|The view was taken from Meihe Garden looking at Cien Pagoda|
and Xuanzang Temple
Our first stop was Shueishe village which was the main location for all the public transportation and also the most popular place for tourists. Hotels, b&bs, and business were concentrated in this area. Also most residents here were Han people. We parked our vehicles at the free public parking lot and got ready to visit the most expensive hotels in Taiwan.
|We walked on the trail by Church of Christ to the most expensive |
|This front view of Church of Christ which |
was built by Chiang Kaishek and his wife.
The resort was built on the site of Chiang Kaishek old house which was destroyed by the 921 earthquake. The cost of constructing this hotel was NT$ 2 billions (almost US$170 millions.) At first, when the hotel was open, its cheapest room rate was US$1,000 per night. Now, the price was dropped less than US$ 700 per night on its website. It has only 92 rooms.
|This walkway led us to the backyard of the hotel.|
Visitors who were not hotel guests were welcome
to take a walk.
|The view looking at Wenwu Temple was taken from behind the hotel.|
|We walked inside the hotel lobby. Our first sight|
was this big glass art work. It is called 9 dragons
fighting for a pearl, a symbol of good luck and
power. It is the world largest glass work which
broke the Guinness World Records.
|The resort also built this sky deck on the 11 floor.|
I was lucky to visit this site for free when taking
my tour guide training class. The admission fee is
NT$ 400 per person.
|The sky deck is 600 meters tall. People walking on the walkway|
suddenly became very small.
After visiting the resort, we moved to the next resort the Lalu which was built early than the Wen Wan resort. It was also built on the old Chiang Kaishek house. It was the second expensive resort in Sun Moon Lake area. The price for two people was around US$600 per night.
|This view was taking from the Lalu's Mirror Pool. The pool and the|
lake integrated together a new look which has attracted many
visitors' eyes and gave visitors a peaceful mind.
|When it first opened, some people walked into|
the pool because they didn't realize it was a pool.
Anyway, I personally like its tranquility.
|This was a public museum dedicated to Chiang Kaishek which was next |
to the Lalu.
|Most pictures were about Chiang Kaishek and his wife |
presence at Sun Moon Lake.
|It was lunch time. There was an Italian restaurant called "February"|
between Church of Christ and the parking lot. It was the only one
western style restaurant (not considering restaurants in the resorts)
in this village and the aboriginal village.
|These were our meals.|
|This travel book specialized in Nantou County area introduced the |
restaurant chef who was also the owner. Our friends insisted on my
husband taking a picture with her with the book. So....
|We took a walk along the cluster of business along the street. There were a lot|
of Chinese tourists arriving at the Shuishe wharf to take a boat
ride. It was one of the top spots that Chinese tourists must visit
which drives hotel rooms' prices up.
|Bus schedule information was posted at the Shueishe|
Tourist Service Center. Visitors could rent a Giant
bicycle on the ground floor of the center.
|Sun Moon Lake Map was next to the bus schedule.|
| This view was taking from our B&B Although it was not|
a high end resort, its view was fantastic. We could see the Wen
Wan Resort across the lake with less money to enjoy the beautiful
|This was the aboriginal traditional fishing method. They used |
lights at night to attract the fish and then they would raise their
net to catch the fish.
|This was the aboriginal scarce place, called the Lalu islet. It was|
damaged by the 921 earthquake. After the earthquake,
the islet did not allowed people except Thao tribe to walk on it.
|Our destination was to stop at the Syuanguang Temple for 20 |
minutes then back to the aboriginal village.
|This was the famous egg. The old lady could make NT$ 20,000-|
40,000 per day just by selling eggs. Her one day earning could
pay for her entire year of rent and tax.
|There were two regular commuter boat routes from Shueishe wharf |
and Ita Thao (aboriginal village) to Syuanguang Temple. The round
trip ticket from aboriginal village is NT$300 per person.
|The sun broke through the cloud and shined on the lake. We|
hoped it won't rain the next day and kept our fingers cross.
|These were our super for four people.It was more than enough|
for 4 of us.
|While they were collecting the stamps, I was enjoying taking|
night photos without a tripod. This was the first time I wondered
around this area. It was beautiful and really tranquil night.
|This was taken on the Hanbi trail below the Lalu. It used to |
be Chiang Kaishek private pier. Now it belongs to the Lalu.
|The night shoot view of Shueishe wharf|
|After we collected 4 stamps, we went back to our friend's room |
and had a bottle of good plum wine. Our friend kept studying
where would be the final trail for collecting the final stamp the
I made this video clip with the natural sounds which I recorded when we went out for the firefly watching at night. I hope you will enjoy it.
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area: http://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/EN/03000624.aspx
B&B in Chinese: http://moonmyweb.nantou.com.tw/?ptype=info