After a full breakfast at the Topcloud Villa of CingJing, our chauffeur is waiting for us at the entrance at 11:00am. Today we had a busy schedule. We will visit the Sun Moon Lake, a temple destructed by the 1992 earthquake, sunset in Gaomei Wetland, dinner at a BBQ restaurant and a traditional Taiwanese night market at Fengjia.
I wandered around the Topcloud Resort and take the last pictures of this beautiful place and was waiting for our chauffeur to pick us up at 11:00 am.
The Sun Moon Lake is around 1 hour of drive from CingJing. It is a very good travel plan to visit these 2 places together. Sun Moon Lake is discovered by Thao hunters while chasing a white deer through the surrounding mountains.
The Chauffeur dropped us off at Ita Thao “伊達邵”. It is an area in Sun Moon Lake which is resided by a local tribe called Thao. It is also called the Sun Moon Village. Below are the pictures of the harbour.
Not only there is a harbor that you can take a ferry to sail around the lake, the whole area is full of shop selling snacks and souvenirs.
Nearly all the shops are situated on the Wenhua Street and Yiyong Street. You can have your lunch there and buy some local traditional tribe snacks and souvenirs home. The most famous tea in Sun Moon Lake is the Tea 18. Many shops selling tea 18 so when you see the tea name with “18”, you know that you are buying the correct one.
Below are some famous snacks in Sun Moon Lake.
First, the Mountain Pig belly pork bun served with egg.
Second, BBq rice cake. Very chewy and you can choose different flavor ranging from sweet to salty.
Third, the mountain pig sausage.
Finally, numerous of souvenir shops where you can buy the traditional Thao Costume and infamous Sun Moon Lake Tea!
After staying for our lunch in Ita Thao, our Chauffeur drove us to another lookout of Sun Moon Lake. There is a stone engraved the Chinese Sun Moon Lake.
There is a walking track but we did not take because we have a driver driving us around.
We were then taken to the tourist center which is designed by a famous Japanese Architect, Dan Norihiko. The name of this tourist center is Xiangshan Visitor Center. This center is specially built which produce an echo.
The view from this visitor center is magnificent.
This is the cycling track of Sun Moon Lake and I strongly recommend to visit Sun Moon Lake by cycling because of this well-planned scenic cycling track.
Our Chauffeur, Mr Chu, is very nice and well organised. We just tell him the place that we want to go and he will help us to arrange the schedule. He will also urge us to go to the next destination should we falling behind the schedule.
The next destination is proposed by Mr Chu. It is the Jiji Wuchang Temple. The original temple was collapsed due to the 921 earthquake happened in 1999.
The statues of the gods remained intact and are put in the new Wuchang Temple built right next to the collapsed building. The government keeps this collapsed building not only make it as a tourist attraction but also to remind people of this earthquake.
The statues of the gods have their beard growing every year. They put a ruler under the beard. Local people find it as a miracle.
There is a small market near the temple.
Followed by the Wuchang Temple, we arrived at the GaoMei Wetland for the sunset. You can walk on the wetland with barefoot in order to get the best picture. It is an awfully romantic destination.
We stayed until the sun was gone from our horizon.
After putting down our luggage at our hotel in TaiChung, Mr Chu drove us to Niku Niku, a Japanese BBQ restaurant. The meat they sold is of good quality and relatively cheap.
Therefore, it is a good bargain to have dinner there where each of us spent less than 800TWD and leaving the restaurant with a full stomach. Below is the menu.
However, even we are full, we still need to go to the must-go destination of Taichung – Fengjia Night Market. Fengjia Night Market can also serve as your dinner!
The first recommended shop is this Taro Dessert Shop. This serve tasty Taro and chewy Taro and Sweet Potato Rice Balls. A very traditional Taiwanese Dessert.
Oyster omelette. It serves with duck egg which enhances its flavor and vegetables. The oyster tastes very good and fresh!
Finally, the Seaside Cottage! Since I was too late to arrive at this food stall, I borrowed two pictures from Openrice. The clams sold here were the best clams I have ever tried in my life.
A very busy night market.
At around 11pm, we went back to our hotel, Holiday Inn Express Taichung Park Hotel. Because I was too tired at night, I forgot to take the pictures of the hotel and the room. Below is the aftermath photo of my room. This hotel is nice and cheap. It is located near the TaiChung Train Station and in the middle of the city center. I would strongly recommend my reader to book this hotel.
The hotel is well-equipped with laundry room and common area.