Welcome to Sun Moon Lake, home to the Thao people. It is also the largest body of fresh water on the island of Taiwan. Renown for it’s scenery, it is a top (and sometimes overcrowded) attraction.
In the middle of the lake is Lalu island, sacred to the Thao people.
There are two major ‘villages’ on the shores of the lake offering travel infrastructures. They are Shuishe and Itashao, all buses will stop at the former while you have to take a ferry to reach the latter.
The late President of the R.O.C Chiang Kai-shek was also very fond of the lake, his private boat here on display. The shores of the lake is also dotted with many Chinese pavilions.
You are not permitted to swim on the lake except once a year during the mid-Autumn festival. However there are tons of boats for hire to cruise around the lake.
A nice sunset walk along the lake.
Also very visible along the shores are many huge temples.
Peach Blossom Pavilion.
While walking along the lake do observe the floating island farms which the local tribe developed over the centuries.
Lake surrounded by high mountains.
It’s very easy to get to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei. Either take a direct bus to the lake or take a train (high speed or normal) to Taichung city and a bus to Shuishe (approx 2h).
Very touristy but hey there’s reason for that…. it’s just gorgeous here!