Nan-t'ou Travel Guide

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Nan-t'ou Things to Do

  • SML: Ita Thao town

    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...

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  • FACV: European Palace Garden

    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....

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  • FACV: Aboriginal Villages

    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...

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  • FACV: The Amusement Isle

    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...

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  • SML: Shuishe Tunnel

    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...

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  • SML: Tong Xin Bridge

    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...

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  • SML: The Xiangshan Ecology & Bikeway

    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...

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  • SML: Great Shuishe Mountain

    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...

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  • SML: Shuishe Dam

    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...

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  • SML: Hanbi Peninsula

    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...

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  • SML: Lalu Lakeside Trail

    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.Xiangshan Bikeway Part 2 - Next

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  • SML: The Diving Line of Sun Lake & Moon...

    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...

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  • Cingjing: The Small Swiss Garden

    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...

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  • SML: A Black Tea Processing Plant

    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...

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  • SML: The Lake

    It is the view of the Sun Moon Lake from Mount Maolan. The view shows how the lake is surrounded by green mountains. You can see Ita Thao from the pictures.

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  • SML: Good Morning Sun Moon Lake

    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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  • SML: Contoured Tea Fields at Mt Maolan

    Mt Maolan which is located north of the Sun Moon Lake, a 45-minutes walk from Shuishe Town is an ideal place for tea plantation. As tea likes to grow in places of high humidity and lots of fog, so many tea plantations are located in this mountain where rains and clouds are plentiful enough to provide good leaf quality. Rows of tea plants are often...

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  • SML: Sunrise at Sun Moon Lake

    The sunrise at Sun Moon Lake is amazing with the mountains and cloud covering the lake. It was like looking at the heaven when the sunrise began. It was when I could see the cloud flowing out from the other side of the mountain. It was like waterfall in heaven and the color was just stunning. The entire viewing experience is beyond my imagination....

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  • SML: Shuishe Town

    Shuishe is one of the two towns in the Sun Moon Lake. It is located north part of the lake, which is the main tourist spot in the area. Shuishe is not a very big town with few main streets that consist of shops mostly restaurants, hotels, guest houses, budget motels, gift shops, bakery, 7 Eleven, and etc. You can enjoy dining and find a nice hotel...

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  • SML: Steps of the Year Trail

    This is one of the walking trails around Sun Moon Lake. It links between Fleur De Chine Hotel to Wenwu Temple. We did not finish the trail to Wenwu Temple. The trail is surrounded by forest plants and could see people fishing in the area.

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  • SML: Chaowu Pier

    Chaowu Pier is located on Provincial Highway 21. It is one of the four major piers in Sun Moon Lake. It is a great place to watch the sunrise in the east . Climate, topography and hydrographic characteristics often produce dense fog here in the morning, and the atmosphere is especially enchanting in the light of the morning sun. This is also one of...

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Nan-t'ou Restaurants

  • Anything here non-edible is made from...

    Hardly a good name for a restaurant but this is really a restaurant. Everything from the decor to the tables and benches are made from paper or cardboard, including some of its plates. However don't let the name fool you - the food is GOOD! A bit expensive, but good. Food served here are mainly western style steak or seafood.

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  • Vegetarian Food Never Tasted This Good!

    Fantastic vegetarian food - mere words alone cannot describe how delicious and how satisfying these meals are. Healthy food and delicious food do not always come together, but here, they do. Not only are the meals satisfying to the palate, the presentation is also very pleasing to the eyes. Plus, the restaurant is very well kept, clean and tidy. An...

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  • Fabulous and Healthy Food at Paper Dome

    Fantastic food. This restaurant focuses on healthy cooking and uses as much home-grown organic vegetables as possible. The restaurant seating arrangement is spacious and comfortable, in fact the tables are big. Highly recommended.

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  • World Class Home-made Chocolates!

    This shop in the small town of Puli was setup in 2007 by a certain Master Chef Mao to sell home-made chocolates, and in 2008 home-made ice cream. The production of its chocolates follow Japanese technology. Every half an hour or an hour, staff would bring small pieces of chocolates around the corridor outside the shop for potential customers to...

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  • Urn-Cooked Chicken

    If you drive pass the areas around Lugu (Deer valley, lit. translation) town or Zhushan (Bamboo Hill, lit. translation), which is roughly the south-west of Nantou county, you cannot miss all the signs and billboards advertising 'Wuong-zai Chicken' or Urn-cooked Chicken. In fact you'll be bombasted with them. Every other shop sells this dish. The...

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  • Italian Fine Dining At Sun Moon Lake

    Located at a quiet street in Shueishe village is a small Italian restaurant run by a Taiwanese husband-and-wife team, serving up delicious and meticulously prepared Italian food. Diners can either sit inside the air-conditioned restaurant or the outside open-air patio that overlooks Sun Moon Lake (although at night there isn't really much of a view...

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Nan-t'ou Transportation

  • How to travel between Sun Moon Lake and...

    Sun Moon Lake and Alishan National Park are the two most famous tourist attractions in Taiwan. You want to visit both places within your time frame with public transportation. Yes, you can do that! I think Taiwan Tourism Board has done a great job to make it possible for backpackers like us to travel between these two attractions with fun and...

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  • Shuishe Visitor Center

    The Shuishe Visitor Center is supposedly an important tourist information center of the Sun Moon Lake. During our visit in July 2013, the entire building was closed for renovation. So, I can only write this place as a good public transportation hub for buses in and out of Sun Moon Lake. There is a window counter where you can inquire about bus...

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  • FACV: Skyline Cable Car

    Skyline Cable Car is part of the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway, but it only operates within the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village. In other words, you need to have an admission ticket to FACV in order to take the Skyline Cable Car. The fare is included with the admission ticket. It is quite an amazing ride of the Skyline Cable Car. It allows us to see...

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Nan-t'ou Warnings and Dangers

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    by chewy3326 Written Sep 7, 2006

    In the higher mountain areas of Central Taiwan, it is likely you will experience acute mountain sickness (AMS), considering that roads reach past 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) and many visitors will be coming up from near sea level. Symptoms of AMS iinclude headaches; generally, AMS is not too serious, but if your body feels very bad there are possibilities of HAPE or HACE and you should descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible.

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Nan-t'ou Off The Beaten Path

  • make a mountain trip over hehuan peak

    a beautiful trip is from Puli over the highest mountain ranges of Taiwan via Hehuan peak down to Taroko GorgeHehuanshan (Chinese: 合歡山; pinyin: Héhuān Shān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ha̍p-hoan-soaⁿ; also called Joy Mountain) is a 3,416 metres (11,207 ft) high mountain in Central Taiwan. The peak lies on the...

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  • Plum factory

    Whilst some may consider this a tourist trap - it's one of those tourist shops guides bring you to - I pretty liked this factory. Set in the rural countryside, the surroundings boast of beautiful farms and streams. There is a short introduction to the aborogines of Taiwan who populate the region and the guide was generally helpful and knowledgeable...

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  • Kyoho grapes

    Most places in rural Nantou are practically off the beaten path. Be astonished by the abundant supply of cheap kyoho grapes in the regional farms. They are almost 1/5 of what we have to pay in Singapore. Kyoho grapes are prized in Japan for its succulent flesh tinged with a thick aroma of wine.After a few days introduction to Taiwan and its...

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