Su Fen Published 653 days ago
Honestly, we were quite disappointed with this tour because Sun Moon Lake was the main reason for us coming to Taichung and we didn't feel it was a worthwhile tour given that price tag. The listing description of 60-min 'scenic boat ride' or 'boat cruise' wasn't quite what we expected. It was more of a shuttle boat transfer where you get from pier to pier around the lake. The lake was really serene and beautiful. It was enshrouded in a misty fog which added this dream-like feel to it but we were told by the guide that it was actually air pollution caused by a huge amount of carbon dioxide emissions being produced by the Taichung Power Plant. That really killed it. The only saving grace was the tour guide we had. Very friendly chap who shared a lot of interesting facts and information about the points of interest we visited. The aboriginal lunch we had was also awesome. And of course we also appreciated the hotel pick-up and drop-off - saved the travelling hassle. We didn't go on any of the trails that were mentioned in the itinerary - which was fine since we would only be breathing in polluted air in the open while hiking. Would be nice if we had extra time at Ita Thao food/souvenir street.
Diem Published 686 days ago
Our tour guide promptly picked us up at our hotel in Taichung. The car seat was very comfortable and he provided each of us with a bottle of water for the upcoming activities. We strayed from the advertised itinerary a bit. Our first activity was the cable car. I thought the cable car ride was okay, nothing really impressive. Got good views of the lake. Next, we had our boat ride. The boat ride wasn't operated by our English speaking tour guide but was instead operated by a local who only spoke Chinese. The entire ride, the Chinese local kept talking very loudly which made the scenic ride less serene and enjoyable. For lunch, we had aboriginal food which was very good! Lastly, my favorite part was ending our tour with a bike ride along Sun Moon Lake. The bike ride wasn't too difficult. However, at a few points there were a lot of pedestrians on the path that we had to maneuver around. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and felt very well taken care of by our tour guide.