Sun Moon Lake [日月潭]
During my parents’ visit to Taiwan I took them to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival [九族櫻花祭]. While there, we rode the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway [日月潭纜車] to Sun Moon Lake and back. Tickets for the ropeway were included with admission to the Aboriginal Culture Village. The ropeway is about 1.8 kilometers in length and gives visitors a bird’s-eye perspective of the area’s lovely scenery. I’ve heard of people waiting several hours on weekends to ride the ropeway; luckily, we visited on a weekday and waited roughly a half-an-hour.
Traveling over Mt. Buji [卜吉山]
Given the success the ropeway has had attracting visitors to the area – The Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration has announced the construction of a second ropeway:
The second ropeway will run from Nantou’s Checheng Station (車埕) to Hsiangshan (向山) and cover a total distance of 4.6 kilometers. The administration planned to have the ropeway built under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) or OT model, with the government constructing other facilities such as transit stations and parking lots to entice businesses to invest in ropeway construction, said the administration.
Hopefully, these two ropeways can operate free of the difficulties that have plagued the Maokong Gondola since its opening.