Discover The Sun and Moon lake Ta´wan

The quiet and pristine waters of the Sun and Moon lake, the largest in Taiwan, carry reflections of the surrounding mountains whose peaks are shrouded in a mist of mystery. This place of poetry and near-mystery, lying in the Nantu district at the geographical centre of Taiwan at an altitude of 2460 feet, hold one of the flagships of Taiwan's hotel industry on the shores of the Lalu Sun Moon lake. Numerous excursion tracks run through the lake unveiling several attractions, including the Tsen pagoda erected by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother, or the Wen Wu temple with its splendid varnished yellow roofs.

While visiting the area, don't miss an excursion to the Tsen pagoda built by Tchang Ka´ Shek in memory of his mother and the Confucius Wen Wu Temple, with its beautiful glazed yellow roofs. Going around the temple, a staircase with 365 steps leads to banks of the lake, with each step displaying the name of famous people born on the corresponding day of the year.

Taiwanese cuisine is one of the great things about coming here. One of the world's most refined, it is full of Asian influences. Those feeling especially courageous will be able to taste the stinky tofu and the hundred-year-old eggs which can be found just about everywhere along the riverbanks. Taking part in a tea ceremony is a not-to-be-missed experience in Taiwan. The hills around the lake are covered with tea plantations. It is the only region in which Assam tea is produced, a variety imported from India and introduced to the island by the Japanese in 1925. This black tea has become a speciality of the region of Sun Moon Lake, just like the fish caught in it.

Note: it is prohibited to visit the secret island of Lalu in the middle of the lake. Only the aboriginals of the local Thao tribe may use it for their ceremonies. In his day, Tchang Kai Chek liked to enjoy his lunch there. Avoid typhoon season, which lasts from July to October.

  • The Sun and Moon lake , Wulai , Ta´wan
    Wulai

    This highly esteemed spa lies in the mountainous territory of the native Atayal tribe.

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  • The Sun and Moon lake , Ta´wan
    The Sun and Moon lake
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  • The Sun and Moon lake , Ta´wan
    The Sun and Moon lake
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  • The Sun and Moon lake , Ta´wan
    The Sun and Moon lake
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  • The Sun and Moon lake , Ta´wan
    The Sun and Moon lake
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  • The Sun and Moon lake , Ta´wan
    The Sun and Moon lake
    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
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