Nantou is popularly known for the immaculately picturesque Sun Moon Lake, and near this lake is the Shabalan Mountain where on it stands the Ci-en Pagoda, built by no less than Chiang Kai-shek, Taiwan’s first president. Chiang Kai-shek constructed the pagoda in 1971 in honor of his mother. Ci-en Pagoda is the most recognizable and well-known landmark near the popular lake.
Overlooking Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake, the pagoda is 46 meters tall and surrounded by beautiful foliage, trees, stone tables and chairs. Visitors love relaxing in this area while enjoying the magnificent scenery. A 700-meter long path leads to the pagoda, flanked by trees and colorful flowers. Tourists enjoy a leisurely walk along this path. [Read more…]