While Chiayi (嘉義; Jiāyì) is not part of the Alishan National Scenic Area, almost every traveler will have to pass through here to get there. The narrow-gauge train to Alishan leaves from Chiayi Train Station, as do buses and taxis. There are a few sights worth checking out in and around Chiayi, so plan to spend a day or so before moving on.
Central Chiayi is small enough to walk across in 30 minutes.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Chiayi.