Nantou Attractions

What to See in Nantou

Nantou County is renowned for its tea plantations and they stretch as far as the eye can see. However, the real pride of the county is the Sun Moon Lake, an ethereally beautiful lake located in the Yuchih Township. The biggest lake in all of Taiwan, its name is derived from the fact that it is divided into two by small Lalu Island. One half of the lake resembles the spherical sun while the other looks like a crescent moon.

Travelers spending some time at Sun Moon Lake can look forward to a host of convenient and comfortable accommodation in the area. Log cabins and affordable hotels as well as guesthouses are the preferred mode of accommodations for visitors.

During your stay, you may opt to visit one of the many historical and cultural sites around the lake, or take a stroll along the many hiking trails there. Nantou County is rich in history and its background is every bit as charming as its locals.

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Arboreal Insect Museum

The Arboreal Insect Museum in Puli boasts a wonderful variety of butterflies. Both kids and adults alike will love spending a day here learning about butterflies and other insects. Nearby cafes serve cool refreshments and visitors are also welcome to pack their own lunches and picnic on the park benches around the museum.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:30
  • Address: 6-2 Nantsun Road, Puli, Nantou County

Bamboo Stone Garden

Sun Moon Lake offers many scenic spots but the Bamboo Stone Garden is one place you have to visit. Offering a brief respite from the sun, the Bamboo Stone Garden offers many a shady tree for travelers to rest under while ardent photographers will attempt to capture the beauty of the surrounding flora and tall bamboo plants. The Tea Research and Extension Station is also a short stroll away so be sure to visit it if you have time to spare.

  • Location: Sun Moon Lake
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Carp Lake

Carp Lake is a very scenic tourist spot, and although it may be located near the outskirts of the township, there is a myriad of things to see and do here - from boating and camping, picnicking and hiking. Travelers are sure to love Carp Lake and spend at least a full day here to appreciate the true beauty of nature.

  • Location: Puli Township, Nantou County
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Ci-En Pagoda

The Ci En Pagoda was erected by the former President Chiang Kai-Shek as a tribute to his late mother. Standing at 1,046 metres above sea level with Shabalan Mountain as a stunning backdrop, the pagoda is nine storeys high. Travelers can climb up all nine levels and enjoy a splendid view of the lake.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Sun Moon Lake Ring Road
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Ita Thao

The Thao locals were originally from Alishan, but based on legend, the people there were enticed to settle down at Sun Moon Lake instead. Today, what was previously known as Dehua Village, is now the official Thao settlement in Nantou. Travelers can expect to watch numerous cultural performances here while shopping at the marketplace which offers many a souvenir as well as arts and crafts lovingly produced by the Thao natives.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Ita Thao, Rih Yue Village, Yuchih Township
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Meihe Garden

Located in the vicinity of Sun Moon Lake, the name Meihe Garden was derived from the phrase ‘plum and water lily’. This used to be the site of a military police station but today it is one of the most scenic spots in Nantou.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: West of Shueishe Wharf, Sun Moon Lake
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Museum of Bamboo Art

The Museum of Bamboo Art is housed within the Hushan Art Center and is a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. Nantou is known for being rich in bamboo resources, so it is only natural that a museum is dedicated to it, where visitors can learn about the history of the bamboo trade and industry in the green city, while appreciating both modern and traditional bamboo art. The museum provides information where you can discover how important bamboo is for food, clothing, arts and crafts as well as the accommodation scene in Nantou.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Hushan Art Center, No. 669, Chung Hsing Road
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Peacock Garden

Those who visit the Peacock Garden at Sun Moon Lake should never forget to bring their cameras. It is a beautiful sight when more than 200 majestic peacocks parade around the garden alongside 100 other rare fowls. Visitors can expect to see and photograph golden pheasants, Formosan blue magpies and black coots, all in their natural habitat. Once you tire of the birds, you can then take a stroll to the nearby Butterfly Museum where thousands upon thousands of butterflies can be seen and photographed.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Sun Moon Lake
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Puli Brewery Factory

Besides being noted for producing high quality teas, Nantou County is also popular for being the home to premium Taiwanese wine. One such quality wine can be found at the Puli Brewery Factory where exquisite Shaohsing wine is brewed to perfection. The wine is unlike rice wine and instead, is vibrant yellow in colour. For this reason, many travelers choose to visit Puli, also known as the ‘Hometown of Shaohsing Wine’ where they can sample this delectable concoction and bring home a bottle or two as souvenirs. 

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 -17:30
  • Address: No.219, Sec. 3, Zhongshan Rd., Puli Township
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Wenwu Temple

Wenwu Temple is the result of two post-Japanese era temples combined as a single entity. The locals here had Wenwu Temple built in place of two temples when rising lake waters threatened to submerge the buildings. At first glance the temple looks every bit like a traditional Confucius temple reminiscent to those found in Northern China. The structure is majestic and a sight to behold, and with so many travelers visiting each day, officials thought it would be wiser to leave the main gates open for tourists’ convenience.

  • Opening Hours: Doors are open all day, check with your guide
  • Location: Sun Moon Lake
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