Attractions

  • Wenwu Temple Hiking Trail

    Address:
    No.63, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan .

    Due to their precarious height, the Year-of-Steps are nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven. There are 366 ascending steps, each representing one day of the year. The climbing of this entire stairway symbolizes the passing of a year. A date is carved on each of the stone steps, along with the names of internationally famous people who were born on the corresponding date.

    Visitors climbing these steps can find out whom they share a birthday with! At the same time, information related to the traditional Chinese solar periods is also carved into the steps, providing interesting and educational materials.

     

  • Ita Thao

    Address:
    Ita Thao, Rih Yue Village, Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan .

    Once known as Dehua Village, this is the main Thao settlement. Traditional Thao performances and cultural exhibitions are offered here, as well as a shopping area full of Thao atmosphere.

    Ita Thao Lakeside Trail:
    This 0.4-kilometer trail starts opposite the Youth Activity Center and completes near Ita Thao Wharf. Sounds of insects and birds are incessant along this lakeshore board walkway, and the smell of wild ginger blossoms fills the air.

    The Deer Chasing Legend:
    The Thao Aborigines claim that their ancestors originated from Alishan. However, according to another legend, they originally came from the area near to Fucheng in Tainan. Many years ago, a group of Thao hunters were hunting in the mountains when they came upon a large, corpulent white deer. Together with their hunting dogs, they crossed over mountains and valleys to chase this large white deer. As they chased the deer, they went deep into the other side of the mountain. Along the journey, they used their hunting knives to cut off pieces of bark from the trees so as to mark their route. After chasing the deer for many days, their energy was all but exhausted, and to their amazement, they saw a landscape of lakes and mountains unfold before their very eyes. The white deer that they had been chasing had no way of escape, and rushed into the middle of a lake. The hot hooves that had been on the run were frozen by the ice cold lake waters, became stiff, rigid, and difficult to move. After the Thao hunting ancestors caught the white deer, countless varieties of fish were attracted to compete for its blood and internal organs. The elderly Thao ancestors scooped up the fish varieties and were the first to carefully taste them. Not only were the fish non-poisonous, but these shoals of fish from the lake were extremely delicious. Only after trying out the fish did they allow the young and strong Thao to eat them. Everyone was very pleased. Not only did the lake area have beautiful and enticing scenery, but there was a plentiful supply of fish in the lake. This truly was a peaceful and good location provided to the ancestors from above. They quickly returned the way they had come, following the marks they had made on the trees, in order to bring the rest of the community to this new place. From that time and on, the Thao people have resided at Sun Moon Lake, which has become their native land. 

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  • Wenwu Temple

    Address:
    No.63, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan .

    During the Japanese occupation period there were two temples on the banks of the lake: Longfeng Temple in Shuishe Village and Yihua Hall in what is now Yitashao. But when the Japanese built their hydroelectric power plants, the water levels rose, and the temples had to be removed. The Japanese electric company paid compensation, and the temple managers decided to combine their resources and build a single new temple at Songboling on the northern shore of the lake. The result was today's Wenwu Temple.
    The architecture of the temple has the palace style of northern China. It is a large and imposing structure, with three separate halls. On the second floor of the front hall is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature; the central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-god Yue Fei; the rear hall is dedicated to Confucius. This is the only Confucius Temple in Taiwan that keeps its central door open. Temple officials say that they do this because the temple is on the bank of Sun Moon Lake and has many tourists, so they keep the door open for the convenience of the visitors. The bronze statue of a seated Confucius makes this also the only Confucius temple in Taiwan that contains an image of the sage. In addition to Confucius, there are also statues of his disciples, Mencius and Zihsih. These three images originally came from Mainland China. They were taken to Japan to escape the Boxer Rebellion near the end of the Qing Dynasty; later on, they were reproduced and brought to Wunwu Temple.

    Another interesting feature of the temple is the two vermillion stone lions on the two sides of the front plaza. They were donated by Wu Huo-shih, the late chairman of the Shin Kong Life Insurance Company, whose name meant "fire lion."

    Year of Steps at Wenwu Temple
    Before the round-the-lake road was built, the only way to get to Wunwu Temple was to take a boat to the pier below the temple and climb up a very steep flight of steps.

    In early days, these steps were called the "stairway to Heaven." Completion of the road made it far easier for travelers to reach the temple, and the steps below the temple were gradually forgotten.

    The administration recently renovated the steps. There are now 366 steps covering the 150-meter distance, symbolizing the 366 days in a year (including an extra day in leap year). At the step that represents the first day of each month, there is now a platform where people can stop and rest. Information related to the 24 solar periods is also carved into the steps, so that visitors can learn something about China's traditional folk culture as they slowly ascend the steps. The steps are now known as the "Year of Steps at Wunwu Temple", and make a very interesting visit.

    There are also wind chimes along the steps, which are used by visitors to ask for blessings. Their function is somewhat like that of a wishing well. Visitors first go to Wunwu Temple and buy wind chimes for their specific animal of the Chinese zodiac, and then have the chimes passed through incense smoke by temple workers. Then the visitors write their names and the contents of their wishes, and go to the top of the Year of Steps to ring the chimes, and finally go down the steps and hang the chimes beside those steps that represent their birthdays, symbolizing the completion of their efforts. 

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  • Xiangshang Visitor Center

    Address:
    No.599, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County .

    The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.

