The Alishan Sisters’ Ponds are two different sized high mountain ponds connected to each other. They said there were a couple of sisters falling in love with the same man. They didn’t want to hurt their sisterhood so they jumped into the ponds respectively to kill themselves. Because of the sad and beautiful story, the Sisters’ Ponds became really famous. People there put a root head of a big cypress tree on the elder sister’s pond to be the base and built two Missing Pavilions on it, connected to the shore with wooden bridges. They also built a 180-meter long walk surrounding the ponds.
The Elder Sister’s Pond is a bit rectangular, about 360 square feet in size. The Younger Sister’s Pond is more round, about 120 square feet in size. Both ponds are decades old. The pond water is very clean and peaceful without waves, like a mirror, so it is an important landscape of the Alishan Forest Scenic Spot. Especially when the pond is full of water, visitors tend to linger here to indulge in the quiet peace. With fish jumping out of the green, people can’t help but think of the old times. However, Taiwan weather has been very dry these years. It is so dry that the Sisters’ Ponds finally dried out in 2002. The bottom can be seen for the first time; the ponds can’t keep being water resources any more. When go visiting, you want to focus more on the changes of the nearby ecological areas. If it is a time when there is lots of water in the pond, you will understand how valuable the beautiful scene is.
Location: In the Alishan Forest Recreation Park. No.59, Jhongjheng Village, Alishan Township. (Map)
Open Hours: All Day Long
Please refer to official announcements of the Alishan Forest Recreation Park for information on ticket price and open hour details.
2. If you drive, we suggest you to fulfill your tank before going up to the mountains. Because there is no 24-hour gas station in the later journey, you must do that at around Dingliou.
●Contact Phone Number: The Alishan Forest Recreation Park Visitor Service Center 05-2679917
Transportation Information (To Alishan Forest Recreation Park)
The South 2nd Highway: Exit at Jhongpu→ Towards Chukou, connect to Alishan Highway to go up to the mountains → Pass Chukou, Longmei, Longtou, Shihjhuo and keep going then you will be there.
1. Chungshan Highway: Exit at Chiayi→159 County Highway to Chiayi City → Go on Tai 18 Province Highway (Shihsian Rd., Wufong South Rd.) then go on Alishan Highway to go up to the mountains → Pass Chukou, Longmei, Longtou, Shihjhuo and keep going then you will be there.
2. The South 2nd Highway: Exit at Jhongpu → Towards Chukou, connect to Alishan Highway to go up to the mountains → Pass Chukou, Longmei, Longtou, Shihjhuo and keep going then you will be there.
PS. Since you get off the Highway, there will be signs of the Forest Recreation Park along the way until the main entrance of the Forest Recreation Park. The distance is 75 kilometers.
Ride the Chiayi County Bus at Chiayi Train Station, the Alishan Line, and get off at the last stop then you are there..
Ride Guoguang Bus at Chiayi Train Station going to Alishan.
Ride small train of the Alishan Forest, and get off at Jhaoping Station then you are there.
PS. Mass transportation doesn’t run often. It is recommended to look up their schedules first before you take off.