Sun Moon Lake Bikeway, Nantou County

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Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Located in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.OverviewSun Moon Lake is located 748m above sea level. It is 27m deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93km2. The area surrounding the lake has many trails for hiking.While swimming in Sun Moon Lake is usually not permitted, there is an annual 3-km race called the Swimming Carnival of Sun Moon Lake held around the Mid-Autumn Festival each year. In recent years the participants have numbered in the tens of thousands. Other festivities held at the same time include fireworks, laser shows, and concerts.The lake and its surrounding countryside have been designated one of thirteen national scenic areas in Taiwan. Wen Wu Temple was built after rising water levels from building a dam forced several smaller temples to be removed. Ci En Pagoda was built by late President Chiang Kai-shek in 1971 in memory of his mother. Other temples of note include Jianjing Temple, Syuentzang Temple and Syuanguang Temple.
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  • In fact, there is a problem of renting a car in the Sun Moon Lake. I've been told to go to the Mountain Visitors ' center to get back to the car, how many times I've been to the audience, the return trip to the station, the ride, to the point of no extra time, unless the train is a person
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  • Lake bike trail is approximately 1/3 of the way on the western edge of the Lake. There's no cars. The cycle path is perfectly made and beautiful to ride - during the week in the Nebensaisson. Who comes in the Hauptsaisson or even on weekends can omit the Lake. No fun nature with masses of noisy tourists. We have enough Yes Alpine Lakes in Europe
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  • Myself and two friends rented a car and drove from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake early on a Sunday morning. The car rental for the day just cost about TWD2,000. We left at 5:30am...wow!..too early. Howeve...  more »

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As a base for explorations of the county, Nantou offers a wealth of accommodations for its many visitors, from the outdoorsy minded, to cultural adventurers and luxury-lovers. Take a look in the center of town to find a number of hotels of all types, along with some simple guesthouses. On the outskirts, particularly by the river to the north, sit a good selection of boutiques boasting views of the surrounding landscape. Many visitors to the county also get tempted by lakeside accommodations by Sun Moon Lake--arguably the main natural attraction of the county--to the south.
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