When traveling in Taiwan, it is important to not miss out on the beauties of this island, varying from beaches, mountains, lakes, and many other natural destinations. One of these destinations that travelers in Taiwan should go to is the famous Sun Moon Lake. Sun Moon Lake, being the largest lake in Taiwan, offers explorers a tranquil environment to unwind and also different activities while enjoying the marvelous scenic views. So, grab your backpack and head to Sun Moon Lake!
What is Sun Moon Lake?
Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) is the largest lake in Taiwan, and is situated in Yuchi, Nantou. The unique name of the lake was inspired by the shape of the lake itself, which resembles the sun on one side and the crescent moon on the other, hence the name Sun Moon Lake. This particular lake is well known for its beautiful sunrise and sunset, along with the hiking trails in the hills that surround the lake. The area around Sun Moon Lake is quite special because it is the home of the smallest tribe among other aboriginal communities in Taiwan, the Thao aboriginal tribe, which is well known for their pestle music in the Sun Moon Lake community.
Things to do in Sun Moon Lake
There are many activities that a traveler can do in Sun Moon Lake besides sightseeing, such as cycling and hiking. Bike paths in Sun Moon Lake such as the Yuetan Bike Path and the Toushe Bike Path, offer travelers marvelous scenic views of the lake, and is one of the most popular activities in Sun Moon Lake. For those who prefer to go on foot, hike through the hills and discover cultural heritages surrounding the lake, including the Wenwu Temple Hiking Trail and the Tutingzai Hiking Trail. Nonetheless, whether you decide to hop on a bike or rely on your own two feet, Sun Moon Lake’s scenic landscape will surely leave a deep impression.
Festivities in Sun Moon Lake
In addition to the activities available at the lake, many special festivals are held in Sun Moon Lake, which takes place during different times throughout the year. One example of the festivals is the Aboriginal Cherry Blossom Festival in the months of February and March, a festival dedicated to admiring the cherry blossom in full bloom. Another special festival is the Sun Moon Lake Festival that takes place in September. This celebration features many orchestras along with beautiful and festive fireworks. Many other celebrations are held in Sun Moon Lake, and more information can be obtained from the official Sun Moon Lake website.
Sun Moon Lake transportation information
Since Sun Moon Lake is located far from the city, unless driving on your own, transportation is limited to buses only. The easiest route to Sun Moon Lake is by taking the Nantou bus from Taichung city. The Nantou Bus takes passengers from different locations including Taichung Gancheng Station, Taichung Railway Station, and the Wuri THSR Station. Tickets are available at the spot, and a one-way ticket would cost 190 NTD (approximately 6 USD); there is also a Sun Moon Lake Pass, which includes additional activities such as boat tours, Sun Moon Lake Ropeway trips, entrance to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, etc. Prices and timetables of the buses can be seen on the Nantou Bus website.
Plan your itinerary to Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the perfect destination for any traveler who wants to go back to nature because of its beautiful environment. Furthermore, its hidden location in between the hills makes it a tranquil place to escape to. Various activities are available in Sun Moon Lake including both hiking trails and bicycle trails, and let’s not forget the festivals that are held in the lake every year! These aspects, combined with its natural beauty, makes Sun Moon Lake one of the top must-go-to places in Taiwan.
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