A continuation of the sunset in Sun Moon Lake, we went back to the chalet to freshen up before dinner, and asked the owner to fetch us out after. Before that, we took some time to explore the pier when night fell and observed the night view of Sun Moon Lake. It was peaceful and calm, but not eerily quiet because we were in the centre of the town where it was bustling with activities. Food stalls were busy, music was playing in the background, kids were running around and laughing. It was somewhat relaxing and laid back.
Night view along Sun Moon Lake
Some of the docked boats
Hotels brightly lit at night
The next day, we took the liberty to walk out on our own but towards the opposite direction of the town. According to one of the brochures I found from the Visitor Centre, there was this place called Shui She Dam located not too far from Crystal Jade Chalet, which was a popular wedding shoot location. Seeing that we had some free time, we were in the mood to hunt for this location!
Path behind our chalet
Shui She Dam in the brochure
We walked and walked, according to the direction shown on the map, and before we knew it, we saw the sign board that confirmed the location. We found it!
Shui She Dam
It looked just like the picture in the brochure, which was incredible, because most pictures shown in brochures are heavily Photoshopped and edited to make them look nicer than they really are. The Shui She Dam was in fact more beautiful in real life than it was in the picture. I guess the ambience and tranquility surrounding the area also played a role to give it an extra doze of romance. Yes, this is perfect for couples looking for a romantic walk down a quiet, romantic place. 🙂
Shui She Dam
Shui She Dam – just like the brochure
Blue skies and water
Another view of the dam
Inscriptions on the rock
After visiting Sun Moon Lake, I now know why we saw so many (at least 4) couples in wedding gown going there for their wedding photo shoot. It was the perfect romantic location with gorgeous natural landscape and fabulous blue skies. For lunch, we returned to the same restaurant that we went to on the first day, located just opposite the Visitor Centre. For just NTD65 (~RM6.50), the portion was really huge and delicious!
Our favourite restaurant – signboard in blue
Pork chop rice for lunch
One question I asked a lot before my trip to Taiwan was whether Sun Moon Lake was worth the 3+ hours travel down from Taipei, and whether it was a nice place to go to. Well I have been there for 2 days and if you want to know the answer, stay tuned for my next and final post on Sun Moon Lake! 😉
Sun Moon Lake
*Note: Read the rest of my Taiwan Escapade here!