Taiwan 2015: Sun Moon Lake, Nantou

Sunday, March 08, 2015

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I have mentioned in my previous post that for our Chinese New Year break, we traveled towards the southern parts of Taiwan. Our first destination was Sun Moon Lake in Nantou.

How to Get to Sun Moon Lake: 

Take a train to Taichung Station > Buy a pass (discount coupons) from the Nantou Bus Company at Gancheng Station (10 min walk from Taichung Station) > Ride the Nantou Bus to Sun Moon Lake

Don’t forget the pass! It’ll save you a lot of money (and time).


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The drop-off and pickup point is at the Shueishe Visitor Center. It is also where you can ask for a map or bus timetables.

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Passed by this cute store.




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We stayed for one night at Dahan Inn, the first one from the right. I highly recommend this inn! The staff were so nice!




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Solar panels, y'all!

After we got settled, we took the boat tour around the lake. There are three stations – Shueishe, Ita Thao and Syuanguang.

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Our starting point was Shueishe Pier.




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Yep, I’m a happy girl.




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First Stop: Syuanguang




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We tasted these eggs that were soaked in soy sauce.




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Climbed up the stairs to see the view of the lake.




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Inside the boat, on our way to the next stop.




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Second Stop: Ita Thao




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This is where you buy food and souvenir items. I’m telling you, one can never go wrong with Taiwanese food!




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Looks like cotton.




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This cute kid posed for me. Aww.




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After the boat tour, we went back to our inn to rest. We didn’t have anything to do that night so we decided to take a stroll around the lake.




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The next day, we decided to rent a bike (for NT$100) and head to the bike lane. The problem is, I don’t know how to ride a bike. For the first 30 minutes or so, my friends tried to teach me but after seeing it as a hopeless case (I need a year!!!), they were kind enough to let me ride with them on a tandem bike. #loser




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The view from the bike lane. It’s so beautiful and serene.




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That’s me in action. And yes, that’s our tandem bike.


After cycling for three hours, we rode a cable car that took us to The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. However, since it was the eve of Chinese New Year, they closed early and we only had 1 ½ hour to explore the place.




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View from the cable car.




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Look at that cherry blossom explosion!


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Sadly, that was the farthest we could go with the time that we had. We didn’t even reach the European gardens or the amusement park.




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There’s also a round-the-lake bus tour. I only took this shot of the Wenwu Temple from inside the bus, we didn’t have time to go down.




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This must be the cutest train I’ve ever seen, and it’s taking us to Tainan.

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