Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sun Moon Lake

This past weekend, our school sponsored a trip to Sun Moon Lake for all employees. We took advantage of this opportunity to visit one of the must-see places in Taiwan. The rain held off and the sun appeared, making for a fun day with friends.

We left early, 7:20am, taking a bus south to Nantou County. The ride took about 2.5 hours to get to the Aboriginal Cultural Center. In essence, this is an aboriginal themed amusement park...fully equipped with roller coasters and street venders. We headed first to the gondola ride that takes visitors to the actual lake. This is where traveling with a group pays off...our tour guide lead us straight to the front of the line and we boarded in less than 20 minutes, while others waited upwards of an hour to board. The gondola ride is about 5 minutes and goes up and over a few hills/mountains, before opening up to this vast lake.

The gondola made for spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains - these pictures don't do it justice.

We took an afternoon boat ride around the island then wondered around the market for lunch. After we had our fill of the lake, we headed back to the amusement park for some rides and other fun. Here are a few shots from the day...

Our day ended with a a wonderful buffet in nearby Taichung. It was nice to be able to just sit and talk with these people we've worked so closely with over the past few months. We had a great day and enjoyed getting to know some of our co-workers better.

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