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Sun Moon Lake
Located in central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is one of the only natural lakes in the country. It’s also the largest and arguably the most beautiful. Lalu Island divides the lake in two, with one part resembling a moon and the other a sun, hence its name. Natural beauty aside, the lake has an aboriginal history dating back thousands of years.

The Basics
Sun Moon Lake offers myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, making it a popular day trip from Taipei. A biking and hiking trail encircles the lake, while boat tours affords views of the many temples, pagodas, and aboriginal villages on its shores. The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway, the longest and highest aerial tramway in Taiwan, gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the area while transporting them across the lake. 

To get a taste of the area’s ancient aboriginal culture, catch a performance at the Naruwan Theater or Culture Square. Multi-day tours around Taiwan often stop at the lake, as well as Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, and Puli.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure travelers, and day-trippers.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the bright sun out on the water.
  • It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain jacket, particularly during the rainy season (May to September) in summer. 
  • Sun Moon Lake day trips from Taipei generally last upwards of nine hours. Multi-day tours range from two to five days.
  • Most guided tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Taipei.

How to Get There
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Sun Moon Lake is on a guided tour from Taipei. The nearest major train station to Sun Moon Lake is Taichung Station. To get to the lake independently, you’ll need to take a bus or taxi from Taipei, Taichung, Alishan, or Puli.

When to Get There
As one of the most popular day trips from Taipei, Sun Moon Lake gets very busy on weekends and national holidays. For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit on a weekday between September and April.

Attractions on Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the site of several notable attractions, many of them included on boat tours. Wenwu Temple, one of the largest temples in the area, sits on the northern bank of the lake and provides an excellent example of Chinese palace architecture. The 151-foot-tall (46-meter-tall) Chinese-style Ci-en Pagoda, build by Chiang Kai-shek, sits atop a hill just southwest of the lake. Those interested in aboriginal culture should visit Ita Thao to learn more about the Thao culture.
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Sun Moon Lake 1-Day Leisure Tour from Taipei

The magnificent Sun Moon Lake lies at the heart of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, a scenic three-hour drive from Taipei. On this tour, take in all the highlights of the natural wonder as you visit Xiangshan Visitor Center, hike around the lakeside, and enjoy a boat cruise around Lalu Island.
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  • 12 hours
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Sun Moon Lake One Day Express Tour

Escape the fast pace of life in central Taipei with a visit to the crystal blue water and lush green forest at Sun Moon Lake, a favorite spot for travelers and locals alike. Sun Moon Lake is blessed with more than just natural beauty, however, so this full-day trip to the area also offers a glimpse into Taiwanese culture with visits to temples, pagodas and other monuments. Explore the jewel of Taiwan without making a big dent in your schedule with this one-day tour of the lake area.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

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1 day tour Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake offers one of the most beautiful sceneries in Taiwan. In the morning meet with your guide/driver and visit Sun Moon Lake all day. You can choose to do optional activities. This tour is private can be customized to your liking.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Multi-day Tours

5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

Visit the numerous temples, shrines, hot springs and national parks of Taiwan on this 5-day tour around the entire island. Leave bustling Taipei behind for the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park and the East Coast National Scenic Area. Your guide provides insightful commentary on sites such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. You’ll travel by comfortable coach and stay in 5-star hotels with daily breakfasts and all entrance fees included.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Multi-day Tours

5 Star-6 Days Taiwan Bus Tour (Sun moon lake, Alishan, Kenting, Taitung, Taroko)

Venture out of the bustling city of Taipei to explore central, southern, and eastern Taiwan on this 6-day tour. Admire the country’s natural beauty as you visit a number of national parks, lakes, and coastal areas. Learn about ancient Buddhist culture at a number of temples including the famous Fo Guang Shan and sample delicious Taiwanese food with included daily breakfasts and other delicious stops.
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  • 6 days
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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7-DAY GORGEOUS FORMOSA SIC TOUR (Comfort - B)

Over the course of the 7-day trip around the island, you will visit the most featured places in Taiwan. The capital Taipei, Spectacular Taroko Gorge, high Mt. Hehuan, beautiful Sun Moon Lake, culturally and historically rich Changhua and Tainan, and the stunning Buddhist Monastery Foguanshan will impress you on Taiwan. Join this trip, and take your time to explore this island! • Drive from Taipei to Taroko Gorge via the world’s fifth longest highway tunnel (12.9km) and the breathtaking east coast cliff highway • Trekking in Taroko National Park and stay overnight in the Park.   • Drive to Sun Moon Lake via the picturesque Central Cross-Island Highway and Wulien on Mt. Hehuan, the highest spot (3275m above sea level) of highway on Taiwan and best place to view the Central Mountain Range • Visit Tainan, historical capital city founded in the 16th century • Visit one of the four biggest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan
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  • 7 days
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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

