Japanese maples turning red on Taiwan's Alishan

Japanese maple leaves in Taiwan's Alishan Forest Recreation Area are turning a brilliant candy apple red

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Just as Lidong, the first day of winter arrived yesterday, the Japanese maples in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County are starting to turn a brilliant candy apple red.

Chiayi Forest Bureau Secretary Chou Heng-kai (周恆凱) today told CNA reporters that the best months in Taiwan to view the colorful maple leaves is between November and January. However, given the wild temperature fluctuations seen this year, it is not easy to predict exactly when the red leaves will appear.

This year in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area, Oliver's Maple, red maple, and other maple varieties have already started to turn yellow, orange, and red, said Chou.


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Chou said that good areas for hikers to spot the red maple leaves include Gaoyue Trail, Zhushan Station, Ciyun Temple, Alishan Hotel, Alishan Forestry Bureau Work Station, and Marsh Park.


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Huang Yuan-ming (黃源明), a retired director of Alishan Township's Xianglin Elementary School, keeps a Facebook page with ample photos and information on the maple leaves in Alishan and Yushan National Park.


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Huang told CNA estimates that around 50 percent of the leaves will change color by the middle of November in the following areas: Alishan Hotel, Alishan Forest Recreation Area, Alishan Highway (Provincial Highway 18) between the 78 and 84 kilometer marks and between the 90 and 93 kilometer marks towards Zizhong.


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Huang said that the leaves in front of the Alishan Forestry Bureau Work Station have all turned a uniformly brilliant red. He added that nearby Xianglin Elementary school also has a grove of maples that have turned red, but advised tourists to keep their voices down if visiting during the week to avoid disturbing the students in class.


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