It’s Monday morning, and as with most people, a lazy one. Which is why I’m going to do the right thing by posting more pictures and less words in this post. 🙂 While we were in Taiwan, we did the adventurous thing of taking public transport and traveling all the way to Sun Moon Lake for an overnight stay there. We were told that it is one of the places that we should not miss visiting because of its gorgeous views and the peaceful surroundings. So, packed with our heavy bags, we took the MRT to Taipei Main Station and walked to Taipei West Bus Station Terminal B to take the Guo Guang Bus to Sun Moon Lake.
Sun Moon Lake
Tickets to Sun Moon Lake (Re Yue Tan) NTD410 each
Waiting for 10am bus
Mind you, the bus ride was not short. It must have been 3 hours at least from Taipei, but as soon as we saw the first signs of water, our tired eyes lit up. Thankfully the bus itself was comfortable and spacious, so it wasn’t that bad a ride. We alighted at the Sun Moon Lake Shueishe Visitor Centre, which doubles as the bus stop as well. Plenty of tour buses could be see around this area, bringing tourists from all over Taiwan. We saw this poster of Sun Moon Lake pass which appeared to be a good deal but we decided not to purchase until after we’ve checked into our chalet. That was actually a good decision because the owner of our chalet had access to cheap tickets, so we actually fared better purchasing from them than from the information centre.
Sun Moon Lake pass
Shueishe Visitor Centre
Map of Sun Moon Lake
First things first – we were famished after the long bus ride! We hunted for food and saw a restaurant right opposite the visitor centre and headed there. It had a pictorial menu, which was perfect for people like us who can’t read Chinese. A finger point here and there and we’re done with ordering.
We had a plate of dumplings (sui kow) which were steamed to order. They very huge and delicious, so much so that we returned the next day to eat the same thing before we left! We also had a plate of Fried Chicken Thigh rice served with some side dishes and a bowl of rice with minced meat. Portion was huge and such a good value at only NTD65.
Chicken Chop rice set (NTD65)
Rice with minced meat gravy
Noodles with dumplings
Once we fed our tummy, we checked into our chalet (more on that in the next post) and dropped our luggage before heading out. With our tickets, we took the boat to Ita Thao, which was the first stop of the boat route. Since it was getting late, we didn’t make it up to the pagoda, but only halfway of the hill. The view from there was amazing. We finally had an idea of how humongous the lake actually was!
Sun Moon Lake harbour
Sun Moon Lake Shui She Harbour
Our ride to Ita Thao
Ita Thao at Sun Moon Lake
Ita Thao pier
Ita Thao streets
View of Sun Moon Lake
The Sun Moon Lake rock
After descending from the hike, we saw a long queue of people in front of a stall and being the curious tourists, we followed the queue too. We found out eventually that it was a queue for the famous Jin Pen Ah Ma Cha Ye Dan/famous tea braised egg. The aroma was strong and very fragrant that whetted our appetite even when we’re not hungry. It was still warm when we bought ours, perfect for the cold weather there. I’m usually not a fan of braised egg but I have to admit that it was pretty good!
Tea braised egg
Aromatic tea braised eggs for sale
Steaming hot tea braised egg
Before we realized it, the sun was starting to set. Shadows became longer and the temperature began to drop. We found a quiet spot and watched in silence as the sun went down beyond the horizon. It was, as with all sunsets, a very calming scene.
Sun going down
Sunset at Sun Moon Lake
Getting to Sun Moon Lake:
Take the MRT to Taipei Main Station and walk to Taipei West Bus Station Terminal B to take the Guo Guang Bus to Sun Moon Lake.
*Note: Read the rest of my Taiwan Escapade here!