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.
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.
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.
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.
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.