Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Hidden from Sun Moon Lake by mountains lies the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. You can take one of the regular buses that circle Sun Moon Lake, however as the park entrance ticket (NT$780) includes transfer from Ita Thao on Sun Moon Lake via a rope-way (cable-car), we recommend you choose this option. The cable car offers panoramic views of both the lake and mountains and is an attraction in itself.
The park consists of nine authentically reconstructed tribal villages displaying traditional homes and architecture of the nine principal Taiwanese aboriginal tribes. As well as exploring the villages you can see aborigines making traditional handicrafts, carrying out cooking and weaving demonstrations or performing one of the excellent traditional dance shows that take place throughout the day. You can also try your hand at Blowpipe Archery, Seediq Archery, pottery making or one of several traditional games.
In addition to the traditional villages there is a theme-park area with thrill rides including the UFO an 85 metre free fall ride, Caribbean Splash a themed log flume where you will get soaked, and the super aggressive, vomit inducing, spine shattering, 4.5G roller-coaster the Mayan Adventure. This thing really should come with a safety warning. I kid you not!
The European Palace Gardens, make up the final area of the park. Claiming to be the finest European-style garden in Taiwan. We decided to take their word for it and skipped this area. It’s a bit of a shame really as judging by the high quality of the rest of the park I’m sure it would have been lovely, however, the park is enormous and we were already starting to feel the effects of the blistering heat and excessive humidity, before the roller-coaster tried to rattle us into an early grave.
We really enjoyed our day out at The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, and were staggered by how quiet it was. Unbeknown to us we visited during the Taiwanese school holidays, and despite this we almost had the park to ourselves.
For more information click here to visit the official web page for Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village