«Ilha Formosa» – Sun and Moon Lake
After we stuffed ourselves with delicious food in Taipeh («Ilha Formosa» – A Foodie Report part I + part II), we made our way to the heart of the «Ilha Formosa», a part of the island packed with tradition and nature.
Taiwan’s largest lake, Sun Moon Lake is located between the mountains of Nantou at the geographical centre of Taiwan island. The name of the lake is inspired by the beauty of the area. The east side of the lake is round, like the sun, while the west side is long and narrow, like a crescent moon.
Every year during the Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节), a three
In order to capture the most beautiful moment of this piece of gem, we asked at our hostel when to get up and go to the lake for the sunrise. The owner told us the best moment would be between 0500 – 0545 am.
The landscape is fantastic and picturesque. Breathing in the fresh morning air was the best thing to boost our tired spirit and make us looking forward to the day.
The region around the lake lives off agriculture and tourism. There are many natural forests here that can almost be considered as national parks. The local people
On these «Royal Ferries», you can take a relaxing trip on the water and hop off at any port you want around the lake. There are many different local attractions worth paying a visit – such as
If you spend some time trekking around the area, you will discover many beautiful temples scattered throughout this region. The Sun and Moon Lake region has remained true to its tradition and the modernization only took part in small things in the local’s daily life.
If anyone of you considers me done narrating, then you are wrong! I haven’t mentioned the food yet! In Taichung (the region where the lake is located), the cuisine is very simple and traditional. You won’t find any fancy fusion kitchen or western restaurants here, but instead very decent Chinese food.
The dishes were delicious and they were made with dedication and care, which is something you won’t necessarily find in big cities. In small villages like Yuchi, the food they serve is also the food they would eat at home: so it was amazing.
Taiwan has left a deep impression on me: the culture, the religion, the people, the food and their love for nature. Throughout the entire trip, I felt peace and was able to simply enjoy everything this beautiful island offered me. Next, I will be heading to Japan, so stay tuned and see you next time!