Image: via Jiahong Su)

Jiahong Su is a tour guide and professional photographer for Alishan National Forest in Taiwan. After several years of guiding tourists through the park, for the first time in his life, he saw a sea of clouds and a cloud-fall on the same day.

On July 21, Mr. Su brought a group of students from the Alishan Ecological Experience Camp. They woke up around 3 o’clock in the morning to take a train from Alishan Station to Zhushan Station, then they walked about a half-mile to Xiaoliyuan Mountain. When they arrived, the clouds were very thick; some clouds were slowly opening up. They saw a sea of clouds and, at the same time, a cloud-fall. They were all very astonished!

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Following are the pictures he took that day of the cloud formations, as well as some of the unique birds that inhabit the park system.

(Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)
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(Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)

“Every student was very surprised!” Jiahong Su said. “I did not expect to be able to see the sunrise, the sea of clouds, and a cloud-fall on the same day!”

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(Image: Jiahong Su)
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(Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)

According to Mr. Su, Taiwan’s national bird the Mikado pheasant, which is printed on the back of the $1,000 bill, is found in Alishan National Park. Their mating season is from March to July.

Taiwan's national bird, the Mikado pheasant, is found in the Alishan National Forest.
Mr. Su captured a picture of two female birds searching for food. (Image: Jiahong Su)

He captured a picture of two female birds searching for food.

The Mikado pheasant is listed as one of the world’s near-threatened birds. It is the largest species of bird in Taiwan and is found high in the mountains of Alishan.

Taiwan's national bird, the Mikado pheasant, is found in the Alishan National Forest.
The Mikado pheasant is listed as one of the world’s near-threatened birds. (Image: Jiahong Su)

Alishan is a great place to watch birds. People come to the Xiaoliyuan mountain viewing platform to see the sunrise, watch the stars, and also admire the birds, such as the Mikado pheasant, Formosan whistling-thrush, Taiwan bush-warbler, Collared bush-robin, White-whiskered laughing-thrush, and the Taiwan yuhina.

(Image: Jiahong Su)
The Steers babbler. (Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)
The Taiwan jay. (Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)
The Taiwan yuhina. (Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)
The white-whiskered laughing-thrush. (Image: Jiahong Su)
(Image: Jiahong Su)
The collared bush robin. (Image: Jiahong Su)

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