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24 travelers at this place:

  • Day9

    First stop of the day was Lugang Township, formerly the busiest port town in Taiwan, where we visited a temple and had a walk around the old town. On the way we sampled the local specialty, shrimp monkeys (deep fried mud shrimp, eaten whole including head and legs).

    On the way out of town we drove through a rural area, past a traditional cemetery and stopped at a Shell Temple in Fuxing Township. It's a little-visited labour of love that took one man 20 years to build, covering his own temple inside and out, with sea shells (all but 2 of the temples in Taiwan are privately owned, by individuals or not -for profits organizations)

    The drive to Sun Moon Lake was mostly on raised freeways and through tunnels, so we made good time, arriving in time for a shuttle boat cruise - a fleet of boats visit 3 ports around the lake and you hop-on and off at your leisure.

    Sun Moon Lake is the most popular tourist destination in Taiwan - we counted 30 tour buses in one of the car parks, mostly from mainland China (although the Taiwanese government is actively promoting tourism from other east Asian countrtries to minimise their reliance on China if the political situation deteriorates).

    Tea was in the night market again, but as it's not a major city, it was starting to shut down as we walked back to the hotel at 7.30pm.
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  • Day8

    An early start... Or not

    October 2 in Taiwan

    Today is our last day at the sun moon lake. Our alarms went off at 7am as we had planned to go up Mt Shuishe. However my knee was killing after yesterday's cycle and with the high humidity doing a 12km hike was probably not the best idea. So we fell back asleep and then got up a bit later. In the morning we wandered to the top of Mt. Maolan and it was a pleasant walk through forested tracks. It's 85% humidity here so the view is ridiculously hazy. All the same it was nice to get to the top for a late lunch picnic. We sat at the top chatted for a while and then headed down. On the way down we saw some lovely butterflies and heard a woodpecker. After a lot of searching we eventually found a grey capped woodpecker! I can't remember if I've told you about my binoculars that Will got me for my birthday, but they are fab and I'm using them everywhere we go 😍

    By the time we got down it was 4pm so we treated ourselves to a salted brown sugar bubble tea along the pier. It wasn't as good as the one we tried in Taichung! Gutted.

    For dinner we went to a local restaurant that our airbnb host recommended and we're done for the day by about 6ish, so headed back to the house to pack and plan for tomorrow. When we arrived out host looked ready to go out and had been waiting for us. We didn't get his message but basically he wanted to take us to a local night market with his son. When we got there he asked us if we were full (we were ridiculously full), but we felt too polite to say... We ended up eating a Peppered sirloin steak with noodles, with a sweetcorn soup as a starter and he bought us an oyster omelette as well. We were absolutely stuffed!
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  • Day7

    Sun Moon Lake

    October 1 in Taiwan

    Having had a great time in Taichung it's now time to move on and go to Sun Moon Lake a very popular place for Taiwanese at weekends! We ended up getting a much earlier bus so arrived at Sun Moon Lake by 11am. We started walking towards our airbnb when a man in a car pulled over and showed a picture of me on his phone. The owner came to pick us up which was really sweet!

    The room was basic but just what we needed. We sat outside with a view of the lake eating our sushi rolls from 7Eleven. I must admit this time we are roughing it a tiny bit more as things are a bit more expensive and we are worried about costs! So you'll probably see that we do eat from 7Eleven quite a lot (equivalent of Tesco express apart from you can heat food in them).

    Our plan for the afternoon was to hire bikes and cycle round the 35km lake. Our intentions were high but not as high as the hills around the lake so after 3km we headed back and decided to just do the easy side of the lake 😂 We still cycled around 20km, just not with steep uphills. I'm sure a normal cyclist could do them but I am not a cyclist and ended up just getting off the bike every minute! The other side of the lake was great, still tiring enough. It was a really lovely day with the sun shining the whole time.

