You can walk a 557-meter (one-way) trail to the base of this pagoda/tower. The trail is somewhat steep and has markers every 100 meters you walk. At the top, you can climb this (Is it 50 meters?) high tower for views of the lake. Too bad it was cloudy the day I visited, or I believe the panoramas would have been better.
This beautiful temple is a bit farther down the road from Wenwu Temple. Though the views form here aren't quite as beautiful as from Wenwu Temple, this temple is more interesting. It honors Xuanzhang, the lengendary Buddhist monk who journeyed west to ask Buddha for Buddhist scripts in the book The Journey West. There are statues of Buddha here. You can also stroll around the grounds of the temple and enjoy views of the lake.
- Arts and Culture
This temple honors the legendary Guan-Yu, and includes what's said to be his Green Dragon Moon Spear (I also saw one at Shanhaiguan. What's up with that?). The temple itself is quite interesting; but a must see is the view from the observation deck at the back of the temple.
Driving around the lake
The twisting and turning road around the lake offers beautiful views and access to all the temples, gardens, pagodas, and towns. Along the road are many restaurants, gift shops, and hotels, as well as the Peacock Garden (which we didn't visit). There are many great views of the lake, though at one 3-km section, the road winds away from the lake for a while.
Chung Tai Chan Monastery
This Buddist Monastery is a beautifully ornate monastery near Puli, you can take a tour accompanied by multi lingual Buddhist guides and learn about the Buddhist faith.
The architecture is very impressive.
Shui She is one of the main villages around Sun Moon Lake. It has also one of the major piers around the lake. Mel Ho garden and Hang Bi trail are the good spots to view the lake in Shui She.
- Road Trip
Der Hua She
Der Hua She is another major village around the lake. There are many shops, restaurants and hotels for the tourists in this village. It is also a major pier around the lake.
- Road Trip
The Kuanghsing Paper Factory is an interestingday out, where you can see the whole process of making paper the original Chinese way, you can also make your own paper fan and choose a design.