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!