Jih-yueh T'an Travel Guide
Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake
Wen Wu Temple
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
The Lalu (Hang Bi Lou): Buffet in the luxuriours hotel
The buffet offers both the Japanese dishes and the Western dishes. There are also some high quality cakes and fruits.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Bus to Taipei
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.
Written Nov 12, 2009
Tsu An Tower
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...
There are some peacocks in this small garden! My past intetesting experience was to see the visitors from Hong Kong to cheer up the peacock to display the features so that they could take the picture with it.
Shui Wa Tou Trail
There are several trails along the lake. Shui Wa Tou was the one shaded with the trees and led to the lake shore. It was named after the frog (Shui Wa). There were plenty of the frogs in this area before. Now you can only find the statue of the frogs.
Swimming Carnival of Sun Moon Lake
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
Written Nov 10, 2009
Jade Dragon Moon Spear
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,...
Enjoying the beauty of the lake
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...
Fishing Facilities in the Lake
The fishermen in Sun Moon Lake used the web fixing under the wooden stuff to catch the fishes. They just needed to go back to the wooden stuff to take the fishes home.At the end of Shui Wa Tou trail, you can see some fishing facilities.
The Lalu Island
The Lalu Island was the only land not sunk by the water when the reservoir was built. It was the holy place of Thao tribe. Now it looked like a small island in the lake.
Home of Thao Tribe
Sun Moon Lake was the home of the aboriginal tribe, Thao. Most of the Thao people live in Der Hua She today but the population of the whole tribe is only about 300. Some people lent us the clothes displayed in their shop for taking a picture. That is similar to their...
The water inlet to Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is not a natural lake. It was an artificial reservoir. The water comes from the river 10 more kilometers away through the underground channel. The water inlet to Sun Moon Lake can be seen at the end of Da Chu Hu trail.
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