Road trip in Taiwan – Sun Moon Lake

Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan 

That morning I was very excited to drive towards this iconic place, Sun Moon Lake. It’s not that well known from European people I think, but it’s very famous in the Chinese culture and a lot of people go there for their honeymoon. When we got up, the weather was gorgeous and we could see all the nice plantations around the guesthouse we couldn’t see last night because it was really dark outside when we arrived.

View from the guesthouse

View from the guesthouse

We took the car for a short drive towards the lake and the views on the way were gorgeous again.

On the road again

We had a brief stop near another tea plantation and saw an orchid factory. We asked the guy if we could have a look inside and he agreed. That was quite nice to be able to see it !

Orchid factory

There are a lot of shrines in Taiwan and they are always very colourful.

A bit further away, we stopped for a quickly lunch in a local place. I’m glad Le was there because they couldn’t speak English :D It was delicious and so cheap, was less than a £1.

Good and cheap food

After a bit of driving, we finally arrived at Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan, home to the aboriginal Thao tribe. One part of the lake looks like a moon and the other obviously looks like the sun, hence the name. For the first day, we decided to visit the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, an amusement park with an aboriginal culture theme.

There are three distinct parts in the park: one where you can do rides, one European garden and also another part that is more informative where you can learn about traditional tribal lifestyle. They have created 9 different villages for each main tribe of Taiwan and it was so interesting ! We went for that part first because it was the main reason we were going there anyway. We didn’t have time to visit the garden and we were not really interested by the rides.

There are music shows, craft demonstrations, dance and the performers always invite the audience to participate and it’s a lot of fun. We went for one of this show and at one point, the guy asked something to the audience, people were raising their hands.. I thought he asked if we wanted a gift or something.. so I raised my hand as well. But actually, he asked if anyone has his/her birthday today. Since I raised my hand, and since I was the only white people there, they obviously had to pick me up. I couldn’t understand a word and Le was laughing very far away in the audience, and they were struggling with the few words of English they knew. I was a bit too big for their costume but I managed to fit into something. It was amazing and good fun.

After that, we took the cable car and had a wonderful view over the lake. We had mango ice cream before driving back to the main area of Sun Moon Lake just on time for sunset.

Sun Moon Lake

We had our last stop at Wenwu Temple on the North bank of the Lake, one of the biggest temples around.

Sunset sun moon lake

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41 responses to “Road trip in Taiwan – Sun Moon Lake

  1. Such a fascinating trip Gin! The villages sound so interesting – what a great way to learn about the tribal culture and traditions. The scenery is so beautiful too! You look lovely in the traditional costume as well! :)

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  5. Awesome views makes you want to pack up and go visit . The Temple looks like a great place to stop and have a prayer or two. I might add you and your lady make it all look like fun and the ice creams makes it look even more fun but it is for the youth of tomorrow. Good luck with your next travels I will be here waiting to here about them each and every one.

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  6. That first photo looks like a heavenly place to eat breakfast; I felt relaxed just looking at it! You were a good sport to get into the costume and look like a star up there, casually waving your microphone!

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  7. Wonderful to see these pictures of Taiwan. It’s so green and mountainous. Definitely somewhere I’d like to go. Great experience to get involved in the show! Cool costume #mondayescaped

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  8. Gorgeous views of the place. I like the table and chairs picture. They make you want to sit down and enjoy the place. It was good that you raised you hand. You got to where the dress. That look nice.

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  9. Gorgeous scenery and it sounds like a lot of fun as well!! My husband always gets picked for those interactive kind of things, we always burst our sides laughing at the back!! The ice cream looks delicious too!

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    • Oh I hope you will manage to visit this beautiful island :-) A road trip is very convenient if you want to visit everything at your own pace. Otherwise, there are a lot of public transports and it’s possible to travel without using a car.

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  10. This sounded and looked like such an awesome day around the Sun Moon Lake. Beautiful views and brilliant photography as usual. Hahaha, you were the only white people and you got to be famous for a bit. Once in a lifetime opportunity :D

    That is a big serve of mango ice-cream. Beautiful shot of you and Le, beautiful couple and you two look so happy :) <3 To be honest, it looks like Le likes to post for the cameras.

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    • Yes, once in a lifetime opportunity. People were really friendly but I thought there were going to drop me when they had to push my chair into the air, and they said “relax relax”, but I was very tense. They were so tiny !

      Le is always making faces and it’s difficult to have a decent picture. He knows that it will be quicker if he put a good face straight away :p

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