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Sun Moon Lake | Married by the Sun and Moon

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake
Photo courtesy of Beattie Wedding Photography

A scenic jewel in the mountainous heart of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is a dream location for weddings and a popular spot for pre-wedding photo shoots.

Many of the lakeside hotels here arrange elegant outdoor wedding ceremonies surrounded by nature's beauty in a world removed from the hubbub of everyday life.

Amidst soft music,the bride and groom walk hand-inhand down the red carpet to be joined in matrimony: the sun, moon, sky, and earth bless their vows, and leave unforgettable memories.

  • No.599, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County
  • Take National Freeway 2 and exit at Wufeng. Connect to National Freeway 6 and exit at Ailan. Then connect to Provincial Highway 21, which leads to Sun Moon Lake.

Hanbi Hiking Trail / Church of Christ

Hanbi Hiking Trail / Church of Christ
Photo courtesy of Best Romance Wedding Photography

Starting out at Meihe Garden, Hanbi Hiking Trail is a 1.5-kilometer loop along the Hanbi Peninsula waterfront. The route is paved, and can be easily walked by all from young to old. The trail is hemmed by the lake on three sides, and flowers embellish the route along the way, complemented by the forest greenery. The trail links to the Apricot Platform, Shuishe Wharf, and other local points of historical interest. You can also walk up to the Yule Pavilion to enjoy the view of the Qinglong Mountains and Lalu Island.

It is said that if you make a wish while standing in front of the pavilion, there is a good chance it will come true. Couples making a wish here are supposed to have a happy marriage ensured, earning this spot the nickname "Line of Happiness." Heading towards Meihe Garden, the trail leads by the Church of Christ, a place of worship oft visited by former President Chiang Kai-shek during his stays at the lake. Fronted by Roman columns, the church has an exotic elegance that has made it a popular spot for pre-wedding photo shoots.

  • Hanbi Peninsula, Yuchi Township, Nantou County
  • Walk about 7 minutes from Delight Mall (Shuishe Visitor Center)

Ita Thao

Ita Thao
Photo courtesy of Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration; Photo courtesy

Ita Thao is the main settlement of the Thao indigenous people at Sun Moon Lake. This is a good spot to enjoy traditional Thao cuisine, including such must-try treats as sticky rice with chicken wings and noodles served in a bone-and-boar-meat broth. Dehua Street leads to Zhulu Market, a small shopping area with local specialty restaurants and handicraft shops. Thao song-and-dance performances are also presented here, featuring pestle-pounding music and traditional songs brimming with indigenous color.

You can also follow the Ita Thao Lakeside Trail to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway, a cable-car service that provides stunning bird's-eye views of the scenic lake area.

  • Dehua St., Yiyong St., and Shuishalian St., Sun Moon Village, Yuchi Township, Nantou County.
  • Dance Show:11:20am, 2:20pm, 5:20pm weekdays at Guru Fair in Ita Thao; 10:20am weekends in the square before Ita Thao Pier; 11:20am, 2:20pm, 4:20pm, 5:20pm weekends at Guru Fair in Ita Thao; seniors' performances 11:20am, 2:20pm, 5:20pm Sat and Sun (no shows Wed).
  • From Delight Mall (Shuishe Visitor Center), take a Lake Tour shuttle bus to the Ita Thao stop. Alternatively, take a boat from Shuishe Pier to Ita Thao Pier.

Wenwu Temple MAP

Wenwu Temple
Photo courtesy of Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration; Photo courtesy

Wenwu Temple is dedicated to Guan Gong (the God of War), Confucius, and the warrior-god Yue Fei. Built in the Northern Dynasties style, with a generous use of gold, this majestic temple attracts a steady stream of worshippers throughout the year. The temple administration arranges lively celebrations steeped in local customs. There is a lake-viewing platform in front of the main hall, as well as a "Year of Steps" staircase featuring 366 stone steps gently ascending from the lake to the temple.

Each step is engraved with a day of the year (with leap years represented) and the names of famous people born on that day. Couples can also buy wind chimes representing their Chinese zodiac animals, which are blessed over incense smoke and can then be inscribed with a wish. The chimes are then hung by the persons' birthday steps in hopes of a lifetime of happiness.

  • No. 63, Zhongzheng Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County.
  • +886-49-285-5122
  • 05:00~21:00
  • From Delight Mall (Shuishe Visitor Center), take a Lake Tour shuttle bus to the Wenwu Temple stop.

Lake Xiangshan Visitor Center

Lake Xiangshan Visitor Center

Designed by celebrated Japanese architect Norihiko Dan, the Xiangshan Visitor Center is a prominent Sun Moon Lake landmark, and winner of the 2011 Taiwan Architecture Award. The center is formed by two curved buildings resembling boomerangs, and features a view of Sun Moon Lake in front and surrounding mountains behind. Wood-grained concrete surfaces the outer walls, and an infinity pool graces the lakefacing side, merging the site with the water and encircling greenery of the lake. The sloped roof of the center commands a sweeping view of Sun Moon Lake, making it a popular spot for pre-wedding photo shoots.

In a considerate touch, the center also provides, free of charge and reservation requirements, three makeup rooms, a dressing room, and a waiting area with sofas.

  • No.599, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County
  • 0800-855595
  • 09:00∼17:00
  • Take National Freeway 2 and exit at Wufeng.Connect to National Freeway 6 and exit at Ailan.Then connect to Provincial Highway 21, which leads to Sun Moon Lake.

Lake Cruises

Lake Cruises

With their gently swaying boats, Shuishe Pier, Chaowu Pier, Ita Thao Pier, and Xuanguang Temple Pier have become part of the iconic imagery of Sun Moon Lake.

They are also the departure points for cruises around the lake. A boat tour is the best way to enjoy the beauty of Sun Moon Lake up close and at a leisurely pace. The captain is generally a good source of interesting facts about the area's culture, geography, and history. And for couples looking for a distinctive waterside wedding, special-event cruises can be arranged.

  • Four piers (Shuishe, Chaowu, ItaThao, and Xuanguang Temple piers),Yuchi Township, Nantou County
  • From Xiangshan Visitor Center, take Provincial Highway 21 in a clockwise direction. Turn right at Mingsheng Street to reach Shuishe Pier.

Paper Dome

Paper Dome

The Paper Dome was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Bun in 1995 as a temporary church for the people of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Following Taiwan's 921 Earthquake in 1999, it was moved to Taiwan as a spiritual pillar to help victims rebuild their lives. Apart from its historic and cultural value, the Paper Dome is an architecturally compelling structure. Inspired by the baroque churches of Rome, the building has fiberglass exterior walls and is supported by 58 paper-tube columns that create an elliptic corridor. The interior space is bathed with natural light, lending it a charm that changes with the seasons and time of day. The beauty of the site and its spirit of love and mutual support have earned the Paper Dome a top spot on Sun Moon Lake's wedding-photo map.

The site also doubles as a cultural center for Puli Township's Taomi Village. At the center, visitors can learn about natural farming techniques, enjoy cuisine made with local ingredients, or shop for cultural souvenirs at the gift shop.

  • No.52-12, Taomi Ln., Puli Township, Nantou County
  • +886-49-291-4922
  • 9:00am – 8:00pm, 9:00am – 9:00pm. Closed during the first Wed of each month. Open on all public holidays.
  • From Xiangshan Visitor Center, take Provincial Highway 21 to Delight Mall (Shuishe Visitor Center). Take a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle (Sun Moon Lake Route) bus and get off at the Taomikeng stop.