Chukou Village in Fanlu Township (番路鄉) of Chiayi is a pleasant stop along the Alishan Highway, It features multiple suspension bridges, mountain temples, rivers and waterfalls, and lots of hikes. If you have time you should definitely stop here and enjoy the scenery.
Fanlu gets its name from the Cou Tribe that named the area Fan Village, and was an important trading spot between Han Chinese settlers and indigenous tribes-people. Fanlu Township was briefly a part of Tainan county after WWII, but was moved back to Chiayi county in 1951. Currently it has 11,000 residents.
When the Alishan Forest Railway is damaged, this placed becomes an important stop for many travelers along the Alishan Highway.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From Chiayi, take provincial highway 18 east until you reach the first switchbacks up the mountain. Chukou Village is at the base of the mountain; it's hard to miss.
By Bus: From Chiayi Bus Station, take bus 7216A to Chukou Station (about 1.5 hours).
Please see below:
I have passed by Chukou Village eight times, twice each time going to Alishan. I have always been interested in the place passing by, so I finally decided to park here and check it out. See our drone footage below for an overview of the area:
There were quite a few Pacific Swift birds flying near me, but they are pretty good at sensing their surroundings.
See above for a 360 panorama of the area.
View of Dijiu Suspension Bridge (地九橋) and Longyin Temple (龍隱寺).
View of Tianchang Suspension Bridge (天長吊橋) which leads to TianlongYan Shengnan Temple (天龍岩聖南宮).
Another view above provincial highway 18 and Dijiu Bridge.
View from the ground of Dijiu Bridge, which is a romantic location I guess.
At the end of the day, you can't really spend to much time in Chukou, it is really only a stop along the road to Alishan. There are many beautiful scenic spots along the road to Alishan, like this one above.
Or spotting hidden waterfalls like this one.
Or seeing a sea of clouds like this at Shizhou (石桌).
More clouds rolling in at Shizhuo.
View of Fenqihu Village along the Alishan Forest Railway.
And finally you can make your way to Alishan.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of our blogs on Chiayi to come!
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