Artists and writers have been visiting Sun Moon Lake ever since the Qing Dynasty, inspired to create by its beautiful scenery. During the Japanese occupation, the Lake was listed as one of Taiwan’s Eight Views; it also became the location for the guesthouse of Japan’s Crown Prince. Later on, President Chiang Kai-shek would host international dignitaries here as well. Today Sun Moon Lake remains one of Taiwan’s most popular destinations, a recreation area internationally renowned for its abundance of beauty and activities in all seasons, such as red cherry flowers in spring, mountain mist in summer, tranquil water and mountains in fall, and white plum blossoms in winter. Enjoy hot springs, fresh plums, and a landscape of white plum blossoms or vibrant cherry blossoms during winter and spring. Just before summer is the peak firefly season; the summer and fall include the butterfly and frog season as well as the indigenous tribes’ Harvest Festival.
There are lots of cultural celebrations everywhere all year round; and they will exceed your expectations. Every year between October and November is the must-see “Sun Moon Lake Music & Fireworks Festival,” a combination of “arts and culture” with “leisure and sports” lasting over a month. Ever since the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration was established in 2000, there has been an annual fireworks show. The first Sun Moon Lake Festival was held in 2003, where fireworks teams from five different countries and regions were invited to perform in a nearly month-long feast of sound and light. The “Sun Moon Lake’s International Fireworks” increased in popularity afterwards and the yearly festival was established as one of the Lake’s most important events. Now that Sun Moon Lake’s Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival is famous around the globe, the challenge is to keep things fresh while improving the overall planning and peripheral services. The 2017 Come! Bikeday Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival blends cycling with music, art, fireworks, exercise, and leisure, with local industries, culture, and traditions. Hopefully, the area will climb onto the international stage, based on its local treasures, and shape Sun Moon Lake into an international-level cultural and arts-focused resort lake.
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Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 rì yuè tán
beautiful scenery 美麗的風景 Měi lì de fēng jǐng
dignitaries 政要 Zhèng yào
summer 夏天 xià tiān
firefly season 螢火蟲季節 Yíng huǒ chóng jì jié
cultural celebrations 文化慶典 Wén huà qìng diǎn
combination 合併 hé bìng
established 公認gōng rèn
local treasures 當地的寶藏 Dāng dì de bǎo zàng