Discover the beauty of Taiwan’s countryside on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary aboard your coach, and disembark to explore the picturesque region on foot with your guide. Drive around Sun Moon Lake, walk through the well-preserved Alishan National Scenic Area, and visit the town of Puli. Includes two nights’ accommodation near Sun Moon Lake and Chiayi with breakfast, plus round-trip transport.
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  • 3 days
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Cultural Tours

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9 days Taiwan Excursion-4 Star (2 people minimum)

You will be met at the airport by our driver to begin your journey.With our expert tour guides, you will have the best possible experience as you tour this beautiful island, rich in both culture and tradition. We will take you to the beaten track and into the lives of the people of Taiwan in this 9 days tour.
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  • 9 days
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Multi-day Tours

3 Days Sun Moon Lake and Alishan National Scenic Area Tour

Explore some of Taiwan’s most beautiful natural scenery, and leave the bustle of the city far behind, on this seamless, 3-day tour. Set off from Taipei via comfortable bus, and venture first to Sun Moon Lake (Taiwan’s largest body of water), which you’ll explore by boat. On the second day, head to the Lukang Historic Area to learn more about Taiwan’s wealth of history. Finally, visit Alishan National Scenic Area, famed for its verdant forests and mist-shrouded hills, and explore further with a ride on the Alishan Forest Railway.
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  • 3 days
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Multi-day Tours

5 Days Taiwan Island Excursion Sun Moon Lake Koahsiung Kenting and Hualien

Take the hassle out of planning your Taiwan trip: spend five days exploring many remarkable highlights. Witness mesmerizing views and dramatic cliffs at Taroko National Park “Marble Gorge” and visit tranquil Sun Mook Lake. Wander down the old streets of Lukang alongside picturesque traditional buildings, explore Kenting National Park and enjoy a Kaohsiung city tour. Visit temples, shrines and iconic monuments on this family-friendly tour. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into history, culture, beautiful natural scenery or exciting city breaks.
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  • 5 days
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Multi-day Tours

6-Day Taiwanese Island Excursion (Sun Moon Lake and Southeastern Taiwan)

Visit numerous bustling cities, see magnificent national parks and scenic areas, venture to historical settlements, and more: this seamless, 6-day tour whisks you to many of Taiwan’s most characterful corners. Travel to lively cities like Taichung, Kaohsiung, and Hualien; see the Taroko Gorge National Park, Sun Moon Lake, and East Coast National Scenic Area; step back in time during a trip to the Lukang Historic Area; and much more. Round-trip bus and train transit, comfortable hotel stays, select meals, and guided excursions are all included.
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  • 6 days
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Cultural Tours

2 Days Puli Town, Sun Moon Lake & Lukang Historic Area Tour

Discover the natural highlights of Taiwan at a more relaxed pace than you would on a day trip during a 2-day tour of Puli, Sun Moon Lake, and Lukang from Taipei. Ideal for first-time visitors, this experience lets you skip the hassle of advance planning and visits attractions relatively close to Taipei to save on transit time.
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  • 2 days
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Sun Moon Lake Day Trip with Cruise and Bullet Train from Taipei

Travel in style through Taiwan and discover top attractions with ease on this private Sun Moon Lake day trip from Taipei. Hop aboard your high-speed bullet train and zoom to Sun Moon Lake with your private guide. Enjoy a private 1.5-hour motorboat cruise on the lake and watch the waters for native birdlife. Visit local landmarks including Hsuan-Kuang Temple and the Ida Thao Village, and learn about the native Thao people. After a traditional lunch, explore the beautiful Tse-En Pagoda and Wenwu Temple by the lakeside.
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  • 10 hours
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake

Discover the scenic highlights and hidden wonders of central and southern Taiwan on this 4-day tour from Taipei. Explore the region by comfortable coach with insightful commentary on board, and step off for guided walking tours along the way. Visit the town of Puli, Sun Moon Lake, Kenting National Park, Kaohsiung and the historic town of Lukang, including impressive temples, pagodas, and pavilions. Includes three nights’ accommodation with daily breakfasts, plus round-trip transport.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

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2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei

Explore the shrines, temples, and pagodas of picturesque Sun Moon Lake on this 2-day coach tour from Taipei. Stop at several temples on a walking tour of Lukang township. Listen to your guide’s interesting stories about this must-see Taiwan destination as you discover its various attractions. Overnight accommodation near Sun Moon Lake with breakfast plus round-trip transport included.
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  • 2 days
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4 Days Taiwan Island Tour (Sun Moon Lake , Lukang ,Koahsiung & Kenting )

