Alishan Forest Railway Shut Down Until End of August|豪雨.地震影響 阿里山森鐵封閉至月底
Due to the effects of the southwest wind and convective cloud systems, the Central Weather Bureau is continuing to issue special heavy rain advisories for municipalities in central and southern Taiwan. The Alishan Forest Railway will be closed for maintenance until the end of August due to recent torrential rain and earthquakes. One store operator on Fenqi Lake's Old Street says sales will be affected by at least 70 percent this summer by the continuous heavy rains and the railroad being out of commission.
Abysmal weather has kept tourists away from Fenqi Lake's Old Street on Alishan for a month. Local stores say the railway being out of commission until the end of the month will only make things worse.
We were told by the Forestry Bureau the railway may be shut down until the end of August. This means 150 to 200 fewer tourists a day. It's having a pretty big impact on us.
Business is just OK normally, but there are days now when we earn just a few hundred NT dollars. It's a difference of at least 80 percent.
The Zhangnaoliao section of the Alishan Forest Railway has been damaged by recent rains and earthquakes. Due to safety considerations, the line will be shut down until the end of the month.
With rockslides and falling rocks continuing to plague area freeways, tourists are thinking twice about traveling up the mountain.
There are torrential rains pouring down all along the way and a ton of shattered rocks on the side of the road. It's pretty dangerous. We were planning to head back up to Alishan around 3 p.m. today, but the local people were honest and told us we should head down.
Most of the torrential rain in the Chiayi area has fallen in mountainous areas. One business owner says summer is usually peak tourist season for Alishan but the weather discourages tourists from staying longer on the mountain. With the railway out of commission, he hopes at the very least the weather will improve in the next two weeks.
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