Taiwan Trip 1 : Sun Moon Lake part 1

Xuanguang Temple

After THSR train brought us to Taichung Station. It’s time for us to continue going to Sun Moon Lake.

Nan Tou Bus Counter at THSR Taichung Station

To travel from Taichung Station to Sun Moon Lake. We used Nan Tou Bus service at exit 5 on the station ground floor.

Sun Moon Lake Pass 2016

Nan Tou Bus sells a Sun Moon Lake Pass which includes bus, boat, ropeway and other service vouchers at a discounted price. The 720 NT pass I bought in 2016 included:

  • Taichung –  Sun Moon Lake Bus ticket
  • Taichung – Puli Bus and Puli – Sun Moon Lake Bus tickets (Using these tickets together is the same as above ticket. This is for people who want to stop by at Puli city.)
  • Sun Moon Lake Shuttle Boat voucher
  • Sun Moon Lake Ropeway round-trip voucher
  • Round-the-Lake Bus one day pass voucher
  • Shuishe – Xiangshan Bus one-way voucher

There were the pass which included Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village voucher and bike rental voucher too. You can check more detail in Nan Tou Bus’s website.

Bus to Sun Moon Lake

We went outside to wait for the bus at the bus stop. A staff will take Taichung – Sun Moon Lake ticket if you tell him you are going to Sun Moon Lake.

Bus to Sun Moon Lake

The bus is air conditioned. Its seats is quite comfortable and has the center TV showing Sun Moon Lake videos.

Puli Bus Stop

The bus arrived at Puli bus stop an hour later. Don’t get off at this bus stop if you are going to the lake.

Shueishe Visitor Center

Just another an hour from Puli. The bus arrived to Sun Moon Lake area and stopped at Shueishe Visitor Center. This is where the service and stores like information center, drug store, fast food restaurants, coin lockers, etc. are there.

Sun Moon Lake Shutter Boat Ticket

While we’re finding where the pier is. We met the staff who exchanged the voucher in the pass with the boat ticket. He also told us the way to the pier.

Shueishe Pier

I hadn’t seen any lakes other than the word “Sun Moon Lake” until a moment I waked to Shueishe Pier. I could finally see the wide lake in front of me.

Sun Moon Lake Shutter Boat

There were many yachts at the pier. However a shutter boat we used is the one in an above photo.

Xuanguang Temple

The boat brought us to the first destination Xuanguang Temple that is on the mountain. You can clearly see it from the boat.

When the boat stopped at the temple pier. Boat staff will give a stamp on your wrist and tell us to meet at the same pier to go to a next destination.

Xuanguang Temple

Don’t forget to try out a famous herb boiled egg at the entry of the temple.

Xuanguang Temple

It wasn’t hard to go to the temple above. It took only a little time.

Xuanguang Temple

A temple building was closed at that time. They prepared the tent for those who want to pay a respect.

Xuanguang Temple

One thing you shouldn’t miss is taking photos with a stone sign of Sun Moon Lake in Chinese. The other side of stone is craved to picture of monk. I think he is Xuanzang who this temple devoted to.

Xuanguang Temple

You may not see people in above photo. But a lot of people were waiting for take photos with the stone sign. So the temple had to put queue barriers for it.

Qinglong Mountain Trail

We walked past Xuanguang Temple and found the start point of Qinglong Mountain Trail which leads to Xuanzang Temple above. We didn’t go there since it will take a long time to finish the trail.

My Sun Moon Lake post haven’t over yet. Please look forward to the next post.

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