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Sun Moon Lake is a familiar name when referring to Taiwan tourism. To come here, just spend one day is enough to explore. In only one day from the way of getting around to tourist destinations, Living Nomads will share with you in this article. Let’s discover Sun Moon Lake and around through our Sun Moon Lake blog: Sun Moon lake itinerary — Exploring Sun Moon Lake & Cingjing Farm for 1 day trip (Sun Moon Lake day trip) with Living Nomads below. Just take your pack back, go and enjoy your wonderful trip.

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Sun Moon lake seen from above
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Pagoda and Fisherman at Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
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A corner of Sun Moon Lake. Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.

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Sun Moon Lake spots in Taipei Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.
Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.

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Sun Moon Lake is the largest freshwater lake and also the most famous lake in Taiwan. The name is so beautiful because if you stand from the Ci’en tower look down, the east of the lake has rounded – shape like the sun, the west has curved shape like half of the moon. Thus, the name of the Sun Moon Lake was born here.

Morning Glow at Sun Moon Lake
Morning Glow at Sun Moon Lake
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The sundown view on the Sun Moon Lake

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Sun Moon Lake itinerary: What to do in Sun Moon Lake for 1 day trip?

Exploring the Sun Moon Lake

The most popular activity to discover the beauty of Sun Moon Lake is riding a bicycle around the lake. The bike road at Sun Moon Lake has been rated by CNN Travel as one of the 10 most beautiful cycling routes in the world. And that just makes you not to miss it. The price for bike renting is about 200 NTD for 2 hours (~ 32 USD).

Riding a bike around Sun Moon Lake
Riding a bike around Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake Bicycle Trail
Sun Moon Lake Bicycle Trail

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Major bicycle maker Merida held a cycling race at Sun Moon Lake, attracting some 1000 entrants
Major bicycle maker Merida held a cycling race at Sun Moon Lake, attracting some 1000 entrants
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Bicycling in Sun Moon Lake

Apart from riding a bike, you can also choose to take the ropeway to the lake to enjoy the panoramic view of Sun Moon Lake. The total area of this lake is 4 hectares. The green surface of the lake surrounded by the mountains makes it quite great. This cable car is 1.8km long, one way takes about 30 minutes. The price of a round trip cable is about NTN 300 (~ 47 USD).

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Image by: sun moon lake itinerary blog.

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The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway debuted transparent cable cars on Friday, providing panoramic views of the scenic lake area below
The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway debuted transparent cable cars on Friday, providing panoramic views of the scenic lake area below
The sundown view on the Sun Moon Lake
The sundown view of the Sun Moon Lake. Image by: sun moon lake itinerary blog.
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Sunrise at Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Morning Glow at Sun Moon Lake
Morning Glow at Sun Moon Lake

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Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area

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In addition, people said that the sundown on the lake is very glittery and the mountains behind the lake are also flushed extremely miraculous. So if you can arrange the time, let’s stay for a while to watch this extremely beautiful view.

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

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Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Image by: sun moon lake itinerary blog.
Traditional Game Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Traditional Game Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

From Sun Moon Lake, walking along the next area is the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. This is a place full of cultural materials as well as traditional activities of 14 ethnic groups in Taiwan in ancient times. Along the village on trails are cliff dwellings or wooden houses that are still preserved and remains in accordance with the traditional architecture in the past.

Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village a quite modern amusement park
Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village: a quite modern amusement park. Image by: sun moon lake itinerary blog.
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village roller-coasters
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village roller-coasters. Photo by: sun moon lake blog.
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Nantou, Taiwan 19 March, 2015_Asian people in the roller coaster, Formosan
European romantic garden
A European romantic garden

Moreover, in this cultural village, there is a quite modern amusement park. There are roller coasters, UFOs fall freely. And as shown below is a modern European romantic garden.
In addition, tickets to visit the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (cultural and amusement park) is 780 NTD (~ 123 USD), including cable car tickets. In fact, the culture and gardens are very large and beautiful. But the amusement park is normal and has less game. If you want to save money, you can skip this place.

Cingjing Farm

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Cingjing Farm. Photo by: sun moon lake blog.

Cingjing Farm

A Day in Qingjing Farm
A Day in Qingjing Farm
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Tourist can feed the sheep in Qingjing Farm. Photo by: sun moon lake blog.

The Cingjing Farm is also within Nantou. This is the largest sheep farm in central Taiwan, with over a hundred sheep. The farm is located on high hills with cool weather, clear sunshine. Take photos here with the light from the sun will make your photo cooler. In addition, the natural landscape with endless green grass, fresh air will ensure you to relax comfortably. And what’s more interesting is that you’ll be able to see with your own eyes and feed the very cute sheep.

Green grassland spreading in Qingjing Farm
Green grassland spreading in Qingjing Farm. Photo by: sun moon lake blog.

Also located in Nantou, but few people go to visit both Sun Moon Lake and Cingjing farm because the public transport is not very favorable. But actually, these two places are not far apart. Let’s see how to go that Living Nomads share in the below part.

Wenwu Temple

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One of two fiery red lion sentries watches over Wenwu Temple. Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.
Wenwu Temple at night
Wenwu Temple at night

Wenwu Temple

In front of Wenwu Temple
In front of Wenwu Temple. Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.

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Wenwu Temple located near the Sun Moon Lake. The temple is a combination of two temples Longfeng and Yihua, the first two temples on the shores of the Sun Moon Lake but moved during the Japanese invasion. The temple features the ancient architecture in North China. Thus, this place is also one of the best places to visit during this time.

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How to get to the Sun Moon Lake?

The most popular way to get to Sun Moon Lake is from Taichung.

Option 1: Take the shuttle bus

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Taichung HSR station
The shuttle bus to Sun Moon Lake
The shuttle bus to Sun Moon Lake. Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.
A schedule for the bus to Sun Moon Lake
A schedule for the bus to Sun Moon Lake.

From Taichung HSR station, take the shuttle bus to Sun Moon Lake. One way ticket is about 190 NTD / pax (~ 30 USD). It takes about 2 hours to move.

Option 2: By car from Taichung to Cingjing and Sun Moon Lake

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Car from Cingjing farm to Sun Moon Lake. Image sun moon lake day trip from taichung blog.
The mesmerizing sun moon lake
The mesmerizing Sun Moon Lake. Image credit: sun moon lake day trip blog.

This schedule is for who like to go sightseeing. Instead of staying at Sun Moon Lake for services here, you can focus admiring the majesty of the lake and then go to Cingjing and enjoy the warm atmosphere of nature. Cingjing and Sun Moon Lake are two wonderful natural places in Taiwan. If you can go to these places in only one day, it is very great and saving.

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