We spent a good whole 2 days in Sun Moon Lake, and during our one and only dinner opportunity, the chalet owner recommended us to visit Ah Rong’s Restaurant near the pier. Once we were seated, we were presented with a mostly-Chinese menu, except for a couple of pages of set menu in English. Since both of us couldn’t read Chinese, we had to settle for the limited choices in the set menu section, and chose the one which sounded a little exotic. The first dish that was served to us was the wild boar.
Braised wild boar
All the paper ‘crockery’
I remember thinking that the Braised Wild Boar tasted quite similar as the braised pork dish, except that this was perhaps a little more chewy. The fat later was smooth and melt-in-your-mouth soft, and the tummy-warming soup was certainly welcome on that cold and wet night.
Dishes in our set
Saucer was happy
Ah Rong in Sun Moon Lake
On our last day in Sun Moon Lake, we did not have much time to go too far because we had to catch the bus back to Taipei in the afternoon. With just a couple of hours left to spent, we decided to visit somewhere nearby, reachable by a short bus ride. We went to the Wenwu Temple.
Bus timetable to Wenwu Temple
Situated on the northern part of the lake, the Wenwu Temple looked similar to the architecture in Beijing’s Imperial Palace, except that this was newer with brighter paint. There were 3 large separate halls within the temple, the front, central and rear. The entrance had a majestic archway leading up to the front prayer hall. Just like many temples that attract tourists, Wenwu Temple had a section that sold souvenirs and amulets.
Arch to the Wenwu Temple
Sun Moon Lake rock in front of the temple
Other than the intricate details of the design of the temple, we also noticed the steps to be lined with golden wind chimes. Each of them had a tag that attached to the bottom of the wind chime, written with a message that I’d assume to be a wish. When the wind blew, one could hear the beautiful ring that the wind chime produced.
Intricate designs of the temple
Mini wind chimes to ask for blessing
Towards the rear hall
As mentioned in my previous Sun Moon Lake post, traveling more than 3 hours to reach here from Taipei might not be a very appealing idea to many people. And as much as we enjoyed the captivating views of the lake, we concluded that it was probably not a place that we would visit again given the choice, because it has become overly commercialized with boat rides charging pretty dearly (300TWD) by the trip and food costing quite a bit (~600TWD for dinner). Of course, that is our 2 cents’ worth and might not apply to everyone else. With that, we took the bus back to Taipei and spent the last 2 days we had in Taiwan.
Before leaving the temple
Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake
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