The largest freshwater body in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is a beautiful, picturesque mountain lake that stands at 2,454 feet (748 meters) above sea level. Located in central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake has long been inhabited by groups of Taiwanese aboriginals, most notably the Thao tribe, who have been in the area for at least a century. Its name derives from its shape; whereas the east of the lake is rounded like a sun, the west resembles a long, crescent moon, separated in the middle by a tiny island called Lalu. The area is famous for its local handicrafts, fresh seafood, Aboriginal cuisine, and Assam tea - originally brought to Taiwan from India during the Japanese occupation.
Despite its elevation, Sun Moon Lake is humid year-round; nonetheless, visitors should note that the lake is particularly crowded with tourists on weekends and holidays.