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Yuchi

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  • Day52

    Sun Moon Lake

    November 20, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Up to try and get some drone shots but too rainy. 😫.
    Had another heart attack breakfast with butter, more butter, extra butter, chips, sausage and more butter. Artery clogging tastic.
    Drove for 3 hours to a man made lake called Sun Moon Lake. Very picturesque, if a bit cloudy.
    Checked in to our Switzerland style chalet, with high wooden ceilings and a balcony bedroom, overlooking the others for Hannah and I.
    Wandered to the lake and took a boat trip on a catamaran to the other side and back.
    Curly not feeling well, so we went back so she could chill out and have a bath.
    After she warmed up we went out for some food. Almost everything was closed by 7.30 and we struggled to find somewhere to eat.
    Found a nice man who said he would cook us some food. Fed us all with beer for only £20.75, bargain.
    Dad and I had a brief conversation with a swearing parrot on the way home, which I'm sure was made much more funny by the 58% spirit from the store (costing only £1.50 for a little bottle).
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  • Day51

    Exploring Jiufen

    November 19, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Nice leisurely start of 9am. We had breakfast included which was probably the most butter loaded croissant I've ever had, plus a slab of bacon to wash it down with. Heart attack central.
    Drove down toward the coast. Did a short stop at an unplanned temple stop. Amazing place with 7 floors of gold decorated rooms. We managed to lose Hannah and Curly on the way round.
    The roof was covered in dragons and fighting men. Down to the coast after that to see the golden waterfalls and some sandstone rock features next to massive surf. Walked through a forest and up to a headland to see some panoramic views of the sea and a multicolored military base.
    Narrowly avoided paying 100 pounds for some lobster and ormer lunch. We thought it was going to be about a 10th of that.
    Drove up the road back to our village and went straight out to the old street.
    Found a lovely place for tea and nibbles. We had to add small dried tea leaves to a pot, which expanded to about 50 times their size. The green tea made us all feel spaced out.
    Fully spaced out we found somewhere for beer and dumplings, with a great view over the hills and valley.
    On the way back curly took us on a detour down a cave and found another pub at the end. Had 5 huge beers and booked a woody hotel for the next few nights.
    Picked up an Oreo waffle on the way home to share. Well tasty!
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  • Day9

    From Lugang to the Sun (Moon Lake)

    December 2, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    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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  • Day9

    Zaterdag 16 november 2019

    November 16, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    De dag start met het triest nieuws dat ome Jan, de broer van Nelly’s vader, is overleden.
    Na het ontbijt hebben we vol goede moed allebei een fiets van het hotel gepakt met de intentie om een stuk langs het meer te fietsen. Rondom het meer is een fiets- wandelpad aangelegd van circa 30 km. Echter de gemiddelde Taiwanees is een stuk kleiner dan Peter: zelf op de hoogste zadelstand kwamen ze voeten nog makkelijk bij de grond en boven het stuur uit. Tel daarbij op diverse klimmetjes en de conditie van een gepensioneerde postbode, resultaat: na een uur weer terug in het hotel.
    Dan maar met de Nissan Livina rondje Sun Moon Lake. Eerste stop een grootschalig Black Tea Festival: inderdaad je moet alles in je leven een keer mee gemaakt hebben. Veel stalletjes waar mensen hun zwarte thee aanprijzen. Ook hebben we kunnen proeven: je proeft echt wel verschil met onze Pickwick.
    Vlakbij het festival loopt ook een pad door het bos naar een ‘outlook’ over het meer. We zijn er nu toch dus deze nemen we even mee.
    Een enorme tempel met beelden en afbeeldingen van onder andere Confucius is onze volgende stop. Het complex bestaat uit meerdere etages en van de bovenste een mooi uitzicht over het meer. Ziet er allemaal indrukwekkend uit en hier en daar wordt gebeden, wierookstokjes aangestoken en bloemen en eten geofferd. Ook gooien ze 2 stenen op de grond: hoe ze neerkomen heeft vast een bepaalde betekenis. Net zoals een bus met stokjes er in: dus bus wordt flink geschut, er wordt dan een stokje getrokken, ze lezen wat er opstaat en stoppen het stokje weer terug in de bus.
    De volgende plaats waar we willen stoppen gaat niet lukken: gigantisch druk en geen parkeerplaats te vinden.
    Dus maar door naar de volgende plaats aan het meer: hier hebben we gisteravond gegeten. Ook bizar druk, is een van de 4 aanlegplaatsen van de boten waarmee we gisteren een tocht mee hebben gemaakt, maar tegen betaling weten we toch een parkeerplek te bemachtigen. Plaatsje doorgelopen en geluncht, daarna terug naar het hotel. Lekker op het terras met een biertje en de ereader. Tenslotte is het vakantie. ‘s Avonds gegeten in hetzelfde restaurant als gisteravond: waarom moeilijk doen als het ook makkelijk kan, toch?
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  • Day15

