The Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan, situated in Yuchi, Nantou. The area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in 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.
Swimming at the lake is prohibited but a 3 km Swimming Competition Carnival is held annually around the Mid Autumn Festival month.
When we arrived the 3 km Swimming Competition Carnival just ended.
The Lalu Island is a small island in Sun Moon Lake. the island used to be much bigger. The island is separated by two different parts; one part is in a sharp of a crescent that represents the moon and the other part is round that represents the sun.
When the island was much bigger, people used to live on it. Today the island have shrunk due to two events; first is the construction of a damn in the 1930s, the water level raised and flooded almost the entire island and in 1999 it shrunk again during the 921 Earthquake or also know as the Jiji Earthquake that destroyed the island.
After the 30 minutes boat ride we went to the Wen Wu Temple which it is around the corner not far from the pier.
Wen Wu Temple is located on a mountain, North side of the Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938 because people was worried the water from the Sun Moon Lake will flood the first two temples; Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun.
The Wen Wu Temple of the Year
Before leaving the temple I took some scenic views.
Our last stop before we call for the day, Fong Jia Night Market. The market is located next to the Feng Chia University, it claims to be the largest night market in Taiwan.
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