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    SML: Ita Thao town

    by cal6060 Written Dec 13, 2013

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    The Ita Thao town is the one of the two tourist towns in Sun Moon Lake. If you have a longer stay in Sun Moon Lake, this would be another ideal place to find your accomodation. It is a small tourist town line with shop houses selling street foods, souvenirs, restaurants, convenience shops, hotels and guesthouses. This place is more crowed after dark due to its shopping street and night market in the region.

    You can reach here by a ferry or a tourist bus that circle around the lake.

    You can walk to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway by the Ita Thao Lakeside trail. It has nice views of the lake with some green mountains on the side.

    I would choose to stay in this part of the lake for my next visit to Sun Moon Lake.

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    FACV: European Palace Garden

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 12, 2013
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    The European Palace Garden is a 150 acres land with the design of the European Royal Style garden in Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. It consists of the Ritz Palace with a square of a Roman Fountain in the center. On the other end of the garden is the mini train station, Garden station, with a cafe looks like in a fair land somewhere in Europe. The Garden Station really serves with a mini train circle around the park.

    I think this place is built with the purpose to fantasy the local visitors to be in a royal garden in Europe. But how peculiar as it is not real! Anyway, it is a great place to fake your photo somewhere in Europe.

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    FACV: Aboriginal Villages

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    One of the main reasons visiting the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is to experience and learn the culture and living lifestyle of the aboriginal tribes in the island of Taiwan. The walk from the north entrance to the amusement Isle are villages are the largest outdoor displays of traditional houses, crafts, and dance of the Taiwan nine principle aboriginal tribes. You will see the difference in term of their costumes, crafts, customs, traditions, and architecture of their houses.

    The nine aboriginal villages include village of The Paiwan, The Rukai, The Puyuma, The Bunun, The Thao, The Tsou, The Seediq, The Atayal, and The Saisiat.

    In each village, there will respective tribes serving their village with their own costumes, languages, and demonstrate their local crafts, dances, or customs. They have close interaction with their guests to make it more fun for their visit. The cultural shows are available at the appointed time:

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    FACV: The Amusement Isle

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 12, 2013
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    The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is also a theme park with all sorts of rides that suitable for all ages. The Amusement Isle is located on the south side of FACV. You can also reach here from the north entrance by taking the Skyline Cable Car.

    Once you get off of the Skyline Cable Car, you will see the UFO Gyro Drop. It continues with Maya Adventure, Space Tours, Caribbean Splash, Gold Mine Adventure, Space Mountain, Pirate Ship, and Aladdin Pavilion. Aladdin Pavilion is an indoor amusement space including a monorail, Jurassic Cruise, Royal Train, Venetian Carousel, Old 99, and Balloon Race.

    It is a huge amusement facility that you or your kids might be interested ! I found it worth spending a bit more time here with your family because the park is beautiful as it is surrounded by green mountain ranges. The weather can be just nice throughout the year. It is more likely to rain in the afternoon after 2:00 pm during summer period.

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    SML: Shuishe Tunnel

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    Shuishe Tunnel or Xiangshan Visitor Center is the last stop of the Xiangshan Bikeway. And it is also the starting point of Yuetan Bikeway, to south of the Sun Moon Lake. It is a unique architectural building is not only as a tourist information center but also a resting place for visitor to enjoy the greenery surround the building and there is a cafe in the building.

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    SML: Tong Xin Bridge

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    Tongxin Bridge is a north-south span situated to the east of Shuixiu Highway Bridge on the Round-the Lake Highway. The design concept is derived from the shape of the "four-handed nets" that the local Thao tribe use for fishing, with two main steel arches that cross in the middle to form an "X" while steel H-beams support the road surface. Since this bridge is famous for wedding photos, the main structure of the bridge is painted white to match the traditional color of wedding attire.

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    SML: The Xiangshan Ecology & Bikeway

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    Xiangshan is located between Shuishe Dam and the Mingtan water outlet, with lovely scenery. The moderate climate and abundant moisture at Sun Moon Lake give the area around Xiangshan dense, complete forests and a rich ecology. The most representative plants are the ferns, of which, thanks to the humid environment, about 142 species grow here. Along the Round-the-Lake Trail you can see Taiwan tree ferns, common tree ferns, forest of Japanese cedar and Taiwan incense cedar.

