One of Taiwan's hotly awaited annual festivals is fast approaching. The Sun Moon Lake International Fireworks-Music and Come!Bikeday Festival will be held from 23 October to 22 November 2015. Held annually every October and attracting visitors from all over the globe, the event takes place on the shores of Taiwan's largest freshwater lake and one of the country's 13 national scenic areas, Sun Moon Lake.
The idyllic Sun Moon Lake comes alive with the adornment of dazzling firework displays and energetic music every year as part of celebrations for holidaymakers and 2015 promises to be equally captivating when the festival kicks off in October. The month-long festival is free to all visitors and will play host to musical performances, orchestra pieces, dance acts and cinematic productions all set against the reflection of the lake's crystalline surface. This year's line-up includes Broadway Night, the Chi Nan University Ballad Festival and the spectacular Sun Moon Lake Fireworks § Fu Xin String Orchestra amongst a wide spectrum of other events.
In addition to its musical festivities, Sun Moon Lake is a popular tourist attraction located in Nantou County. The lake gets its name from the shape of its eastern part, shaped like the sun, and its western part, shaped like a crescent moon. Sun Moon Lake (Rìyuè Tán) is the largest body of freshwater in Taiwan and has one of the island's most breath-taking natural landscapes. At an altitude of 762m, the lake is backed by high-forested mountains and boasts year-round good weather. Boating is popular, both touring in large craft and in DIY rowing boats, as is hiking and biking.
The Come! Bikeday Carnival is another exciting event series held as part of the Sun Moon Lake celebrations, allowing visitors to participate in an array of cycling events from the tannan challenge, the bikeday carnival, classical or fun rides. The 19-mile perimeter around the picturesque Sun Moon Lake has many trails for hiking and cycling, waiting to be explored by adventure enthusiasts. To make the decision to get sporty even easier, visitors can take advantage of free rental of a 21 speed bike, a free souvenir and a free bottle of water between 23 October and 15 November.
Another great bonus point for attending the festival is that there are plenty of transport options available for visitors to the Sun Moon Lake Festival, making it easily accessible from most parts of Taiwan. Whatever transport option visitors prefer, there is a wide range of transport passes available for any a variety of boat, rail, bus and cable car transfers. Last but not least, several hotels in the area offer special promotions during the Sun Moon Lake Festival, offering exclusive discounts, vouchers for meals and entry to post-festival parties