- Sun Moon Lake – 30 minutes by car.
As one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is an enchanting scenic site named after the surrounding terrain that looks like the sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. The almost 8 square kilometer lake is Taiwan’s largest body of water, framed by hills and mountains on all sides, providing visitors of all ages with a gorgeous setting to explore on foot, by bike, by boat, or even via cable car over the lake.
Aside from casually enjoying the beauty of the lake environment itself, there are other engaging sights to take in such as the Wenwu Temple situated on the north side of the lake and the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village just northwest and accessible by cable cars via the Ropeway. A central highlight of any trip to central Taiwan, be sure to plan some time to enjoy the splendor that Sun Moon Lake has to offer.
- Sun Moon Lake Xiangshan Visitor Center
Another key attraction at Sun Moon Lake is the Xiangshan Visitor Center. An ideal stop while biking or trekking around the lake, two giant canopy structures support a multi-functional tourist center, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful lake view of Sun Moon Lake while enjoying refreshments.
- Shuili Snake Kiln Ceramics Cultural Park – 10 minutes on foot.
Shuili Snake Kiln was originally built in 1927, and has been successfully transformed from a traditional pottery business into an innovative pottery cultural park. It not only offers a place of leisure for tourists, but also documents the historical development of the ceramics industry in Taiwan.
- Jiji Green Tunnel – 15 minutes by car
Linking the township of Mingjian and Jiji, a 5.5 kilometer stretch of highway runs beneath a natural canopy of camphor trees. The Jiji Green Tunnel is a well known tourist spot.
- Checheng (also called the “Secret Garden”) – 30 minutes drive
The Checheng Train Station located at Checheng village in Shuili Township was built during the Japanese colonial era, the last stop of Jiji railway line. Although severely damaged during the 1999 earthquake, the new wooden structure was rebuilt by local authorities and includes a walking area in front of the station preserving its original style.
- Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village – 30 minutes drive
The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village combines an amusement park, a European Garden and nine tribes of Taiwanese aboriginal culture on display to create a day-long recreational experience that is both entertaining and educational.
- Puli Paper Dome – 30 minutes drive
The Puli Paper Dome’s original building was a paper tube construction designed by the world renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The temporary structure was built in 1995 to serve as a temporary facility for the Takatori Catholic Church after the Hanshin Earthquake. It was used not only a church but as the base of an international rescue association. In 2005, the New Homeland Foundation moved the Paper Dome to Taomi Village in Puli. Since then it has become a very popular tourist spot in Puli area.
- Puli Winery – 40 minutes drive
The fragrant Shaoxing Wine that the Puli Winery produces has become well known is due to its sweet and clear water source. The spring water supplied to the Puli Brewery comes from the Ailan Plateau. There is a water tower on the east side of this location, which used specifically for producing high quality Shaoxing Wine.