Sun Moon Lake
Located in Yuchi Township, Sun Moon Lake is known as the biggest freashwater lake in Taiwan. The lake is 748 meter above sea level with a total area of 5.4 square kilometers. Divided by the Lalu island at the center, the lake has a unique shape like the sun on the east side and crescent moon shape on the west side; thus earning the name “Sun Moon Lake”. With its abundant beauties and enriched ecosystems, it is fond by all visitors.
Sun Moon Lake has beautiful sceneries all year around with the emerald green water surrounded by the green mountains. Every morning, the lake has a beautiful hazy view surrounded by the chilly fog. When the sun rises, the lake starts to show reflections of the mountains and trees like a clear mirror. During nightfall, the water has a color in gold due to the setting of the sun. When the night comes, the reflections of the lamps create a remoantic atmosphere.
Febuary to March – Aboriginal Cherry Blossom Festival
April to May – Fireflies Season
August – Thousands of Braves Swimming Across Sun Moon Lake Event
September – Annual Harvest Festival of the Thao Tribe
September to October – Sun Moon Lake Festival
The most important even held in Sun Moon Lake is the annual “Thousands of Braves Swimming Across Sun Moon Lake”. This interesting event first began in 1983, and officially recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2002. It has attracted hundreds and thousands of local and international participants gathering at Sun Moon Lake. The even indeed provides a great opportunitiy to actually “crossover” the lake.