    【Xiangshang Cafe】
    Not only does Xiangshang Café offer lovely views of Sun-Moon Lake, it has a distinctive feature which is the internationally-renowned avant garde building designed by a Japanese architect; the nearby round-the-lake trail is complete and is certain to become a favorite scenic spot for cyclists; adding to its appeal are the building’s lights that by night create a totally different and breathtaking scene and style. Interior design was carried out after discussions with Norihiko Ddan and Associates and also with the assistance of Professor Zhang Zi-long of National Taiwan University of the Arts, the aim being to create a simple-but-fashionable café with a modern style, with main color of the building being white to match the building. The main bar combines glass and light elements, creating a pleasant visual effect. The shop area has an open layout and overturns the disorderly impression that shops often give, increasing the feeling of space and having a simple style. The seats are high-class with a pronounced design feel and the clever use of lights adds interest to the indoor space; as for the outdoor seats, the bright colors create a rich and lively visual effect. The “exterior beauty” of the café alone is captivating; getting to know its “inner beauty” is a really good reason to visit Xiangshang Cafe when you visit Sun Moon Lake.

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  • Yuetan Bike Path

    Address:
    Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan .

    The Yuetan Bicycle Path is an eight-kilometer stretch from Xuanzang Temple via Huantan Tunnel No. 1 to the Mingtan Water Outlet. The path meanders through beautiful scenery and gives cyclists a wonderful view out onto the Toushe Basin to the south and Qinglong Mountain to the north. Hop on a bike, strap on a helmet and peddle to your heart's content!

    Along the way, do not miss the view looking out onto the whole Toushe Basin, where the fields and houses are arranged like a chessboard. 

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  • Jioulongkou

    Address:
    Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan .

    Sun Moon Lake's name is mainly derived from its shape. The eastern part is round like a sun, and the western part is narrow and long like a crescent moon. Actually, if you look at the lake from a high elevation you will see that it has a winding shoreline and is surrounded by mountains. The curves of the shoreline resemble dragons, and the peninsulas that project into the water from the surrounding mountains also look like dragons pushing into the water. At least, that is the opinion of the Fengshui or geomancy masters. They say that Sun Moon Lake has "Nine Dragons Chasing a Pearl", and so the shoreline has many place names that are related to dragons: Kunlun Dragon Ride, Green Dragon Mountain, Two Dragons Mountain, and others. The lake itself was once called "Dragon Lake”. So the place where Provincial Highway 21 enters the lake is called Jioulongkou, meaning“Mouth of the Nine Dragons”.

    Jianjing Temple
    Jianjing Temple sits beside Jioulongkou, and although it is a very ordinary Earth God shrine, there is an interesting story behind it. Actually, there are two stories about how the temple came to be named Jianjing, or the "seeing crystal." One is that when the weather is clear, the sunlight reflecting off the ripples on the surface of the lake sparkles like crystal. The other story is that during the Japanese occupation period, when the Japanese started building the hydroelectric power plants, a group of bright objects that sparkled like crystal were frequently seen flying back and forth in the sky. At first the people didn't know what it was. But later on they learned that it was pieces of "dragon silver" which had originally lived at the bottom of the lake; when it was disturbed by the construction work, the "dragon silver" flew away in the direction of Puli.

    Bamboo Stone Garden
    Redeveloped from an old bamboo specimen garden, this garden now grows all kinds of bamboo. These can be seen together with large amounts of native pebbles used as construction materials to provide a fresh natural appearance. A 1.14-kilometer path from the garden leads to the Tea Research and Extension Station, and is lined with all kinds of bamboo.

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  • Songbolun Hiking Trail

    Address:
    Songbolun Hiking Trail, Nantou County 552, Taiwan .

    The Songbolun Nature Trail, which is near Wenwu Temple, reaches a length of 600 meters. On the left side near the entrance is a white memorial arch, and at the top of the steps above it is a bronze statue of the late President Chiang Kai-shek.

    At the end of the trail is a two-storey observation pavilion, and beside the pavilion is a bronze sculpture of a carrying pole with two baskets. The sculpture is a favorite of photographers, but it also has historical significance. It is said that in early years when the Thao residents of Lalu Island went to the Puli to collect rent that this is also where they came ashore from the lake. 

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  • Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

    Address:
    No. 102, Chung-Cheng Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan .

    Sun Moon Lake Station lies to the south east of Sun Moon Lake, the north of Ita Thao community, and the west of Youth Activity Center. The Ropeway incorporates water, land, and air and merges the two characteristic tourist attractions in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake and Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. You can take the ropeway to enter the most fun and knowledge filled theme park Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and experience the stunning 3 stars lake view recommended by Michelin green guide on the cablecar.

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  • The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

    Address:
    No. 45, Chihtien Lane, Yuchih Township, Nantou County 55544, Taiwan .

    A Treat for All Ages and All Interests By Sun Moon Lake and linked with Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village; which today is the result of three decades of planning and construction. A vacation spent with us is sure to delight and thrill with 62 hectares to explore.  Take a walk through time to visit the homes and communities of Taiwan’s main indigenous tribal groups; spend an afternoon or longer riding over 25 amusement rides ; or stroll through the grounds of Taiwan’s largest and most authentic European garden.
    Tucked amongst shade trees, between the European Gardens and the Aboriginal Village Park, is a haven for seekers of thrills and pure fun.  The amusement park area sports a wide variety of amusement rides imported from Europe and the United States.  We recommend The Spanish Coast, Caribbean Splash, UFO Gyro Drop, Mayan Adventure Roller Coaster, The Gold Mine Adventure, and Space Mountain VR for an adventurous experience.  We offer many rides and attractions including Aladdin Pavilion and Culture Square for the younger crowd and people who enjoy more subtle experiences.  The park has enough to keep visitors of all age groups happy for hours on end.

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