To visit famous tourist spots in Taiwan, such as natural landscapes, Taiwanese traditional Monuments, temples, ocean and Sun Moon Lake in this 4 Days Taiwan Excursion.  You will leaving from Taipei City by comfortable coach, and enjoy boat sightseeing at Sun Moon Lake (Wen Wu Temple~Ita Thao~ Holy Monk Shrime). You will visit Lukang Historic Area on the 2nd day, then take the train or bus  to Kaohsiung  City. When you arrive at Kaohsiung Station, our local tour will pick you up  to the hotel.  On the 3rd day, you will bound for Kenting National Park for the whole day.    On the 4th day, after visiting Kaohsiung City (Former British Consulate, Sizih Bay, and Spring & Autumn Pavilions), you will then return to Taipei by train.
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  • 4 days
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Private Sightseeing Tours

5 Days Taiwan Island Private Tour

Unless you speak Chinese, planning your Taiwan vacation can feel like an overwhelming task. Save yourself hours of advance planning by opting for a 5-day tour that takes care of accommodation, transfers, and activities. As well as receiving the undivided attention of a private guide, you’ll travel between popular Taiwan attractions without having to navigate, and discover parts of the country that you may have missed on your own.
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  • 5 days
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Cultural Tours

Private Taichung Day Tour

See Taichung without fear of missing any of the local's favorite spots on this fully customizable private tour. With local Chinese and English-Speaking guides available and an itinerary that can be tailored to your preferences and needs, this professional and licensed taxi tour is suitable for the whole family, from kids to grandparents and anyone with special access needs.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

1-Day Sun Moon Lake Private Tour in Taiwan

Get out of the city and head into the heart of Taiwan for a day trip to the picturesque Sun Moon Lake. Nestled in the foot of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, explore the lake at your own pace and without the stress and noise of a tour group – on this private tour, you’ll only be accompanied by your private guide. Take a lazy cruise across the lake and visit some of the region’s historic highlights, including Cien Pagoda and Wenwu Temple.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Multi-day Tours

8 Days Taiwan 5 Stars Hotel Excursion

You will be picked up from Taoyuan International Airport. Then, you will start the 6 days Taiwan-island excursion tour on Sunday. You will visit famous tourist attractions, such as Sun Moon lake, Alishan, Kenting, Kaohsiung, Taitung and Taroko Gorge.  After finishing the tour, we will take you back to your hotel in Taipei City and to Taoyuan International Airport.  
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  • 8 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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AWE 7 Days Alishan Sun Moon Lake Taroko Taipei Package (1 APR 2019 -31 MAR 2020)

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. Taiwan is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.
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  • 7 days
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Cultural Tours

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Two-day Sun Moon Lake & Alishan Forest Park Tour Package

Visit Taiwan’s most famous and interesting places, Sun Moon Lake and Alishan forest park in two days.Itinerary is provided as following.Day 1 Pickup at Taipei city hotel Driving along Freeway #3 to Nantou city.Sun Moon Lake National Scenic AreaFeeling 18 Degree Chocolate FactoryPuli Winery Stay at Sun Moon Lake hotelDay 2 Two historic suspension bridges, Tianchang and DijiuAlishan National Scenic Area Driving along Freeway #3 back to Nantou city. Stay at Taipei city hotel
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  • 2 days
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Taiwan's Triple Jewels 7-day Tour

Discover Taiwan’s diverse, storied and breathtaking geography on this 5-day exploration of three of East Asia's most beloved scenic areas. We'll start on the amazing east coast, where towering cliffs meet the Pacific ocean before heading into geologically stunning Taroko National Park for a day of hiking and temple hopping. We'll head across the high peaks of central Taiwan to Sun Moon Lake, whose crystal blue waters have inspired poets for centuries. Afterward, we'll visit Taiwan's beloved Alishan mountain park, prized for its distinctive Oolong tea, amazing sunsets, and lush forests.Along the way, we'll stay in great 3 and 4-star hotels, delight in local delicacies ranging from full tribal meals to delicate Chinese snacks, sample some of the world's finest teas, and have an awesome, once in a lifetime adventure.
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  • 7 days
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Multi-day Tours

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5-DAY FASCINATING FORMOSA SIC TOUR (Comfort - B)

Spend 5 days to have a great trip to visit the eastern, central, and southern Taiwan. Experience the spectacular Taorko Gorge, high Mt. Hehuan, beautiful Sun Moon Lake, classic temples, the former capital Tainan, and the largest Buddhist Monastery Foguanshan in Kaohsiung. The culture, history, custom, and natures will deeply impress you on Taiwan, the Formosa! • Drive from Taipei to Taroko Gorge via the world’s fifth longest highway tunnel (12.9km) and the breathtaking east coast cliff highway • Drive to Sun Moon Lake via the picturesque Central Cross-Island Highway and Wulin on Mt. Hehuan, the highest spot (3275m above sea level) of highway on Taiwan and best place to view the Central Mountain Ranges • Immerse in the blended atmosphere of traditional Chinese and modern Taiwanese culture of Tainan, historical capital city founded in the 16th century • Foguanshan, one of the four biggest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan
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  • 5 days
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