On day 5 of our Taiwan Escapade, we’re heading to Sun Moon Lake 日月潭! Some people believe that if you have never been to Sun Moon Lake 日月, it simply means that you have not been to Taiwan.
And so, this was our plan for Day 5.
Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 is vast and there is so much to explore including the new cableway system to the nearby Formosan Aborigine Cultural Village.
Directions to Sun Moon Lake 日月潭
Taipei city 台北市 > board a HSR train 高鐵 > Taichung HSR Station 台中高鐵站.
(Travel time: About 50~60 mins.)
> At Taichung HSR Station 台中高鐵站 (1樓, 第5出入口, 第3月台) transfer to Nantou bus 南投客運
> Sun Moon Lake 日月潭.
No transfer required at Puli 埔里.
(Fare: About NT$175 / Travel time: About 1 hr 20 mins ~ 1 hr 30 mins.)
We didn’t know that the Taichung HSR Station 台中高鐵站 was NOT at the same location as the Taichung Railway Station 台中火车站. To get there, we have to take the railway train 火车 from Taichung Railway Station 台中火车站 to Xinwuri Station 新乌日火车站, which is connected to the HSR Station 高鐵站.
After finding out, we couldn’t follow the directions that we found pre-trip. Instead, we checked with the hotel’s reception and found another bus that will be able to bring us to Sun Moon Lake 日月潭.
Top places to visit in Sun Moon Lake include:
- Wen-wu Temple
- Ci-En Pagoda (25 mins walk up the steps to top of hill)
- Cruise to Lalu Island (Kwang Hwa Island)
- ItaThao Village (Dehua Village) to view cultural performances
- Peacock Garden
- Ropeway to Formosa Aborigine Cultural Village nearby
Other places to visit include:
- Butterfly Garden and Museum
- Syuen-tzang Temple 玄奘寺
- Syuan-guang Temple 玄光寺
- Hiking trails including up Mt Maolan (1020m AMSL) to the weather station.
Click here to learn more about Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 :)
Some of our friends told us to cycle around Sun Moon Lake 日月潭, while others told us to take the ferry and cruise around the place. If you’re adventurous, you can choose the former option ;)
For us, we decided to go sloooooww and when we reached Sun Moon Lake 日月潭, we decided to get a fruits popsicle, haha!
These fruits popsicles are purely made from fruits, ranging from mangoes, watermelons to even kiwis. No artificial ingredients, etc and it tastes just like the fruit itself. It helps to cool you down if you’re having it after a long walk under the sun :)
While walking to the ferry harbour, there are several quaint souvenir shops along the road that can get you so absorbed in them. Time flew by without any warning, we were too engrossed.
Cute mega statues litter the island, creating several cute spots for photo-taking. Even the telephone post is decorated, haha.
We continued walking to the jetty where we can purchase ferry tickets to go around the island. Typically, each ferry company sells a ticket that brings you to the different jetties around the island. You can choose to stay on or get off the ferry to check out the island.
We got lucky and managed to get last minutes tickets for a certain ferry company (I can’t remember the name) at a cheaper price.
We hurried across the road to snap some pictures of the jetty before the ferry sailed off.
Including the first jetty that we embarked from, we went to 3 stops but unfortunately, I can’t recall the individual names of the jetty. Below are some of the pictures we’ve captured and each jetty brings you different views with different activities to do there. If you’re adventurous, you can even hike through the forested area here at Sun Moon Lake.
Jetty 2 houses the popular, famous and delicious 阿婆茶叶蛋; cheap and tasty! Of course, there is the beautiful sceneries too :)
We moved on to Jetty 3, where we had our quick lunch. The food was so-so, nothing fantastic to rave about, somewhat disappointing. But the views here are equally superb, which makes up for everything else :)
Finally, we returned to the first jetty and managed to snap a last picture of the old street at Sun Moon Lake.
Not wanting to waste the evening/night, we took off to Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市 for dinner/supper after the long journey back to Taichung 台中’s city centre.
Everything here in this night market is yummilicious and irresistible! You just gotta try them all, but the pity is… we don’t have a huge appetite.
This stall is very interesting. Usually rice balls come in the shape of a sphere (circle) but this lady’s rice balls comes in the shape of triangle, and it’s toasted to give it a warm and fuzzy sensation to the rice, enhancing the flavour even more! And her waiting card is way too interesting too! See the picture on the right, the plastic card says 两个女生烤饭圆, which translates to – rice ball of 2 girls :) That’s how the lady recognizes the orders, cute right!
We tried their samples and totally fell in love with it.
Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市 shares one similarity with Chatuchak in Bangkok.
If you can guess it, they sell insanely cute puppies here too.
With these puppies, Day 5 has come to an end…
Look out for Day 6! :)
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow,