The Sun Moon Lake is largest body of fresh water in Taiwan and is classed as a National Scenic Area – and one of the eight wonders of Taiwan. Located in the centre of Taiwan, its turquoise blue waters are encircled by mountains which make a very picturesque backdrop. The lake has one island – Lalu Island – which was an ancient settlement of the Thao people, one of the Aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. The lake is a popular place to go boating, walking and cycling. It also has a range of shops, some of which sell Thao handicrafts made of wood and bamboo.