Beautiful Plum Lake in Taiwan

Plum Lake, also known as the Meihua Lake, is a picturesque natural lake surrounded by lush greenery in northern Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)
Plum Lake, also known as the Meihua Lake, is a picturesque natural lake surrounded by lush greenery in northern Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Located in Yilan County in northeast Taiwan, Plum Lake, also called Meihua Lake, is a natural lake surrounded by lush greenery. It was originally called Dapi (Great Lake), but was renamed by late president Chiang Ching-kuo in the 1970s due to its resemblance to a plum blossom with five pedals.

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Plum Lake covers a total surface area of about 49 acres (20 hectares), and is surrounded by verdant hills on three sides. Though there are no plum blossoms, the lake is surrounded by picturesque scenery.

Plum Lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Plum Lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

A trail circling the lake is very peaceful and beautiful. It allows visitors to stroll around the lake to appreciate the natural landscape. Visitors can also rent a single, tandem, side-by-side, or 4-person bike, with or without a battery, to explore the trail. It’s also a great experience to take a boat tour of the lake.

The trail along the Plum Lake is a great place to take a stroll with beloved ones. (Image: Juliet Fu/ Vision Times)

A stroll or bike ride along the trail around Plum Lake is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

 

Renting a single, tandem, side-by-side, or 4-person bike to ride along the trail around the Lake would be an unforgettable experience of visiting the Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Renting a single, tandem, side-by-side, or 4-person bike to ride along the trail around the lake is an unforgettable experience. (Image: Juliet Fu/Vision Times)

There is a small island in the middle of the lake with a suspension bridge connecting it to the circular trail. It provides visitors with impressive 360-degree views of the beautiful lake.

A large flock of night herons nesting in the dense clusters of reeds in the Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

A large flock of night herons nesting in the dense clusters of reeds along Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Another highlight of the Plum Lake is the black-crowned night herons. With a large flock of night herons nesting in the dense clusters of reeds along the lake, Plum Lake is a popular destination for bird watchers and photographers in northern Taiwan.

 The black-crowned night herons in the Plum Lake (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

A black-crowned night heron. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The lush green rice paddy in Taiwan's Yilan County (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

A lush green rice paddy not far from Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

When visiting Plum Lake, one of the sights is an amazing Daoist temple located on the top of a hill on the eastern side of the lake. The architecture of the temple resembles traditional imperial court designs. It is also an ideal location to overlook the beautiful lake.

A stunning Taoist temple is located on top of the hill on the eastern side of the Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

A stunning Taoist temple is located on top of a hill on the eastern side of Plum Lake. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

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