    Fahrradtour um den Sun-Moon-Lake

    August 13, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Bei strömendem Regen machten wir uns heute morgen mit dem Bus auf den Weg zu dem zwei Stunden entfernten Sonne-Mond-See. Dies ist ein Stausee auf ca. 750m Höhe, welcher früher die Form eines Mondes und einer Sonne hatte.
    Mit wenig Hoffnung auf besseres Wetter, stiegen wir am See aus und mieteten uns trotz allem zwei Fahrräder. Und tatsächlich hatten wir Glück. Nach der ersten halben Stunde Nieselregen hatte der Wettergott Einsicht mit uns und es hörte auf. Später am Tag schaffte es sogar die Sonne durch und es wurde doch noch ein richtig schöner Tag. Wenn zwei Engel reisen...
    Aber nun zurück zu unserer Tour. Sie führte und einmal um den kompletten See herum. Die 33 Kilometer bewältigten wir dabei teils auf der Straße, teils auf eigens gebauten Fahrradwegen auf Stelzen direkt am See entlang. Um alle Sehenswürdigkeiten zu erreichen, mussten wir auch einige Höhenmeter nach oben strampeln. Dafür wurden wir dort stets mit einer tollen Aussicht belohnt. Unser erster Halt war der Wen Wu Tempel, der durch seine riesige mehrstöckige Anlage beeindruckte. Danach ging es weiter zu einer Plattform am See, die leider wieder einige Höhenmeter zu Fuß unterhalb der Straße lag. Nach einem weiteren Tempelstopp, ging es zum nächstgelegenen Punkt unserer Tour. Auf 950m Höhe stand eine prächtige Pagode. Nach weiteren 50m standen wir auf deren Spitze und hatten eine wunderschöne Aussicht über den kompletten See sowie die gegenüberliegende Berglandschaft.
    Auf dem weiteren Weg konnten wir die Auswirkungen des kürzlich durchgezogenenTaifuns deutlich sehen: heruntergefallene Äste und laubverdeckte Wege machten die Fahrt zwischenzeitlich zu einer Schlitterpartie. Die letzten 8 Kilometer ging es jedoch entspannt direkt am Seeufer entlang, zurück zu unserem Ausgangspunkt. Waren wir die ganze Zeit so ziemlich die einzigen Radfahrer auf dieser Strecke, trafen wir auf dem letzten Stück viele Taiwanesen auf ihren E-Bikes. Weil wir aber immer noch nicht müde waren und Sarah motiviert war, sind wir nochmal die 5km hoch zum ersten Tempel gefahren. Eigentlicher Grund hierfür war jedoch ein Wunschbringer, auf den es Sarah abgesehen hatte. Den Rückweg schafften wir in der Hälfte der Zeit und erreichten gerade noch rechtzeitig den Bus zurück nach Taichung.
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  • Day8

    An early start... Or not

    October 2, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    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, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    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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  • Day13

    Sun Moon Lake

    October 26, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Un lac blotti dans la montagne et il n'en faut pas plus pour en faire la première destination touristique de Taïwan. Le coin est agréable mais nous ne nous y attardons pas du fait de l'arrivée du weekend et de sa fréquentation en hausse.Read more

  • Day9

    Coincidence

    October 7, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    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.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Yuchi Township, Yuchi, 魚池鄉

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