Sun Moon Lake / Puli Brewery Day Tour
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    • Tour Code: TWTXG8001
    • Trip Duration: Approximately 8 hours
    • Language: Chinese
    • Trip Characteristics:

      Roundtrip from Taichung high speed rail station or Hotels in Taichung
      Sun Mook Lake Shuttle Seat (Round Trip):US$10
      Sun Mook Lake Ropeway (Round Trip):US$10
      Sun Mook Lake Shuttle Seat + Ropeway (Rounf Trip):US$13

Itinerary

Xiangshan Visitor Center → Sun Moon Lake Boat Tour(Shueishe、Syuanguang temple、Ita Thao) → Wenwu Temple → Sun Moon Lake Ropeway → Xuan Zang Temple → Puli Brewery
  • Xiangshan Visitor Center

    The Xiangshan Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.

  • Sun Moon Lake

    Sun Moon Lake Station lies to the south east of Sun Moon Lake, the north of Ita Thao community, and the west of Youth Activity Center. The station is 3.74 hectares in area and is under the local government of Sun Moon village, Yuchih township. The Ropeway incorporates water, land, and air and merges the two characteristic tourist attractions in Taiwan. It takes about 30 minutes to drive between F.A.C.V. and Sun Moon Lake; it is now shortened to 6.8 minutes by taking the Ropeway.

  • Shueishe

    Shueishe is Sun Moon Lake's vehicle transfer area, and has a concentration of hotels. It is also the location of a famous scenic commerce street. There is a beautiful view from Shueishe Wharf. The perfectly designed floating wharf has not lost its classically elegant appearance through modern design, and many activities and performances take place here.
    The Shueishe Visitor Center was completed on August 30, 2006, providing visitors to Sun Moon Lake with a solid and complete tourist service. There is a vast, unlimited view when looking south towards Sun Moon Lake's bay. This is the entrance and departure point for the Shuishe Area and the Hanbi Peninsula. The Zhongxing Car Park, located nearby, will serve Shueishe Park. The scenic commerce street to the east is Shueishe's business circle. To the north is the transportation link to the round-the-lake highway. Thus, Shueishe occupies a key transportation position in the Sun Moon Lake area.

  • Syuanguang temple

    Syuanguang Temple, located around 2.5 kilometers from Xuanzang Temple, was built around 1955. The relics of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang are enshrined here. Xuanzang was a famous Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk. By order of the Tang emperor, he was sent to India to seek Buddhist scriptures.
    After more than 10 years, he returned to China, bringing back more than 650 sutras, and together with his disciples, he translated 75 of these. He also acquired 1,335 scrolls. His efforts made great contributions to the spread of Buddhism in China. During the war between China and Japan, a Japanese person managed to acquire a fragment of Master Syuanzang's bones from Nanjing. It was taken to Ci'en Temple in Japan's Saitama Prefecture, where it was enshrined. In 1952, this piece of bone was brought to Taiwan, and after Syuanguang Temple was built at Sun Moon Lake in 1958, Master Syuanzang's bone piece was placed there and enshrined.
    This temple lies between Sun Lake and Moon Lake. Inside is a golden idol of Master Syuanzang, above which is written, “Great National Scholar”. A wharf has been built by the water, with its back to the mountains. Visitors can take a boat to this wharf, where they can then ascend the stairs to visit the temple.

  • Ita Thao

    Once known as Dehua Village, this is the main Thao settlement. Traditional Thao performances and cultural exhibitions are offered here, as well as a shopping area full of Thao atmosphere.
    Ita Thao Lakeside Trail:
    This 0.4-kilometer trail starts opposite the Youth Activity Center and completes near Ita Thao Wharf. Sounds of insects and birds are incessant along this lakeshore board walkway, and the smell of wild ginger blossoms fills the air.
    The Deer Chasing Legend:
    The Thao Aborigines claim that their ancestors originated from Alishan. However, according to another legend, they originally came from the area near to Fucheng in Tainan. Many years ago, a group of Thao hunters were hunting in the mountains when they came upon a large, corpulent white deer. Together with their hunting dogs, they crossed over mountains and valleys to chase this large white deer. As they chased the deer, they went deep into the other side of the mountain. Along the journey, they used their hunting knives to cut off pieces of bark from the trees so as to mark their route. After chasing the deer for many days, their energy was all but exhausted, and to their amazement, they saw a landscape of lakes and mountains unfold before their very eyes. The white deer that they had been chasing had no way of escape, and rushed into the middle of a lake. The hot hooves that had been on the run were frozen by the ice cold lake waters, became stiff, rigid, and difficult to move. After the Thao hunting ancestors caught the white deer, countless varieties of fish were attracted to compete for its blood and internal organs. The elderly Thao ancestors scooped up the fish varieties and were the first to carefully taste them. Not only were the fish non-poisonous, but these shoals of fish from the lake were extremely delicious. Only after trying out the fish did they allow the young and strong Thao to eat them. Everyone was very pleased. Not only did the lake area have beautiful and enticing scenery, but there was a plentiful supply of fish in the lake. This truly was a peaceful and good location provided to the ancestors from above. They quickly returned the way they had come, following the marks they had made on the trees, in order to bring the rest of the community to this new place. From that time and on, the Thao people have resided at Sun Moon Lake, which has become their native land.

