Wondering what are the best things to do at the Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan? In this instalment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we bring you the top things to do at the Sun Moon Lake.

What to Do at Sun Moon Lake

The Sun Moon Lake is totally do-able as a self-arranged day trip from Taichung or even Taipei. For those looking to DIY your day trip to the Sun Moon Lake, here is a list of the best things to do there.

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1. Cycling Around Sun Moon Lake

Enjoy a mountain bike ride on a trail along this beautiful lake. This trail is touted as one of the ten most breath-taking cycling routes by CNN. In addition, it is also voted as one of the ten classic cycling routes in Taiwan.  Before you go, check out the length and estimated cycling time of the trails here.

Bicycle Trail Around Sun Moon Lake
Photo Source: https://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw

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2. Cruise the Sun Moon Lake

While there are buses available around the Sun Moon Lake, there’s nothing more romantic than to enjoy a leisurely scenic cruise across the lake. With the mountains as its backdrop and clear turquoise waters, it is a cruise not to be missed. You’ll even catch sight of attractions around the lake, such as the Wenwu Temple nestled in the mountains.

Wenwu Temple
The Wenwu Temple as seen on the lake cruise on a foggy day

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Shave time off from queuing for ferry tickets.   Pre-book your discounted Sun Moon Lake cruise passes from KKDay and avoid the crowds.

3. Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

The Ropeway may take only 7 minutes to reach its destination. However, the views from the cable cars of the Ropeway are priceless and truly astounding. It is also one of the fastest and most convenient way to have an aerial view of the lake. Choose to take the crystal cabins with glass flooring for a thrill ride up the mountain.

view of Sun View of Moon Lake from the Ropeway
The view of Sun Moon Lake from the Ropeway

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For those who prefer the convenience of an organized day tour, the best one you can get is from KKDay. This day tour to the Sun Moon Lake includes tickets for bicycle rental, Sun Moon Lake cruise and the Ropeway, as well as time on your own at the Ita Thao Shopping Street.

4. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (九族文化村)

The one and only destination of the Ropeway is the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (九族文化村).

Think of the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village as a one-stop center to enjoy everything cultural. This is Taiwan’s largest outdoor museum and displays the tradition homes and architecture of Taiwan’s nine principal aborigine tribe, including the Thao tribe native to the Sun Moon Lake.

Here, you can enjoy authentic cultural performances. You also get to choose from an array of restaurants offering international cuisines. Or, you can opt to have an authentic aboriginal lunch. The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village also doubles up as a theme park with thrill rides linked by a cable car ride.

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is best enjoyed if you have an entire day to spare and is perfect for those staying overnight at the Sun Moon Lake

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5. Ita Thao Shopping Street

Want to indulge in local food? Ita Thao Shopping Street is the best place to indulge in gastronomic delights. Located within walking distance from Ita Thao Pier, this shopping street has so many local food that you cannot find in other parts of Taiwan. Invest at least an hour or two to do this street some justice.

Ita Thao Shopping Street at Sun Moon Lake
The Ita Thao Shopping Street is where the best food and shopping is

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6. Wenwu Temple (文武庙)

Wenwu Temple is nestled in the middle of the mountains on the north of the Sun Moon Lake. You can see the Wenwu Temple from the lake cruise. The deities worshiped at the Wenwu Temple are mainly Confucius and Guan Gong, the God of War. You can also purchase wind chimes and hang them at the temple to ask for blessings.

Public buses can bring you to the Wenwu Temple. However, the only challenge is locating the correct bus stop.

Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake
Photo Source: https://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/

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To save time and money, you may want to consider a three-day tour of Taiwan’s top attractions: Alishan, Sun Moon Lake, and Cingjing Farm. Wander through ancient forests and and pastoral landscapes. Enjoy stunning views of the country’s largest body of water. Click here for more information.

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