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Sun Moon Lake is a large expanse of fresh water at the heart of a mountainous area rich in vegetation. Take a boat tour to trawl across Taiwan’s largest lake and see the island and other gems dotted around it. Follow trekking paths next to the lake that lead to various pagodas, temples and small villages worth investigating.
The lake covers an area of almost 2,000 acres (800 hectares) at an altitude of around 2,500 feet (760 meters). Rent a shuttle boat to move from one side to the other with your family and friends, taking in spectacular views of the mountains. You can also take a guided tour, which usually lasts about 2 hours. Traditionally, many couples visit the stunning setting for their wedding pictures.
Capture photos of the scenic hills that change color depending on the time of day. The area is mesmerizing at sunrise and sunset, when the mountains seem to take on red and purple hues. The lake is quite busy during the afternoon and much calmer at dawn and dusk.
Cycle up to the Wen Wu Chao, which dates back to 1938, to the north of the lake. Admire the vermilion stone lions guarding the front plaza. Make your way to the Ita Thao to learn about the indigenous people. Take a boat ride past the tiny Lalu Island in the center of the lake to walk among the trees. It is considered sacred by the Thao people.
Join thousands of revelers at the Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival in mid-autumn when a 3,000-meter swimming race takes place.
It is said that the lake is named Sun Moon because its western section resembles a moon, while the east depicts the sun. It was formerly known as Lake Candidius, after a 17th-century Dutch missionary.
Sun Moon Lake sits in the heart of the Nantou County region, between Hualien County and Changua County. It is just west of the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village .
No matter how nice your hotel is, don't spend your escape locked in your room or relaxing by the pool. There are loads of new experiences to be had!
Your trip to Sun Moon Lake is just about to get really exciting. There are plenty of activities available, including:
Have some time up your sleeve? Visit our Sun Moon Lake things to do page for a full list of activities.
This family-friendly Yuchi hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple and Sun Moon Lake. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Meihe Garden and Sun Moon Lake. Shueishe Pier and Shueishe Visitors Center are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Yuchi hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Wen Wu Chao and Sun Moon Lake. Longfeng Gong Temple and Shueishe Visitors Center are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is steps from Ita Thao Shopping Street and Sun Moon Lake. Yidashao Pier and Sun Moon Lake Ropeway are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Yuchi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Meihe Garden and Sun Moon Lake. Shueishe Pier and Shueishe Visitors Center are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Yuchi, this bed & breakfast is steps from Shueishe Pier and Sun Moon Lake. Meihe Garden and Shueishe Visitors Center are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shuishebayandi Park and Sun Moon Lake. Shueishe Pier and Sun Moon Lake Ropeway are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Shueishe Pier and Sun Moon Lake. Shueishe Visitors Center and Meihe Garden are also within 5 minutes.