Alishan & Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest freshwater lake, located at an elevation of 748 meters above sea level. The lake is divided into two sections by Lalu Island. One section is circular, somewhat shaped like the sun, while the other is more crescent shaped, similar to the moon. Thus, this is how the lake got its name. Lalu Island is considered the dwelling place of the ancestors and the sacred land of the Thao tribe. Thao legend tells that the tribe originally lived in Alishan but hunters following a mysterious white deer found their way to the banks of this lake and found it to be a good place to live. This is a very diverse scenic area with more than a dozen hiking trails, cycling paths and boat tours. In addition to a Thao village, there are several temples to explore including those devoted to Confucius and to two monks from the Tang Dynasty. In addition, at the top of the Ci’en Pagoda are panoramic views of this breathtaking lake and its surrounding mountains.
The Alishan National Scenic Area covers four townships in Chiayi County, located in southern Taiwan. It is famous for its towering mountains, pristine forests, cherry blossoms, tea plantations, coffee plantations, and indigenous Tsou culture. Although this scenic area is rich in natural forest, Alishan was once home to a flourishing forestry industry. Traces of that can be seen in the small town of Fenqihu and in the narrow gauge railway that zigzags up the mountain. As a result of its exceptional landscape and location, Alishan Forest Recreation Area is home to four ecological environments, starting with tropical rainforests, temperate rainforests, and subtropical rainforests.
Selected hotel accommodation｜ Room Type
► 5* Hotel: The Lalu ( Sun Moon lake )
Descriptions ｜Located on Sun Moon Lake’s Lalu Peninsula, the historic Lalu offers luxurious 5-star villas with panoramic views of the lake. Inspired by a Chinese poem, the elegant suites come with modern interiors and large bay windows. All units have a separate living area and a private balcony.
At the resort, guests can take a dip in the largest swimming pool in Taiwan, or relax with a body massage at the spa.
The Lalu Sun Moon Lake is without any doubt one of the most wonderful hotel in Taiwan.
►Hotel 4* : Fleur de Chine ( Sun Moon Lake )
Descriptions ｜With a distinctive style in its building structure, creating an aesthetic atmosphere by the integration of nature and simplicity with the surroundings. Extending the indoor space to outdoors, every corner of the hotel is infused with the beautiful landscape of Sun Moon Lake. Fleur de Chine has 211 rooms. There are six restaurants providing a wide range of cuisines.
In 2016, TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice selected Fleur de Chine as Top Hotels in Taiwan. In 2015, Fleur de Chine was selected by the Global Views magazine as Taiwan’s Top Leisure Hotel and received the World Luxury Hotel Awards as well as the Luxury Rooftop View Hotel.
►Hotel 4* : Alishan House ( Alishan )
In Chiayi County, Taiwan, Alishan House is the most luxurious hotel within Alishan Forest Recreation Area. Alishan Forest Recreation Area offers mesmerizing natural sceneries and marvels, high mountain tea, aboriginal culture, and cherry blossoms.Its elegant towers in Alishan Forest Recreation Area are surrounded by two gigantic cherry trees (sakura trees) at its front, making Alishan House the perfect place to stay during the Alishan cherry blossom festival. A historical house and a modern house to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay; all rooms are tastefully decorated with modern comforts. The outdoor coffee shop on the ground level surrounded by pine trees and the star terrace with great views of the sea of clouds should not be missed while staying at Alishan House.
► hotel 3* or B&B
Descriptions ｜ A choice of amazing selected B&B immersed in the nature.
Our selection of 3* and B&B includes simple but clean and cozy places with lake view or immerse in the tranquility.
Sun Moon Lake – B&B or 3*
► Cherng Yuan Hotel
► Doris Home
► Sun Moon Tea Hotel
► Laurel Villa
Alishan Area. B&B or 3*
► Applause In The Mountain
► Alishan Gou Hotel
Taichung /Chayi – Alishan
In the morning you will take the train from Taipei/Kaohsiung/Tainan to Taichung or Chayi with the High Speed Railway train. This tour starts from Taichung or Chayi HSR Railway station.
