Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest lake and is located in the mountains of Nantou at the geographic center of Taiwan island. A favorite for locals and visitors a like, a gleaming emerald colored lake surrounded by majestic, lush green mountains. The early riser is greeted by billowy fog rolling over the surface of the lake making for spectacular photo opts or serene moments to sit back and soak in the spectacular views. This beautiful lake derives its name from its shape; viewed from above the east part of the lake is round like a sun, the west part resembles a long, crescent moon. Converging together in the middle and separated only by a tiny island called Lalu.
On one side of the lake a ropeway climbs high into the sky, giving riders a birds eye view of the beautiful lake, then on the opposite side suspended bike paths float gracefully over the water. And throughout the day brightly painted cruise boats speed merrily along just like clockwork. Long inhabited by groups of Taiwanese aboriginals, the vibe here is definitely different than that of the city. The gorgeous views along with the beautiful hand crafted souvenirs and traditional aboriginal food will make you love this area. These are just a few of the sights available at the picturesque mountain lake that stands at 2,454 feet above sea. Natural beauty at its best, we invite you to come and see for yourself the lake that holds the sun and moon in its hand.
The best way to see Sun Moon Lake is to catch the Nantou Bus in Taichung city, it’s about a 2 hr ride up into the mountains from here. Taichung is located on the west side of Taiwan, and an easy commute from either North or South on the High Speed Rail.
Check the Nantou Bus Line website for the most recent prices on the bus pass. The Nantou Bus Pass for SML cost us about $20.00 usd and was quite a bargain for a days activity.
Our pass included the following :
• Round-the-lake bus ticket for one day
• Boat tour (Shueishe, Ita Thao and Xuanguang Temple piers)
• Round-trip Ropeway ticket
• Shuishe-Xiangshan Bus one-way voucher