Visit Shiding Thousand Island Lake Taiwan — Explore the beautiful scenery of Taipei in one day

Today, Focus Asia Travel will take you to a charming country filled with nature and animals near Taipei (Taipei), but it will not be Jiufen or Shifen, Yang Ming Shan, the National Palace Museum, or Tamsui, which is Thousand Island Lake — Shiding Thousand Island Lake Taiwan, is only a few hours drive from central Taipei. Now, let’s have a look at the lovely landscape of Shiding Thousand Island Lake in Taipei in one day with Focus Asia Travel.

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Thousand Island Lake seen from above. Credit image: shiding thousand island lake blog.

Thousand Island Lake (石碇 千島湖), the name is very strange? What a large island there are thousands of islands. In fact, this is a lake for the whole of Taipei surrounded by tea farms. Thousand Island Lake hidden on a mountain, in the middle of the lake is the island of green trees, located in the middle of the water that makes sense like there are thousands of islands.

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Beautiful scenery of Thousand Island Lake

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What are things to see in the Shiding Thousand Island Lake Taiwan?

Thousand Island Lake

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This lovely lake, as said before, is the major reason you’ve come here. A secret lake on the mountain is unknown to most tourists and even Taiwanese. A day to breathe fresh air in this location will not have a bald scent, no garbage smell, not crowded makes you feel more comfortable, spoilt green air. The greatest time to travel here is from February to June, when the temperature is mild, there is no rain, and there are so many patches of fog that you can ruin the entire picture without being blindfolded. July is as hot as a fire up here, so pack umbrellas and sunscreen to avoid the heat.

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Picture: thousand island lake taiwan blog.
Picture: thousand island lake taiwan blog.

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Picture: thousand island lake taiwan blog.

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Ba Gua Tea Garden

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The green Ba Gua Tea Garden

Because the rainfall in the Thousand Island Lake is enough as well as the water drainage is very good, so this lake is surrounded by tea hills. The hills here are arranged in a straight staircase, bluish eye. One of the best tea hills is Ba Gua tea hill because there is a small observatory, nice location for the panoramic view. Lake Island as well as tea hills. Here you can also enjoy delicious delicacy tea as well as learn about how to make tea. Particularly, many people also praise the noodle soup with tea flower oil and traditional noodle (traditional noodle pancake). You should try to eat when coming here.

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Thousand Island Lake & Pinglin Tea Plantation
Thousand Island Lake & Pinglin Tea Plantation

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Harvesting tea leafs

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See fish and ferns along the Jungualiao River Trail – Jingualiao Fish & Fern

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The Jungualiao River is also known as the Yellow River because as the sun sets, it spreads across the river, making it appear to be covered in gold, which is quite beautiful. There is a memorial walk along the Jungualiao River, and the many undulating rocks make it feel more like a stream than a river. This is a virgin forest, a natural reserve, and strolling down the route, you will witness swarms of fish swimming, different ferns, and wild birds basking in the sun, making it appear as if you are stepping into a picture. Although trekking through this area, but no heavy breath, sweat because surrounded by trees, at the foot of the cool super cool water, plus the wind blowing sure is more wonderful when you sit under the air conditioner.

Shiding Ancient Town (Shiding Old Street)

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Shiding is a tiny, tranquil village near Thousand Island Lake. Far from the Qing Dynasty, it has become an excellent spot for everyone to rest due to its great geographic location; moreover, a town is also a trade site, and carrying tea is lively. Today, this old village is a fantastic destination for Taiwanese people to visit or rest on their weekends. The residences in Shiding are particularly “beautiful,” which is an unusual feature. The tall, slender, well-built houses are supported by the pillars underneath them, like a floating cliff next to the river. Shiding is not as crowded as in the Jiufen, people here are extremely pleasant and hospitable. Come here, you remember to try two dishes of the Shiding is the dumplings and tofu which thanks to the clear water and “delicious” has created a unique tofu.

Main town square along the river. Pass this on your right if you're going hiking.
Main town square along the river. Pass this on your right if you’re going hiking.

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Small stream along town

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A very small stream in town

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Small stream along town

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Shiding Stone House
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Shiding Old Street

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In addition, you can visit the home where pharmaceuticals have been made for over 100 years, local food outlets, and notably in the middle area of Shiding, there is a tiny, clear, and cool stream for tourists to rest, talking, and foot bathing is also excellent relaxation.

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How to get to Thousand Island Lake from Taipei?

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Address: No.16, Shizaitoukeng Ln., Sec. 6, Beiyi Rd., Shiding Dist., New Taipei City
By Car: The ideal way that you have a car and get there by yourself with the address above, about 60 minutes to arrive.
By Bus + MRT: How to get to Pinglin from Taipei? Take MRT to Xindian Station and take Green 12 bus to Pinglin Town. From Pinglin take the bus to Shisangu. Then, you can use the car and walk about 2.6 kilometers and you can easy to find this ideal place.

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