    On our way back we popped into 7-11 for an ice cream and to top up our travel cards. Annoyingly we couldn't pay by card so we had to come back after getting our bike deposit back! Now exhausted we popped back to 7-11 to pay for our travel cards and after a look round found some bento boxes that would suffice for a cheap and cheerful and, more importantly, instant dinner. Oh and Will purchased his first Taiwanese beer. It's only 6:30pm and we are done!

    Unfortunately we haven't done our steps, despite all the cycling, so we went for a little wander before heading home.
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  • Day7

    Sun Moon Lake

    May 5 in Taiwan

    Heute hieß es am Sun Moon Lake Fahrräder ausleihen und los geht’s. Geplant war den ganzen See zu umrunden, wir hatten uns dann doch recht schnell getrennt und Robin und ich nahmen den Fahrradweg in die andere Richtung. Der Weg ging entlang am See mit tollen Ausblicken. Nach der Hälfte der Umrundung trafen wir uns alle wieder und sind gemeinsam zurück gefahren. Die Fahrräder waren nach 15 km wirklich sehr unbequem aber das gute daran war, es waren E-Bikes (welche auch wirklich sehr praktisch sind bei den Bergen). Nach der Radtour ging es dann noch weiter in die nächste Stadt „Tainan“. Der Weg dorthin war etwas besonderes. Zuerst sind wir mit dem Bus gefahren und danach mit den HSR (High Speed Rail), welcher bis zu 300 km/h erreicht (auf der Anzeige sieht man die aktuelle Geschwindigkeit).Read more

  • Day7


    October 5, 2017 in Taiwan

    3580 meters above sea level. This is probably the highest piece of asphalt you can travel in Taiwan. Despite the lack of oxygen, my scooter takes it with a steady 60 kmh from Taroko to Qingjing. After passing the foggy cloud level (which stretches from 2000m to 3000m altitude) the views are mind-blowing. Not many people make it up to this point because the weather forecast is rather bad. Additionally, last night's thunderstorm chucked rocks and debris on the road, requiring more concentration. As the road winds up the mountain range, dark tunnels and narrow curves need to be taken.

    The challenge was worth it.
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  • Day8

    Back to school

    October 6, 2017 in Taiwan

    3:00am my alarm sounds. I jump on my scooter and drive up the mountain road. The sunrise watched from 3000m above sea level kicks off a beautiful day.

    In Caotun I meet Ian and his family. I linked up with him via Couchsurfing. He takes me to his junior high school class. The kids are curious as hell and ask a lot of questions. The day finishes off with a homemade dinner.Read more

  • Day9


    October 7, 2017 in Taiwan

    I leave Caotun behind and head to famous Sunmoon Lake, a popular tourist destination in Taiwan. On the highway I spot another scooter driver with backpack, hiking boots and 1,95m height.

    Together we climb Shuijishan and at the summit we put our hammocks into the trees to camp there overnight.

  • Day6

    Sun moon lake

    September 25 in Taiwan

    The lake gets its name because of its shape: The eastern side of Sun Moon Lake is said to resemble the sun, while the western side resembles the moon. It is the biggest lake in Taiwan and surrounded by mountains.

    We rented a bike and did the biking tour around the lake. Unfortunately we got already lost at the beginning but our cycling skills improved a lot during our trip! We cycled up and down (too many hills and mountains in taiwan) shared the road with cars and had to carry our bike up the stairs. One of our best stops was at the pagoda where we could enjoy a panoramic view from the top of it. At the end we needed to hurry because it got dark already but finally we arrived safely and happy in our hostel!
    Our host even grades us up to the best room on the 5th floor 😮 but with an amazing view.
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  • Day19

    Aowanda - Maple Watching Trail

    August 9, 2017 in Taiwan

    Aowanda National Forest - Maple Watching Trail (too many stairs... 30 minutes) and Platform

    Wendy and I walked total minimum 4 hours today in this forest.

    此步道距離並不長,但都是階梯... 加上在此之前已經走了有三個小時,所以這些階梯爬起來更加辛苦。


You might also know this place by the following names:

Nantou, 난터우 현, 南投縣

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