More special adventures around the Sun Moon Lake & Checheng
are waiting for you to experience.

Sun Moon Lake Route

  • Bicycle exercise

    Recommended sites:Xiangshan Bike Trail

    A single trip of the Xiangshan Bike Trail is about 3.4 km and starts from Shuishe of Sun Moon Lake and ends at the Xiangshan Visitor Center. At about 0.4 km (Beidan Bay), the bike trail is built over the lake surface. Riding on the trail feels like gliding above the water. It is one of the best places for group photos by the stunning scenery of Sun Moon Lake. Xiangshan Bike Trail passes through the Shuishe Dam, Yongjie and Tongxin Bridges, Wedding Plaza, and towards the Xiangshan Visitor Center. Riding on this route allows the biker to experience four out of the “New 8 scenes of Sun Moon Lake”. It surely satisfies the visitors who love taking and sharing photos.

  • Black Tea Experience Activities

    Recommended location:Antique Assam Tea Farm,Maolan Hiking Trail

    Sun Moon Lake is a major origin of the Taiwan Assam tea. The tea was first introduced from the Assam state in India during the Japanese era. The Assam tea was first tested at the Yuchi Township in Nantou. It was found highly suitable for cultivation and later became widely planted as the specialty tea at Sun Moon Lake. Today, Yuchi Township is still a major origin for Taiwan black tea. Black tea cultivated there is bright red with a rich taste. The Tai 18 tea, especially, is highly appreciated by people both Taiwan and overseas.

  • Aboriginal Culture

    Recommended sites :Ita Thao, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

    Sun Moon Lake is the largest mountaineous lake in Taiwan. The neighboring river, Zhuoshui River - is also the longest river in Taiwan. The special geological environment nurtured aborigines such as the Thao and Bunun tribes. The Thao are famous for their Chu music, while the Bunun Pasibutbut have become widely known inside and outside Taiwan. The two aboriginal tribes in Sun Moon Lake have brought great unique cultures to the place. Taiwan also has many aboriginal tribes living in different environments. For this reason, many unique cultures are being developed, and they can be found at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

  • Cultural and ecological tour

    Recommended sites :Taomikeng(Paper Dome)

    Taomi Eco-Village is located in Puli Township of Nantou. Multiple streams run through the area, which has various landscapes including farmland, river valleys, wetlands, and wildlife ponds. These ecosystems are ideal habitats for frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, fireflies, and other wildlife. Recently, the Community Development Association and residents contribute to promoting nature conservation, village cultural experience, and eco-tourism. With guided explanations, visitors are encouraged to contact, understand, and appreciate natural resources. The goal is to create sustainable tourism for the mountain village of Taomi.

  • Religious Blessing

    Recommended sites :Wenwu Temple,Longfeng Temple

    There are many religious and cultural sites around Sun Moon Lake. These include the Church of Christ, Longfeng Temple, Wen Wu Temple, Xuanzang Temple, and Xuanguang Temple, etc. The most popular temple among young groups is the Longfeng Temple devoted to Yue Lao. People pray for a good fate of love from Yue Lao. Wenwu Temple is a traditional structure style of The Northern Dynasties of China. The temple takes a position that faces the lake with the mountain behind. The magnificent grandeur of the architecture displays an overwhelming dignity. The observation platform at the rear of the temple can view the Sun Moon Lake from afar. Visitors pray for good fortune in wealth, study, and marriage.

  • Water Recreation Activities

    Recommended sites :Shuishe,Ita Thao

    Sun Moon Lake is one of the most authentic freshwater lake in Taiwan. The unique combination of misty mountains and water displays impressive scenic views on the lake in different seasons at a different time of the day. At Sun Moon Lake, visitors can not only enjoy the lake view by bike or boat, but more options such as Stand Up Paddling (SUP), canoeing, electric boat driving, and other aquatic experiences are now available. Visitors have more opportunities to contact the water directly and enjoy the unique scenery of Sun Moon Lake while playing leisure sports.

Checheng Route

  • Environmental education

    Recommended sites :Toushe Living Basin & Toushe Reservoir

    Toushe Living Basin is a result of thousands of years of growth of waterweeds and silt, where organic matters in the swamp are difficult to decompose, thereby accumulating and forming peat. Walking on the peat is a wobbly experience, hence the name mambo field. Visiting Toushe to feel the rhythm of the living basin is an unforgettable experience. Despite the fertile soil of the Toushe Basin, the lack of comprehensive irrigation system means that the residents of Toushe are unable to enjoy steady, sufficient water supply. Since the Toushe region has not yet been exposed to destructive development, its abundant ecological resources have been preserved. The ideal time to view fireflies in Toushe is during April and May every year.

  • Railroad tourism

    Recommended sites : Railway Sightseeing School & Jiji Train Line

    In order to repurpose the abandoned campus after Checheng Elementary School (established in 1957) was relocated, the transfer process was completed between June 2017 and September 2018. Inspired by the theme of Railway Sightseeing School, the entire school campus was reconstructed and reopened on September 18, 2019. As the longest railway branch of TRA, Jiji Railway was originally built to support the construction of the hydroelectric power plant, and it is the only railway system still in operation in Nantou County today.

  • Forestry culture

    Recommended sites : Checheng Station & Wood Industry Exhibition Hall & Timber Storage Pond

    Constructed during the Japanese occupation period, Checheng Station is the terminal station of the Jiji Railway and the longest railway branch of TRA. Board the train from Ershui Station, and you will be greeted by open, azure skies and verdant forests after exiting the pitch-black environment of the 5th tunnel, as if entering a paradise, hence the alternative name of secret garden. In 1958, Chen Chang Corporation, a forestry company, secured lumbering rights to the Danda Forest in Nantou, so it purchased a plot of land in Checheng to build a factory by taking advantage of the region's transport convenience. During its heyday, the company attracted over 2,000 workers to restore the former glory of Checheng, earning Checheng and Shuili the laudatory name of Little Taipei. The Wood-Storing Pool was used to store timber in the past. When Checheng's forestry industry was booming in the 1960s and 1970s, cranes were used to soak the timber in the pool to release its resin and extend its lifespan. Now the maple trees, camphor trees, bald cypress, and Hong Kong orchid tree create a Japanese-like environment!