Taiwan Holiday: Kaoshiung to Taichung – 4th Day

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.

~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~

Taiwan Holiday: Hualien to Taitung – 2nd Day

Journey continues from Hualien to Taitung.

After our breakfast at 6am we headed to Taroko National Park.

Taroka National Park is one of the eight national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroka Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park. The park spans Taichung City, Nantou County and Hualien County.

The park was originally established as the Tsugitaka-Taroka National Park by the Governor-General of Taiwan on December 12th, 1937 when Taiwan was part of the Empire of Japan. After the Empire of Japan’s defeat in World War II, the Republic of China assumed control of Taiwan. The Republic of China government subsequently abolished the park on August 15th 1954. Then in November 28th, 1986 the park was reestablished.

Eternal Spring Shrine, Taroka National Park, Hualien on the east coast

After walking for 1 hour around the Taroko National Park we left and stopped at Rei Suei Leisure Farm. The farm with beautiful scenery, clear water, fresh air, and affluent grassland, suitable for development of stock breeding.

The cafe cum a souvenir shop served cakes and special brewed coffee using the milk freshly produced by the cows. Yummy milk nougats are being sold too.

A small petting zoo for us to visit at the farm.

Our next destination the Taitung Hot Spring Resort.

The scenic view along the journey.

By 6pm it is already dark in Taiwan.

Reached Taitong Hot Spring Resort around 9pm, had dinner at the resort. Did not join the rest at the Hot Spring as I didn’t really feel comfortable at all. So I adjourn to bed instead.

~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~