Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sights to See: Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
Popular for honeymoons, Sun Moon Lake is known for its natural thermal hot springs and crowded with Chinese tourists and tour buses.  It is located in the nation’s center 157 miles north of Taipei--about 2 1/2- hours by High Speed Rail--in scenic Yuchi Township, Nantou County.  At 2,454-feet altitude and surrounded by mountains, it is the only Taiwan county not by the sea.  A large power plant here, which was destroyed in World War II and then rebuilt, produces 40% of Taiwan’s electricity.  Enlarged by half and made deeper during the Japanese occupation, this natural lake is the largest lake in Taiwan.  Its name comes from the fact that the southern part of the lake’s Lalu Island is shaped like a crescent moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun.  Bird-watching is good in the forests, and sightings might include the Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Grap-throated Minivet, Formosan Yuhina, Gray Tree Pie, Bamboo Partridge, Chinese Bulbul, Muller's Barbet, and Black Bulbul.  Colonies of Black-crowned Night herons and Egretta garzettas, as well as birds such as the common kingfisher and the Green-winged Teal, can also be seen.  


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


making selfies among the cherry blossoms at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
making selfies among the cherry blossoms at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


wedding couple at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
wedding couple at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


evening at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
evening at Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan


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11 comments:

  1. Fantastic. Sun Moon Lake was one of my favorite spots in Taiwan, it was so beautiful!!

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  2. Love your opening photo! Simply breathtaking. Have never been to Taiwan, but Sun Moon Lake certainly looks like an amazing place to visit. thx for sharing.

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  3. Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area looks beautiful - breathtaking as Doreen said. You're piquing my interest in Taiwan.

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  4. Love your scenes from Taiwan. The wedding couple photo is stunning!

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  5. This sounds like a lovely spot. David and I have been to Taipei but we really need to go back and explore the countryside as well.

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  6. Sun Moon Lake looks beautiful, and I love that cherry blossom!

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  7. Great photos---I especially love the cherry blossom selfies.

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  8. I am enjoying your Taiwan posts!! Such lovely photos too!!

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  9. I very much enjoyed your posting about Sun Moon Lake. Whenever I capture a photo of newlyweds in the area I am traveling in, I know that the location is special. Thanks for a very interesting posting!

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  10. I visited Taipei a few years back I wish I had known about Sun Moon Lake then. Your photos really capture the beauty of that area. I'll have to catch it next time.

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