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...more
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....more
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.more
The buffet offers both the Japanese dishes and the Western dishes. There are also some high quality cakes and fruits.
There is no train service to Sun Moon Lake but there are plenty of buses.
Both the Green Transit Bus company and the Kuo Kuang Bus company drive to and from Taipei there are also private travel companies that can make itineraries to local tourist spots too.
Late President Chiang Kai Shei built this tower to memorize his monther. The top of the tower will provide a good view of the lake. We did not go to the top of the tower after passing a 500-meter-long trail and too many walks in three days. However many people still went up to the top of the tower.more
Every year around August there is a swimming carnival where thousands of people come to Sun Moon Lake and swim across it (3.3km). There are plenty of rest points along the way, but if you want to go, you'll have to register before and get the right equipment.
Equipment: inflatable, silly pink hat, lots of suncream
Guan Yu, a famous Chinese warrior during the third century AD, was said to wield the Qinlongyianyuedao (Jade Dragon Moon Spear/Sword or something like that), which is supposedly here in Sun Moon Lake's Wenwu Temple (after all, the temple honors Guan Yu). It's probably (well, definitely) not the real thing (I saw one of these in Shanhaiguan, too)....more
There are two ways to enjoy the beauty of Sun Moon Lake. The first one is to go around the lake. There are several hiking trails and the viewing spots around the lake. You can visit them one by one to enjoy the view of the lake from different angles.The other way is to take the ferry in the lake.more