  • Wenwu Temple

    During the Japanese occupation period there were two temples on the banks of the lake: Longfeng Temple in Shueishe Village and Yihua Hall in what is now Yitashao. But when the Japanese built their hydroelectric power plants, the water levels rose, and the temples had to be removed. The Japanese electric company paid compensation, and the temple managers decided to combine their resources and build a single new temple at Songboling on the northern shore of the lake. The result was today's Wenwu Temple.
    The architecture of the temple has the palace style of northern China. It is a large and imposing structure, with three separate halls. On the second floor of the front hall is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature; the central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-god Yue Fei; the rear hall is dedicated to Confucius. This is the only Confucius Temple in Taiwan that keeps its central door open. Temple officials say that they do this because the temple is on the bank of Sun Moon Lake and has many tourists, so they keep the door open for the convenience of the visitors. The bronze statue of a seated Confucius makes this also the only Confucius temple in Taiwan that contains an image of the sage. In addition to Confucius, there are also statues of his disciples, Mencius and Zihsih. These three images originally came from Mainland China. They were taken to Japan to escape the Boxer Rebellion near the end of the Qing Dynasty; later on, they were reproduced and brought to Wunwu Temple.
    Another interesting feature of the temple is the two vermillion stone lions on the two sides of the front plaza. They were donated by Wu Huo-shih, the late chairman of the Shin Kong Life Insurance Company, whose name meant "fire lion."
    Year of Steps at Wenwu Temple
    Before the round-the-lake road was built, the only way to get to Wunwu Temple was to take a boat to the pier below the temple and climb up a very steep flight of steps.
    In early days, these steps were called the "stairway to Heaven." Completion of the road made it far easier for travelers to reach the temple, and the steps below the temple were gradually forgotten.
    The administration recently renovated the steps. There are now 366 steps covering the 150-meter distance, symbolizing the 366 days in a year (including an extra day in leap year). At the step that represents the first day of each month, there is now a platform where people can stop and rest. Information related to the 24 solar periods is also carved into the steps, so that visitors can learn something about China's traditional folk culture as they slowly ascend the steps. The steps are now known as the "Year of Steps at Wunwu Temple", and make a very interesting visit.
    There are also wind chimes along the steps, which are used by visitors to ask for blessings. Their function is somewhat like that of a wishing well. Visitors first go to Wunwu Temple and buy wind chimes for their specific animal of the Chinese zodiac, and then have the chimes passed through incense smoke by temple workers. Then the visitors write their names and the contents of their wishes, and go to the top of the Year of Steps to ring the chimes, and finally go down the steps and hang the chimes beside those steps that represent their birthdays, symbolizing the completion of their efforts.

  • Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

    The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway starts from the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and ends at the Ita Thao Settlement in Sun Moon Lake for a total distance of 1.87 km. The 7-minute ropeway ride allows visitors to view the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake from the sky.
    Starting point: Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Sun Moon Lake
    Operating hours: 10:30 ~ 16:00

  • Xuan Zang Temple

    From Barawbaw (the Thao name for Sun Moon Village, also known as Riyue Village), continue along the lake's ring road in a westerly direction. From the 4.8 kilometer marker, you can reach the Syuentzang Temple. The front of this temple, built in 1965, faces Lalu Lake, while the rear faces Qinglong Mountain. A fengshui master has claimed that the temple occupies a precious land where a "green dragon plays with a pearl". The temple is divided into two levels, one where the remains of the monk Xuanzang are worshipped, and the other, where the golden Sakyamuni Buddha is worshipped. Xuanzang was an eminent Tang Dynasty monk who was ordered by the Tang emperor to go to India and bring back the Buddhist scriptures. It was more than 10 years before he returned to China, bringing back over 650 sutras. Together with his disciples, he translated 75 sections, producing 1335 volumes of scripture, and making a great contribution to the development of Buddhism in China.
    During World War II, the Japanese stole Xuanzang's remains from Nanjing. They were enshrined and worshipped at the Jion-ji Temple in Japan's Saitama Prefecture. In 1955, the remains were taken to Taiwan, where they were enshrined and worshipped at Xuanguang Temple, located next to Sun Moon Lake. After Xuanzang Temple was completed in November 1965, the remains were relocated there.
    Syuentzang Temple is built in the Tang Dynasty architectural style, and the square bricks on the ground create a smooth and unadorned appearance. Inside the temple is a horizontal board with the words “national treasure”, written by President Chiang Kai-shek. On the outer walls of the temple are carvings of Master Xuanzang during his travels to the west. There are also three stele inscriptions. The left stele commemorates the friendship between the Chinese and Japanese. The middle provides a life history of Master Xuanzang. The right stele commemorates friendly Buddhist exchanges between the Chinese and Japanese. In addition, there are two revered stone statues in front of the door. In front of the temple is a large drum, and when ascending the steps, one can see a bell and mallet used to wake people.

  • Puli Brewery

    Puli Brewery mainly produced glutinous rice wine, rice wine, taibai liquor, and sake in the early years after Taiwan's Restoration. Production volume, however, was not very high and most of the wines were sold to the local residents. After repeated experimentation using natural Ailan spring waters, the Brewery finally achieved a fine brew of shaoxing wine in 1952 that was finely received by various customers. Hence, the Brewery began to gradually reduce the production of cheaper wines and shifted its focus to mass production of shaoxing wine in 1966. The Brewery also faced stiff competition from imported wines, but its Ailan White Liquor proved to be a winning hit in 1995. Puli Brewery also started working with local industries, public administration, schools, research institutes, and other agencies in order to promote a healthy wine culture and diversify its business operations.

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Extra Cost Items

  • Meal plan, souvenir, ★admission fee and gratuity ($20-30/p.car recommended)
  • Extended Hours(if need): $30/p.hour/p.car
  • English/Japanese-Speaking driver-guide can be requested. ($40/p.car)
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