You must make reservations before visiting the Luanshan Forest Culture. There is also an special tradition that guests must follow. Similar to bringing gifts to a dinner party, visitors have to bring a bottle of rice wine and a bag of betel nut as “tribute”. Aliman will then take you his ancestorial home for a prayer to commune with the spirits of his forebearers as well as the gods of the mountains. This prayer allows the party safe passage while displaying reverence towards nature.
The Forest Museum has designed a special route that takes visitors through the trees the entire trip. The journey starts by climbing up “Hero’s Cliff,” a steep 10-meter rockface. This requires you to use the ropes that line both sides of the trail to get to the top. Traversing the steep and rugged path is quite hard for most people. However, the indigenous guides display their physical prowess by running the trail. Next up, you must take on the “Heaven’s Rock,” a small crevice between two rockfaces. Visitors have to suck in their bellies to make it through this narrow path. Right after, the path takes you to a two-story-high boulder that you have to climb over to reach the exit. The entire journey is packed with mystery and excitement. The final and most enticing part includes the thousand-year-old banyan tree. The tree’s massive vines seem to be filled with a life of their own. Climbing through the interwoven banyan roots, you’ll think you’re living in the world of Avatar.
Once you have completed your adventure, you will enjoy a authentic Bunun meal in traditional hut that the tribe built. Visitors are alwaus blown away when they enter and see the amazing feast in front of them! Bunun cuisine is full of natural flavors because most traditional dishes include wild greens, such as bird’s-nest fern and Sargent gloryvine. You can also try the some meat grilled the traditional Bunun way. Bamboo spikes are sharpened to place wild boar meat over charcoal flames. The meat always comes out succulent and tender and the juice has a subtle bamboo aroma. This is a delicacy that can only be found here! After the meal, you can try an interactive “mochi making” activity. Visitors will be able to bring a scrumptious hand-made dessert back home with them.