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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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  • It's a 33 km cycle ride around the lake which is enough to challenge all but the very keanest and fittest of cyclists. To do a complete circuit of the lake then there are some sections on the road / h...  more »
  • Biking around sun moon lake is a unique way of getting closer to nature compared to taking the ferry. However, it is probably not advisable to do it on weekends and there's too many bikers and you can...  more »
  • The Sun Moon Lake Bikeway is a great place to cycle. Definitely worth a stop for a few days to enjoy the views, food and cycling. The bikeway is suitable for both newbie riders as well as cycling enth...  more »