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Police call limit to cars on Alishan as cherry trees bloom

Staff writer, with CNA

The Chiayi County Police Bureau yesterday said it would start restricting the number of small passenger cars going to Alishan on the weekends and on national holidays, in a bid to regulate traffic during the Alishan cherry blossom season, which begins today.

The season has become one of the most popular tourist attractions on mountain, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

However, most visitors choose to visit on weekends or holidays, which often leads to congestion on the highway leading to Alishan Forest Park.

The bureau’s branch in Jhuci Township (竹崎) said that the restriction is scheduled to be implemented on the following three weekends of this month and during the Tomb-Sweeping holiday this year, which lasts from April 3 to April 6.

Small passenger vehicles would be prohibited from going up the mountain between 6am and 11am on those days.

To facilitate touring the park during cherry blossom season, travelers are to be asked to leave their cars at the Nioupuzih (牛埔仔) bus station parking lot and at two other parking lots located at Highway No. 18’s 61.5km and 66km markers.

They can then take a shuttle bus to Alishan Forest Park, with the bus ticket available for purchase in advance.

Meanwhile, temporary parking spaces are set to be established on the side of the highway between the 89km and 95km markers. Shuttle buses are planned to be available to pick up passengers at 10 designated stops in this section.

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