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 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.
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).
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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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