Most travelers just pass through Taiwan, but with an opportunity to stay and explore the country, one of the LGBT-friendliest in Asia, I say do it! Taipei is a wonderful place
to start your journey, but with 8 million people living in and around the capital city,
a quick venture into a more remote area of the country is definitely worth planning.
On my recent visit to Taiwan, I was introduced to the lush resort area of Sun
Moon Lake. Located in the Yuchi Township, Nantou County, this reclusive vacation
spot is a glorious and peaceful respite from the metropolitan bustle. The majority
of tourists are Asian, as Sun Moon Lake is still a hidden gem to international travelers,
so it’s unlikely you’ll come across many Americans or other Westerners there. Cradled by majestic green mountains, the lake is 27 feet deep with a 19-mile perimeter,
and although the bright blue water seems perfect for swimming, no one is permitted
to enter the water except during the Swimming Carnival, which happens annually
in September. Throughout the year, an array of festivals, live concerts and firework
displays are staged alongside Sun Moon Lake, designated as one of thirteen National
Scenic Areas in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
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