The Lalu Sun Moon Lake

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142 Jungshing Road, Yuchr Shiang Nantou, Nantou, 555, Taiwan
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Storyin Sun Moon Lake

by storyin about Sun Moon Lake Youth Activity Center

550 NTD including Buffet breakfast, double bed in a 4-people room but no roommate, shower & WC in the room, TV in the room Private balcony in the room with nice view

Sun Moon Lake's friendliest bed & breakfast

by Damertz about Laurel Villa

I have visited four continents and I can say that the Laurel Villa is BY FAR the most friendly and enjoyable place I have ever stayed. Shih Chen (Wayne) Wang and his wife run a very clean, friendly, B&b that is right next to the lake. Unlike the other hotel we stayed at in Sun Moon Lake (as Laurel Village was fully booked the first night), Laurel Viila rooms are large and clean, the beds are big (by American standards!) and comfortable (not stone slabs).
Mr. Wang's mother and father also help out. They live nearby on a plot of land on Mt. Maolan, where the grow many of the herbs and vegetables that the Wang's use in their dinner's and breakfasts (which both are included in the price!). Our room had a balcony that had a view of the lake.
The food was excellent and fresh. We were asked what our preferences were and they cooked accordingly!
Wayne picked us up and drove us where we wanted to go. We defered many times, as we know that he has a business to run. He also told me that the last thing he wanted to to was run his B&B like a business.

You will NOT find any nicer people that love their job anywhere. It was a joy to stay here. If we ever get the chance to return to Taiwan, I know this is the place we will stay for sure.

Also, Wayne speaks english well and responds to emails promptlly. He told me that a previous guest that loved their stay here is developing a website for Laurel Villa. It should be up and running by July/August 2008. His email address is:

Sun Moon Lake

by jorgejuansanchez

I went to this charming lake with friends from Taichung to Shui-li, and further to the lake, at about 50 kilometres distance.
Sun Moon Lake is so beautiful! I hired a boat to cross it and paddled to an island called Lalu, a sacred place for local people. There are temples around it and beautiful gardens.
It is a lovely place to spend half a day relaxing and enjoying the delightful atmosphere.

Sun Moon Lake & Formosan Agricultural Village

by Kurtdhis

Believe it or not, the original settlers of Taiwan were not Chinese. The people who settled Taiwan over 6,000 years ago--the aborigines of Taiwan.

History shows that the same race of people who settled the islands of the Pacific Ocean including Indonesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, also settled Taiwan. Originally there were many tribes occupying the plains and mountains. As the Chinese came, the plains people either assimilated with the Han Chinese or were driven to the mountains.

Now, nine major Austronesian tribes remain here: the Atayal, Saisiat, Bunun, Tsou, Paiwan, Rukai, Puyuma, Ami, and Yami. Each tribe has its distinctive dress and customs. Their languages are related, yet different. This fact has even led some to speculate that Taiwan may have been the central homeland from which these cultures spread out to the other islands.

Today, the aborigines make up less than two per cent of the population of Taiwan.
Each ceremonial dance has an ancient and unique purpose.
An Earlier Extinction

Second, in preserving their identity, how do the mountain people make themselves known to others? In this regard they have been more successful. You can get a brief introduction to this culture at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in northern Taipei. But to see the people and their traditional habitat, three places stand out.

The Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park near Santimen in the south has houses designed to look like the aboriginal homes of old along with traditional song and dance performances. But if you want to have the full idyllic experience of what the primitive culture may once have looked like, replete with village costumes and housing, the best place to go is the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village near Sun Moon Lake.

In the north, there is Wulai village, about an hour southeast of Taipei. The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is in Nantou County in central Taiwan near Sun Moon Lake. And, in the south, the Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park is at Peiyeh in Pingtung county.

Each place has its advantages, depending on what you want to see. If you are anthropologically inclined, Wulai is the best example of a culture in transition. Set in beautiful mountain terrain, there are vestiges of the old in the decorations and statues scattered throughout, and in the regular dance performances. But the village is definitely twentieth century Taiwan with all the commercialism that entails. You can also go to nearby Doll Valley to get a better view of the housing and life-styles of present-day aborigines.

In addition to a museum, auditorium, and dance area, a winding road takes you to nine separate villages representing the nine major aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. This is the best place to compare the habitats and costumes of each of the tribes as well as to listen to their songs and see their dance.

The village grounds also contain a beautiful set of European gardens and other attractions which seem out of place in the aboriginal setting. Sun Moon Lake with its distinctive beauty also offers many places to see.

Festival time is the best time to experience the aboriginal culture, for then the pageantry and song and dance are at their richest. The Ami hold a harvest festival in Hualien and Taitung counties in July and August, while the Yami tribe have their Flying Fish festival on Orchid Island during the second or third lunar month of the year. Flying fish are still a vital part of the Yami diet, so strict rituals and taboos are involved with their catching

Fishermen by trade and well used to the harshness of the wind and the sea, the people here have a tanned, weathered look. Men in loincloths are a common sight and richly decorated fishing boats are a trademark of the people.

Sun Moon Lake ring road sights (chinese: Àô¼æ¤½¸ô)

by sunnywong

"Wen-Wu Temple (chinese: ¤å ªZ ¼q)"

The Wen-wu Temple is situated on the north mountainside of Sun Moon Lake. You will arrive at the Temple by climbing 365 stairs from the pier in front of the temple. The stone-made statue of two dragons is worth appreciating. Mounting the hill behind the Wen-wu Temple, you can enjoy the scene of the whole Sun Moon Lake.

"Peacock Park (chinese: ¤Õ³¶¶é)"

Peacock Zoo was founded in 1968. It is a mini zoo located by the ring road of Sun Moon Lake. In order to beautify of the Sun Moon Lake, late president Chiang Kai-shek asked to build this zoo for tourists visiting for free. There are more than 200 peacock and precious birds plus native and foreign specimens of butterflies in the Butterfly Museum.

