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Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan as well as a popular tourist attraction. Situated in Yuchih, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan.

It consists of the irregular rhombus-shaped Sun Lake, and the crescent-shaped Moon Lake to the west. According to legend the Thao people came across Sun Moon Lake while they were hunting a white buck. On discovering the lake, the tribe decided to move there for its beauty.

Sun Moon Lake is located 748 meters above sea level. It is 27 meters deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93 km.

The Eastern part of the lake is round like the sun, while the Western part is shaped like a crescent moon - hence the name "Sun Moon Lake".

The beauty of Sun Moon Lake is found in the surrounding mountains.From the lake, tier upon tier of countless peaks can be seen rising up into the sky.

Highlight:
Wenwu Temple  - The biggest temple is on the Northern bank of the lake.
Ita Thao - The village of the Thao Aborigines, and also called Dehua village
Lalu Island - In the middle of the lake. The originally name was Guanghua Island. In 1999, the government respects for the Thao Aborigines, who lived in Dehua village, so changed the islandís name to Lalu.

Ci-en Pagoda- The Chinese style pagoda is 46 meters tall. It was built by the Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother. It was completed in 1971 and sits on the hill southeast of the lake.


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