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Taiwan's Stunning Interior: Sun Moon Lake and Beyond

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Sun Moon Lake sits at the base of Taiwan’s rugged central mountains, and is one of the island's most stunning landscapes and most popular outdoor destinations. The hills around the lake are crisscrossed with hiking trails and are also popular with paragliders. South of Sun Moon Lake are two more of Taiwan’s best-known outdoor escapes: the ancient cypress forests of Alishan, and Yushan National Park, the namesake of Taiwan’s—and East Asia’s—highest peak.
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Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
In 2012 CNN News named Sun Moon Lake on the world’s “10 Breathing Cycling Rides.” The lake is Taiwan’s largest alpine lake, and visitors have the opportunity to cycle around the 29-kilometer perimeter of the shimmering turquoise waters. You can...
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Every November, all of Taiwan joins together to celebrate the Taiwan Cycling Festival. The event features a number of organized bike rides around scenic routes all over the island for all levels. The most important day of the festival is Come Bike...
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Yushan, Xinyi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 556
Often said to be the tallest mountain in East Asia, at 3952 m climbing Taiwan's Jade Mountain (or Yushan 玉山) is an epic undertaking, even for experienced hikers. The trip takes most hikers two days, although some people do manage to rush to the...
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Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan 605
Alishan is likely the most famous, and most visited, mountain because of the incomparable tea grown there, its relatively easy access from major cities, and its association with the historic Taiwan Railroad. The best way to see Alishan is to hike...