Sun Moon Lake

August 6, 2012 at 6:28 am | Posted in outdoors, Taiwan | Leave a comment
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Sun Moon Lake is the biggest natural water body in Taiwan (although at 7.93 square kilometres, it’s not really that big).

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Like most ‘tourist attractions’ in Taiwan, facilities are overpriced and it’s prone to being flooded with tour groups.

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Which is not to say it isn’t enjoyable eating street food, taking boat rides and visiting temples.

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There are tons of hiking trails around the lake and it’s easy to escape the crowds just by venturing along one of these.

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Although the surrounding mountains are not so high, there are still some quite lovely views.

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The top of the Ci En Pagoda (慈恩塔) gives a good overview of the whole lake.

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We took an early bus from Taichung and arrived before 9am. It was easy to find a hotel in November, but harder to find a cheap one. There are quite a few touts selling boat rides, some who speak English, although – this being Taiwan – none are pushy.

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