Some call it the "Moon's Mirror" because of its oval shape and still, clear waters. Others call it the "Angel's Tear" because of its deep blue color. Chiaming Lake isn't the largest lake in Taiwan, but to many, it is the most beautiful.
People used to think the lake formed 3,000 years ago when a meteor fell from space and hit the mountain. But in fact, it is even older than that—around 7,000 years old. And it really formed when a large river of ice cut out a piece of the mountain.
The lake is not easy to get to, however. At 3,310 m high, it is the second highest lake in Taiwan. Reaching it takes many hours of difficult hiking through the mountains near Taitung. But don't let that put you off. Many people make the long and difficult journey each year. And they all say it's worth it!
然而，要抵達嘉明湖並非易事。嘉明湖位於海拔 3,310 公尺的高山，堪稱台灣第二高的湖泊。要到嘉明湖，需穿越台東附近的山脈，費盡數小時路途艱困的登山步道才行。不過別因此卻步了。每年還是有許多人克服漫長困難的征程，異口同聲不虛此行呢！