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.
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We have stayed at and recommend Chiayi Crown Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), Shin Kao Hotel (you can book on Agoda here or Trip.com here), and YesHotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), which are all quality hotels for a reasonable price near Chiayi Station. We also recommend Shianghu Botique Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), with excellent quality for the money just our of Chiayi City center. Finally we have stayed at and recommend Fenchihu Street Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), which is within walking distance of Fenqihu Old Street, Fenqihu Station, and many amazing hikes in the area.
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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. If you are looking for car rentals, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKday here. You can also check out our car rental guide here. Looking for scooter rental in Chiayi? You can check out Klook here or KKday here to search for options. You can also check out our scooter rental guide here.
By Bus: From Chiayi Bus Station, take bus 7216A to Chukou Station (about 1.5 hours). You can book tickets to travel to Chiayi via inter-city bus on Klook here.
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.
You can purchase tours and tickets of the Alishan Railway through Klook here or KKday here.
Check out our full guide to the Alishan Forest Railway here. You can also check out our full guide to Chiayi here.
For an overview of other places you can visit in Taiwan, you can also check out our full travel guide to Taiwan here.
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