Sun Moon Lake
is a beautiful lake in the township of Yuchi, in Nantou County, in Taiwan
. The Sun Moon Lake surrounds Lalu, a famous small Island and the area around the lake is home to the Thao tribe of Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake is the largest of the water bodies in the country and has a shape that depicts the sun on the eastern side and another that resembles the moon on the western side, resulting in its name.
Apart from the beautiful nature of the lake, its surrounding mountainous region is another attractive aspect to it. Sun Moon Lake is not a 'swimming-in' lake, but occasional events like the Swimming Carnival of the Sun Moon Lake held on its waters make it the best place to visit for a dive in the water races. Tourists like to visit the Sun Moon Lake region also for its numerous hiking trails in the mountains overlooking the lake and to witness its beauty in the wee hours of the morning when it is calm and silent.
Sun Moon Lake features one of the most attractive tourist destinations, all through the year. The area around Sun Moon Lake experiences hot humid summers, mild, cool winters, as well as moderate springs and autumn. The weather is one prime reason why visiting Sun Moon Lake is an all-year-round happening. The location of the lake and its placement above the sea level make it an excellent spot to view the surroundings from.
, the region around the Sun Moon Lake experiences its rainy season. There may be cases of thunderstorms, and mild flooding around the lake, and visitors are advised to observe their safety.
During summer, between June and August, the weather is generally hot and humid. However, the cooling effect from the lake makes it more tolerable than registered. During winter, from December
, the area around Sun Moon Lake cools down considerably, and the weather becomes mildly cool and tolerable, and even better from the warm breeze from the lake in the early mornings and evenings.
During spring, from March
, Sun Moon Lake becomes a scenic spot to visit. The mildly warm and pleasant weather is one of the reasons for it. Even more, is the blossoming of the flowery trees around the lake and its environs. Visiting Sun Moon Lake during this time feels great, with the beauty of the flowers around, and the fresh, scented crisp air, too. Areas around the lake offer fantastic picnic spots, photography backgrounds, and well as sightseeing places.
Some of the events held in Sun Moon Lake region include the famous Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in February according to the culture of the aboriginal tribes in the area. The festival features stunning illuminations of the flowering trees during the nights, crowned with music performances and dance shows, as well as indigenous poetry and other talent showcasing shows.
A visit to the splendid Sun Moon Lake is not complete without a feel of the Sun Moon Lake International Fireworks and Music Festival that is held between October
. The festival sees the people around the lake participate in numerous competitions in music and dance, and other sports competitions, crowned with stunning fireworks bursts in the calm night sky.