A day at Sun Moon Lake

While visiting Taipei, Taiwan a few years ago, we took a day trip via bullet train to Sun Moon Lake.  Tourism is quite popular here, as evident by their efficient tourism office selling packs of tickets at the train station for 1) bus ride to the lake, 2) boat ride along the lake, 3) bus ride back to the train station.

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After about a 45-60 minute ride out to the lake, we arrived at the main boating dock:

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We headed right to our boat, wanting to make the most of our day:

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The waters were beautiful on this sunny day!

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At the other side of the main boat dock was our destination, the main village of the lake:


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Getting off the boat, the lake was even more beautiful looking back!

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The region is known for their honey (and the bees that make it):

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their passionfruit:

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And all sorts of other local snacks:

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Best was this shop at the junction of the two main drags across the village:

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They sell steamed buns with pork filling!

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Want to go low carb?  They have tofu buns too!

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And since tofu buns are better for you that white bread buns, why not get a tofu bun with pork belly too!?!?!

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After eating all that, it was a good time for a short hike/walk.  There were some trails heading through the forrest and the mountains to explore the area:

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Walking through, you can get a glimpse at how locals fish:

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and life around the lake:

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The main attraction here is this funicular:


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which takes you high above the lake and through the forest

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check out that canopy:

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At the end of the funicular is a theme park about the indigenous people of the area:

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After some learning, you can get souvenirs of the natives and their clothing:

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Heading back, the view was amazing:

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What a day!  We were docked right before the sun set:

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We made back to Taipei before 9 pm, just in time for more adventures!

For more on my travels through Taiwan, check out my previous posts “Floating Lanterns” and “Bullet train down to Kaoshiung”

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