"Xuan Zhuang Temple (chinese: ¥È®N¦x)"

Heading west about 4.8 km along the road around the Lake from the Sun Moon Village, there is the Xuan Zhuang Temple which was built in 1965. It has two stories, and one story conserves the relics of Xuan Zhuang; the other has gold statue of Buddha.
The Xuan Zhuang Temple is a Tang style building. There is a plaque with a praising phrase "The Treasure of the Nation", which was written by the late president Chun Kai-sheik. The map of Xuan Zhuang's pilgrimage and three epitaphs were carved on the outside wall. The left epitaph is about the friendship between China and Japan; the middle epitaph is the biography of Xuan Zhuang, and the right epitaph is about the friendship between Chinese and Japanese Buddhists. Besides, there are two stone statues in front of the door, and a large drum in the hall. When going up the stair, a bell can be seen.

"Xuan Guang Temple (chinese: ¥È¥ú¦x)"

The Xuan Guang Temple with the Relics of Xuan Zhuang in it is 2.5 km away from the Xuan Zhuang Temple, which was build in 1958. The Temple is by the Sun Moon Lake, facing the Lake with mountains behind. There is a gold statue of Xuan Zhuang with a plaque above which "The Master of the Race" was written. There is a pier beneath the Temple. Turists may take boat to the pier and walk up the stairs to the Temple.

"Tsi An Pagoda (chinese: ·O®¦¶ð)"

After leaving Xuan Zhuang Temple to Sun Moon Lake, a trail leading to Tsi An Pagoda will be found 600m away. Walking 500m along the path through the woods from the parking, you can reach Tsi An Pagoda. The Pagoda was built in 1971 for manifesting mother love and filial piety.
Tsi An Pagoda is located on Sha Ba Lan Mount about 950.4m above sea-level. The construction of the pagoda was a very arduous task. Its height is 48m and its top is just 1000m above sea-level; it becomes a famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Veiwing from the top of the pagoda, the whole view of Sun Moon Lake can be seen.

"Youth Activity Center (chinese: «C¦~¬¡°Ê¤¤¤ß)"

Youth Activity Center faces the Sun Moon Lake and surrounded by fir forest and mounts. Youth Activity Center has 24 wonderful wooden houses and provide board and lodging for 484 people. Having all required facilities, This center provide the best place for education, meeting, traveling, forest bathing and recreation.

"Ming Tan (chinese: ©ú¼æ)"

The Ming Tan hydraulic power plant is the biggest power plant in Asia and is ranked fourth in the world. The Sun Moon Lake serves as an upper storage pond of the Ming Tan Water Storage Facility, while the Shui Li River Valley works as its lower one. By using the spare electricity power during the night, water is pumped from the lower pond to the Sun Moon Lake. During the high power usage time, water is released from the upper pond to generate electricity, and then stored in the lower pond.

"Che Cheng (chinese: ¨®ÑL)"

Che-cheng is the end of the Ji Ji Railroad Branch where is also the Chen Chan Hsing Lumbering Factory situated. The railroad station is beneath the Ming Tan Power Plant. It was built during the period of Japanese Occupation. The station still keep the old-fasioned water and coal refilling equipment. It seems that the village still stays in the 1960s. The old-fasioned tunnels, railroad, spectacular mountains composes the best scenery.

Further Links:
Sun Moon Lake Official Website


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Forum Posts

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

by jeffmgt

Hello everyone,
me and my friend are going to Taiwan in November of 2004. We will be staying in Taichung, Taipei and wanting to make a trip to Sun Moon Lake.

Is anyone here knows the attractions of Sun Moon Lake area, ot any good hotels or lodges around the area? Is this place worthy to visit??

Thanks a lot!


chiayi to sun moon lake

by taimay

Can Anyone advise me which would be the best way to travel from Chiayi to Sun Moon Lake by public transport.

Also, is there a good hotel in Alisan which is in the forest recreational area?


Re: chiayi to sun moon lake

by Burtty

1. Take the train from Chiayi to Taichung and then transfer to Ren Yo Bus from Taichung to SUn Moon Lake. (Chinese only)

2. Try the below ones for ALishan hotels.

Hualien to Sun Moon Lake

by 123cam


Next week I am travelling to Hualien to see Taroko Gorge. I want to go on from Hualien afterwards to Sun Moon Lake.

It looks to me as though there should be a bus or something from Hualien to Puli (from where I gather it's easy to get to the lake), but I can't find any info about it.

Does anyone know if it's possible to get there from Hualien by public transport?

Thanks very much

Re: Hualien to Sun Moon Lake

by mim95

hmm...I had the same problem too when I planned for my trip a couple of years ago. The long distance public transportation is quite bad once you're outside a big city. I ended up scraping the Sun Moon Lake part and instead focus on spending more time in the Taipei surrounding area.

I think there's a bus that goes across to Taichung (or a nearby town) that runs once a day. From there you can catch another bus to Sun Moon Lake. It's a long drive across Taiwan, and you have to time it exactly...not worth it in my opinion, unless you have a lot of time to spend on your trip.

If you can afford to rent a car, that would be your best bet.

Re: Hualien to Sun Moon Lake

by Burtty

I don't think there is any convenient public transportation from Hualien to Nanto available at this moment.

Renting a car is one way. In case you can find a company accepting to take the car in Hualien and return in Tiachung or Nanto, it wil be a good choice.

The other way is to fly from Hualien to Taichung and then take the bus from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake. However the new Taichung airport is away from downtown now so you will need to go to downtown first to take the bus to sun moon lake.


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