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Cycling Around Sun Moon LakeOne of the 10 most beautiful bikeways in the world, Tsou culture, and ecological experience

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Take a Taiwan Tour Bus from The Wuri High-Speed Rail Station in Taichung and, after arriving at Sun Moon Lake, select a bike you like at a cycle hire shop.

 
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle: http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/
In the early morning, the lake has a different kind of charm. Enjoy a cool ride before the sun comes out, savoring Wenwu Temple, Ita Thao Village, Xuanzang Temple, Shuishe Dam, and other sceniuc sights on the way.
 
Ride 1:
Cycle 30 kilometers up and down around Sun Moon Lake. From Xiangshan Visitor Center→ Turn left→ Toushe→Ita Thao→ Cable car station→ Peacock Garden→ Wenwu Temple→ Jiulongkou→ Zhaowu Wharf, Shuishe→ Xiangshan Visitor Center
 
Ride 2:
Ride along the Sun Moon Lake loop road then follow County Road 131 to Checheng and enjoy authentic Taiwanese dishes at Zhuangjiaocai. The ride is all downhill for 20 kilometers, passing Taiwan’s only Kongming temple, offering a chance to see Orchid World at Yuchi and a variety of unexpected beautiful sights. By the time you reach “the last train station, ”Chengcheng, you will be sure to gasp at the beauty of Taiwan.

 

Recommended scenic spots

Xiangshan Visitor Center
Xiangshan Visitor Center
  • AddressNo.599, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchih (Yuchi) Township, Nantou County

The Xiangshan 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 on top.

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Ita Thao Lakeside Trail
Ita Thao Lakeside Trail
  • AddressRiyue Vil., Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

The trail begins from the Chunghwa Telecom Building, and leads to Syuanzang Temple. It is 500 meters in length. Tourists can visit the temples via the trail, thus it is also regarded as a "Pilgrim Path".

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Sun Moon Lake Ropeway
Sun Moon Lake Ropeway
  • AddressNo.102, Zhongzheng Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is manufactured by Austria Dopplemayr (Dopplemayr has been manufacturing and installed in more than 13,850 cable car systems in 79 countries around the world) and is the same type used in the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village since 2001.
Fare:
suggested rate: NT$300 round trip pass from Sun Moon Lake to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Note: customers to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village can take the ropeway for free and no pass purchase is necessary. The price of admission to the village will not increase this year.

Business hours: 
10:30 ~ 16:00 during weekdays; 10:00 ~ 16:30 during holidays and weekends.

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Wunwu Temple
Wunwu Temple
  • AddressNo.63, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

The architecture of the temple has the palace style of northern China. It is of 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.

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Checheng
Checheng
  • AddressNo.101-5 Min-Cyuan Lane., Che-Cheng Village, Shui-Li Township., Nantou County, Taiwan R.O.C.

Checheng is a rustic little village close to Mingtan Reservoir. As the terminus of the Jiji tourist railroad, the village prospered for a while in early days due to the construction of the reservoir as well as the logging industry; today, its economy relies on the railroad, logging, power generation, and winery cultures. It is now a recreation area with both leisure and educational functions.

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