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“Touristy Place” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake
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Lion City
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Touristy Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Went in the late afternoon. Too much tourists, over crowded to really enjoy the place. The boat ride is a must do in Sun Moon Lake.

Visited November 2012
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129 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Good for day trip from Taipei, and tips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

People visit this place because it is beautiful - it has a bit of Switzerland feel to it. The environment is also similar to Xi hu in Hangzhou China. If you are based in Taipei a full day trip is possible, here are the tips.

1. There are direct buses from Taipei bus station to SML, expect a 4-5 hr bus ride as it is actually in the middle of Taiwan, however to save time most people nowadays catch the high speed rail to Taichung, and the bus to SML.

2. You mostly would want to catch the boat, the tickets at the counters are a bit expensive, sometimes the restaurants might sell you tickets with a little bit of discounts.

3. It is advisable to get there early as usually the bulk of other tourists arrive late morning.

4. Bring some sea sick pills, just in case.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“More western travellers should know this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have been to Sun Moon Lake many times, but most recently was during the new year period in Dec 2012. Not many places on earth that an outstanding natural beauty can be reached whitin an hour from a big city. This lake is only 40min drive from the 3-million-population Taichung! Rencently added cable car that transport tourist from the lake to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village make this place more attractive to me. I have my Taiwanese family told me that the lake was not well maintained and dirty when they were young (in the 80's) but the government have really put afford to make this place a world famous attraction. Now the lake is clear of garbage and the bluish color with greenary background really make this place picturesque. Best of all it's free unless you want to cruise around the lake which cost about US$3 per person. Be sure to taste the famous, tasty & traditional tea leaf egg sold by an old lady since 1970's at one of the wharf. There is also a peacock farm that not many people know which I think is worth a visit if you want to learn about the variety of peacock and other native bird of Taiwan.

Visited December 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tranquil place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

A very nice tranquil place to visit! Though the lake doesn't look like sun and moon anymore but its still good place to visit.

Visited December 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“Beautiful place...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Amazing lake... take the time and rent the bikes.. the bike trails are amazing and the lake is beautiful...

Visited December 2012
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