Road trip to little Tahoe

Sun Moon Lake Travel Blog

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On Saturday morning we were up early for the 2.5 hour drive down south to Sun Moon Lake, one of Taiwan's premier resort spots. Except for much of the trees and vegatation, Sun Moon Lake reminds me a lot of Lake Tahoe with the mountains surrounding the water. On our drive there we stopped at a roadside rest area, but it was more like an amusement park. We stopped for a bathroom visit but ended up spending 45 minutes there. Our rest areas in the states is nothing like this one. Brett and Erin had visited Sun Moon Lake a couple weeks earlier, but it rained while they were there and visibility wasn't great. Today the weather was exceptional...but quite hot and humid.

At Sun Moon Lake our plan was to ride the gondola and then to just drive around the lake.

But the gondola station had huge lines of people so we opted to just skip it. We stopped at a temple for about an hour, stopped at another place to try some tea eggs, and then we went to the entrance of a pagoda that stood atop a small mountain. It was a long walk up to the pagoda, but well worth it. The only negative is that the pagoda had suffered damage from an earthquake and we weren't allowed to go up.

Our entire trip around the lake, including the stops, took about 5 hours. There are many places along the way to stop and take pictures of the beautiful scenery. We thought there might be a lot of traffic, but not so. It seemed many of the tour busses and cars were all stopping at the gondola and once you passed that the traffic all but disappeared. On our return trip home we also stopped at the World Tea Festival to buy some tea for Erin.

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Roadside rest area on our way to S…
Roadside rest area on our way to …
Tea egg
Tea egg
Sun Moon Lake
photo by: siri