Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan Tourist Attractions and Travel

Surrounded by green mountains, Sun Moon Lake is the pearl of Central Taiwan. The Sun Moon Lake in the mountains of central Taiwan is a truly delightful place for rest and relaxation. Also it is a favorite honeymoon spot. The poetically named lake, situated lake, situated at an elevation of 2,500 feet, is a year-round resort with many beautiful surroundings.

Sun Moon Lake travel, Taiwan Tourist Attractions

The lake is a good base for hiking, also for visiting the highest pagoda and the biggest temple in Taiwan, an aborigine settlement and other places of interest. Sun Moon Lake is the largest natural lake in Taiwan. The Eastern part of the lake is round like the sun, while the Western part is shaped like a crescent moon - hence the name "Sun Moon Lake".

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In the middle of the lake (between the "sun" and the "moon") is an island which has long been a sacred place for the Shao people. This island (Lalu) is off-limits to visitors. Only the Shao people can go there to worship their ancestors. (There is a ferry that passes by it, departing every hour from 9:00 to 4:00). But the beauty of Sun Moon Lake is not Lalu. The beauty of Sun Moon Lake is found in the surrounding mountains. From the lake, tier upon tier of countless peaks can be seen rising up into the sky. The nearby mountains appear dark with vegetation. The mountains that echo farther and farther away appear less and less distinct until they fade into the sky.


The lake has not always looked the way it does now. At one time Lalu was a much larger island, a pearl separating the "Sun Lake" from the "Moon Lake". But in the construction of a hydroelectric power plant, the Japanese in 1934 deepened the lake by Sun Moon Lake attractions directing water from the adjacent lakes at Puli and Yuchih. The depth changed from 6 meters to 27 meters. The surface area of the lake changed from 1.8 sq miles to nearly 3 sq. miles (4.55 sq kms to 7.73 sq. kms). The big pearl became a little pearl. The Shao people were moved from their beloved Lalu to the upper Sun Moon Village. Sao Paulo


Seven trails are available for hiking. Even if you choose to stay overnight at Sun Moon Lake, you might not have enough time to hike more than three of them. If this is the case, we suggest that you choose the Hanbi Trail, the Dachuhu Lake Trail, and the Tzuen Pagoda Trail.


Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest and most beautiful lake- that is, when you should believe all the honeymooners and tourists who come over there. The clear blue water invites for swimming, but because this is not allowed, you'll have to Taiwan Tourist Attractions rent a boat and make a trip to the Kuanghua Island on the western side of the lake (or grab your chance when water skiing).


It will take at least a day to see all the sights around the lake. There are several temples, such as the Wenwu Temple (dedicated to Confucius and Kuankung) and the Hsuanchuang Temple. Peacock Park is a mini zoo where you can visit the Butterfly Museum and have your picture taken at an idyllic spot. Tehuashe Aboriginal Village is located at the far end of the lake.


Make the effort of rising early in the morning to catch a glimpse of Jade Mountain reflected in the water, just after the morning mists have disappeared.


A favorite of Chiang Kai-shek, this man-made lake sits 2,500 ft/760 m above sea level near the center of Taiwan. Though it's beautiful, don't go for peace: It's by far the Republic's most popular tourist destination (especially for honeymooners and wealthy Taiwanese who built lavish vacation homes there). At times, such as Chinese New Year, it is more Sun Moon Lake travel crowded than attractions in Taipei. You'll enjoy the drive there: The spectacular jungle scenery on the way to it gives new meaning to the word lush.


A disastrous earthquake struck the area during the early hours of 21 September 1999. More than 2,000 people lost their lives, many buildings were destroyed and the lake actually changed shape because of the tremendous forces. The shrine in the center of the lake sank by 5 ft/2 m.


Everything is back to normal, however. The buildings have been replaced by stronger structures (able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake) and the damage to surrounding temples repaired. The island in the center of the lake is now surrounded by pontoons.


Though the lake can be seen as a day-trip from Taichung, plan to overnight so you can begin your day with an early-morning stroll along the shoreline road. Expensive but worth the indulgence are the rooms at Chiang Kai-shek's former Sun Moon Lake tourism country retreat, now an upscale boutique-hotel. The lake is surrounded by pagodas and temples, including Huang-Tsang Temple and the Wen Wu Temple. Wen Wu is particularly nice—it has ornate architecture and unimpeded views of the lake.


Tours of the lake are by motorboat and usually include stops at an aboriginal village. This tour is quite commercialized, but if dressing up in traditional clothes and taking photos is your thing, you'll enjoy it, and it is free. There is a hard sell later on for the local produce. If you're staying at Sun Moon Lake, you can take day trips to Taichung or to the ancient city of Tainan. 50 mi/80 km southeast of Taichung.

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