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    SML: Great Shuishe Mountain

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    Great Shuishe Mountain rises to the east of Sun Moon Lake, the highest peak in the area at 2,059 meters. Together with Fenghuang Mountain, Great Jiji Mountain, and Jiufen Second Mountain, it is one of the "four famous mountains of central Taiwan." The trail up the mountain offers great views of the lake, Yuchi Basin, Puli Basin, and the Zhuoshui River watershed. Great Shuishe Mountain is covered mainly in medium-elevation broadleaf forest, with some planted China firs and bamboo groves as well. These trees provide a favorable habitat for many species of bird, making this the best place for bird watching in the Sun Moon Lake area. In its middle sections the trail offers the opportunity to observe the rare sight of pure red stripe rhododendron forest. The best time to visit these trees is April and May, when they burst into bloom.

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    SML: Shuishe Dam

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    During the period of Japanese occupation (1895-1945), water from the upper reaches of the Zhuoshui River was redirected into Sun Moon Lake in order to provide a stable supply of water for the generation of electricity. Dams were also built at Shuishe and Toushe to raise the lake's water level. Shuishe Dam, which obstructs the flow of the Shuiwei River, is 363 meters long, 7 meters thick, and 30.3 meters high. The dam's construction blocked the downward erosion of the Shuiwei River, preserving the lake-basin form of the long topography.

    Shuishe Dam is one of the scenic spots on the Round-the -Lake Road, with the lush green grasses of Yanti Park and a tranquil atmosphere that makes this perfect place for viewing sunrise or enjoying a romantic evening.

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    SML: Hanbi Peninsula

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    The Hanbi Peninsula is located on the Southwestern side of the Shuishe Wharf and possesses Sun Moon Lake's most well known trail and scenic spots. In addition to the breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains, this area has an interesting history .

    During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945), the first Hanbilou was built to entertain high-ranking officials and members of the Japanese royal family. Following World War II, Hanbilou became a vacation destination for President Chiang Kai Shek. It was controlled under military at that time. Meiheyuan, at the entrance to the Hanbi Trail, was once a military police post. It was not until after the 921 earthquake in 1999 that this trail was opened to the public.

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    SML: Lalu Lakeside Trail

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013

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    The Lalu Lakeside Trail which is build on a bridge that allows you to cycle on it passing by some local houses, Temple, and beautiful views of palm trees. It was a sunny day with blue sky, I truly enjoyed my cycle here with magnificent views of the Moon Lake.

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    SML: The Diving Line of Sun Lake & Moon Lake

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 9, 2013
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    Sun Moon Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Taiwan with more than 900 hectares in size and lying at an elevation of about 750 meters highland. The lake is one of the Puli basin groups; the neighboring Toushe, Yuchi, and Puli basins were also lakes at one time, but they evolved into fertile basin plains under the impact of basin dissection and river erosion. Only Sun Moon Lake is left in its original form of a lake.

    Sun Moon Lake is formed of the irregular rhombus shaped Sun Lake on the West and the thin crescent-shaped Moon Lake on the East. Standing at this point, you will have a complete view of Moon Lake. The two parts of the lake are roughly separated at Lalu Island, which was once home to a Thao settlement and is now considered the abode of their ancestral spirits. Every year the Thao held ceremonies of worship to their ancestral spirits on the island, which is intimately related to their tribal history and culture.

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    Cingjing: The Small Swiss Garden

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 28, 2013
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    The small swiss garden is made to design as a garden like in Switzerland. I don't know whether it is like in Switzerland, but the garden is designed with a small lake in the middle, some trees surrounded the garden, cut board cows, windmills, fake flowers, real colorful flowers and etc. It looks quite interesting from the main entrance, but after visiting I feel like it is not worth the admission charge (NT$120 or US$4). Anyway, this might be a good place to bring your kids for photos.

    We had a great time visiting the Swiss Garden due to nice weather despite it was during Summer.

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    SML: A Black Tea Processing Plant

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 26, 2013
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    This rustic old cypress building was built in 1938 to house a black tea plant. The building was designed modeled completely on the tea plants built by the British in India and Ceylon, today Sri Lanka. It was designed to accommodate the environment needed for black-tea processing. The building still contains old machines brought in from England like leaf rollers, leaf cutters, Pulverizers, dryer and etc which are still operating today. This is the only place in Taiwan where you can see this kind of old English tea processing equipment.

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    SML: Good Morning Sun Moon Lake

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 26, 2013
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    Good Morning Sun Moon Lake is when the sun has already brightened the lake and the surrounded area. We were at the viewing platform thinking how wonderful if we had a good view like this every morning. This would give us a reason to live on earth for another day!

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