Train from Taipei to Chiayi with the modern High Speed train that will take you to Chiayi in approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Once you arrive at Chiayi or Taichung train station you will meet with the English speaking guide and transfer by private van to Alishan.
On the way to Alishan stop at some beautiful viewpoints and at the Elephant mountain national Scenic area to learn about tea culture and magnificent view.
Your guide will also suggest some stops along the road; there are several train stations with small villages and old street markets as well as stunning tea plantations.
Stop along the way for lunch at the Kalibun Restaurant to taste some of the Bunun special food in the Wangxiang tribe. ( Set menu: aboriginal, western or vegetarian can be chosen ).
Tour can be customized following your need and preferences.
Alishan – Sun Moon lake
Early in the morning you will take the Alishan Mountain Railway to Zhushan Station and witness one of the famous sunrises. (Tickets not included, please pay for your guide)
With the guide you will then have a walk at the Alishan Forest Recreation Area and meet the thousands year old Taiwan cypress tree.
Discover the Alishan Tea, the Champagne of Taiwan Oolongs!
Transfer by private van to Sun Moon Lake, stop at several spots learning about the mountain culture in Taiwan.
Arrival in Sun Moon Lake and check in at the hotel and later take a boat ride to Xuanguang Temple or do cycling around the top ten cycling routes chosen by CNN or take the Gondola to the top of the hill and enjoy the magnificent view. ( No tickets are included, to be paid also for the guide, we will choose to do the activities according to the arrival time. Some of them will be done in the next morning.)
Dinner free or Relish traditional indigenous cuisine at Ita Thao Village dinner ON REQUEST not included.
If you are staying at Fleur de Chine the hotel also includes six gourmet restaurants featuring Chinese and Western cuisines.
Sun Moon lake Taichung ( HSR )
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning continue to visit the area of Sun Moon Lake.
On the way to Taichung it will be possible to stop at the 921 Earthquake Museum or visit a tea house and learn how the tea is cultivated and served.
Lunch will be on the way (not included in the quotation). Your guide will suggest some places on the way.
After lunch transfer by car to Taichung train station or city center.
HSR Train to your next destination or enjoy Taichung.
Please note that price can change due to high season or special events.
With B&B or 3* hotels:
Price per person with licensed English speaking GUIDE / DRIVER starting from:
1 person: TWD 29.600
2 persons: TWD 18.000
3 persons: TWD 14.100
4 persons: TWD 13.600
5 persons: TWD 12.200
6 persons: TWD 11.300
7 persons: TWD 10.600
8 persons: TWD 10.100
With 4* hotels:
Price per person with licensed English speaking GUIDE / DRIVER starting from:
1 person: TWD 34.600
2 persons: TWD 23.000
3 persons: TWD 19.100
4 persons: TWD 18.600
5 persons: TWD 17.200
6 persons: TWD 16.300
7 persons: TWD 15.600
8 persons: TWD 15.100
Price will includes:
- 3 Days Private Car or Van;
- Licensed English speaking driver or guide/ Driver available up to 9 hours per day;
- 1 Overnights in Hotel in Sun Moon lake and Alishan in a double room with breakfast ( where available );
- Lunch at Kalibun Restaurant
- Driver/guide expenses ( meals & overnight );
- Entrance fee at Alishan National park ( TWD 300 )
- Parking fee at Alishan National Park
- Fuel, freeway fee, parking;
Price does not includes:
- Anything not mentioned in the “price includes”;
- Train ticket from Taipei or Kaohsiung to Chiayi;
- Single room supplement.
- Mountain Line train tickets
Round trip Alishan trains tickets per person:
► Chushan Line: Single-Adult NT$150
► Shenmu Line: Single-Adult NT$100
► Zhaoping Line: Single-Adult NT$100
(Please note: Train ticket in Alishan need to be bought for the guide as well.)
- Tipping is generally not expected in Taiwan; however it is always appreciated to tip and shows your gratitude for a quality service.
- To confirm the reservation a deposit of 30% is required, final payment has to be done at least one week before the tour starts.
- Due to the very limited hotel choice of 4* hotel in Sun Moon lake and Alishan National Park, we suggest to book this tour as earlier as possible.
- These prices are not valid during High season and National holidays.