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Sun Moon Lake

Walk along scenic hiking routes and stay for the dramatic sunset behind the misty mountains that surround this picturesque lake.

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.


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Fleur de Chine Hotel $348
Fleur de Chine Hotel

Fleur de Chine Hotel

23 Zhongzheng Road, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou County
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake
    The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake

    The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake

    142 Jungshing Road, Yuchi, Nantou County
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Fuli Hot Spring Resort $100
      Fuli Hot Spring Resort

      Fuli Hot Spring Resort

      No.250-2, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi, Nantou County
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        The Crystal Resort Sun Moon Lake $101
        The Crystal Resort Sun Moon Lake

        The Crystal Resort Sun Moon Lake

        No 3 Shueishalian Street, Rihyue Village, Yuchih Township, Yuchi, Nantou County
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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).

          Sun Moon Lake Teachers' Hostel $60
          Sun Moon Lake Teachers' Hostel

          Sun Moon Lake Teachers' Hostel

          No. 136, Zhongxing Road, Shuishe Village, Yuchi, Nantou County
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            Laurel Villa $88
            Laurel Villa

            Laurel Villa

            No. 28, MingSheng Street, Shueishe Village, Yuchi, Nantou County
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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.

              Sun Moon Lake Hotel $120
              Sun Moon Lake Hotel

              Sun Moon Lake Hotel

              No. 419, Zhongshan Rd, Yuchi, Nantou County
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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).

                Spa Home Sun Moon Lake Luxury Lakeside Hotel $77
                Spa Home Sun Moon Lake Luxury Lakeside Hotel

                Spa Home Sun Moon Lake Luxury Lakeside Hotel

                No. 95, Zhongshan Rd, Yuchi, Nantou County
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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.