Recommended food & places of interest:
Sun Moon Lake is the home of the Thao Tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, and it is also the largest body of water in Taiwan. This lake is named so because the its west side resembles a moon and its east side resembles a sun. You can enjoy both sunrise and sunset along here because the view is simply breathtaking. Cycling is also one of the popular activities here. The view here is so beautiful that it is a famous pre-wedding photo shoot location. One trademark is its 3 mountain peaks. You should include the 3 peaks in your photo to make it complete.
The 8 Seasons of Sun Moon Lake
You may know that it’s spring all year round in Taiwan, but you may not know that there are eight scenic seasons here!
The “Sun Moon Lake Water-Land-Air Travel Pass,” one of the earliest travel pass issued in Taiwan, was recently remodelled to provide more comprehensive services to its holders. With the revised pass, visitors can choose among various “seamless tours” to enjoy the Sun Moon Lake, including its natural and cultural landscapes, during the “eight scenic seasons.”
Such season include:
1. Spring, when cherry blossoms on the mountain makes it pink.
2. Summer, when visitors can play with the water and admire the waterfalls.
3. Fall, when the maple trees are red as wild fire.
4. Winter, when the aroma of white plum flowers permeates the air.
5. Between the spring and summer, its the firefly-watching season.
6. At the turn of summer and autumn, there is an indigenous harvest feast.
7. Between autumn and winter, there is the International Fireworks Music Festival.
8. At the turn of winter and spring, hot spring baths are the best.
The four seasons of a year, as well as the turns of the seasons, make it a spectacular place where nature and culture can be enjoyed all year round.
Also, if you are planning a visit here, you can drop by the famous 一福堂 – Yī Fú Táng for their Sun Biscuit (太陽餅 – Tai Yang Bing), Lemon Biscuit (檸檬餅- Ning Meng Bing) & Pineapple Tarts (鳳梨酥 – Feng Li Su)!
What you can do at 日月潭 - Rì Yuè Tán (Sun Moon Lake)
1 You can take the Sun Moon Lake Cable Car to enjoy a bird's eye view! After that, you can visit 九族文化村 (Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village)
2 Your photo backdrop should have the 3 mountain peaks. This is the trademark of Sun Moon Lake.
Photo from https://irisjourney.wordpress.com/category/sun-moon-lake-2/
3 Take the boat tour and you will be able to visit most of the key attractions around Sun Moon Lake
4 Rent a bike and ride along the lake. You will pass by 伊达邵 and 水社壩. Remember to stop by to take photos. Especially during sunrise and sunset.
Image from http://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw