Ci En Pagoda @ Sun Moon Lake 2012

Hello Everyone, in this blog entry, we will be covering solely on the Ci En Pagoda.

The word "Ci En" in Mandarin means kindness, grace and mercy. Located about 954 metres above sea level, Ci En Pagoda is 46 metres high and is the highest structure in Sun Moon Lake. Built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971, the construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain.

Getting Ready to Hike Up To Ci En Pagoda

The distance to Ci En Pagoda is approximately 700 metres from where Baby was standing.

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

From the carpark to Ci En Pagoda, it is about 570 metres away.

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

The hiking trail is surrounded by beautiful plants and trees, and the air was superbly fresh!

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

And so, the countdown begins. We were 400 metres away from reaching the Ci En Pagoda.

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

And we stopped for another photo shoot.

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

And we were 300 metres away...

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

200 metres away...

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

and finally, 100 metres away!

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

We finally made it after the tiring hike up to Ci En Pagoda! Just look at our exhausted faces!

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

So since we were there already, we made use of all the time we had by snapping lots of photographs!

Here's Baby and I trying out some jump shots.

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

Then I decided to do a Kung Fu Kick.

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

and Baby tried to do the same.

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

I like this shot of Baby. So comical!

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

So after much fooling around, we decided to conquer Ci En Pagoda. Just look at all those long, winding, and never-ending steps! It certainly reminded me of the SAFTI Tower Run that I did during my CLM Term in OCS.

From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

After the long and arduous stairs-climbing, we finally reached the top and can't stop admiring the beautiful scenery. It's a real pity the weather was too foggy for us to have good photographs.

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]
From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]

Having shot enough photographs, there was just one last thing left to be done; that is, ringing the bell!

From Day 2 Taiwan 2012 [Jacqueline's Perspective]
From Day 2 Taiwan Holiday 2012 [Melvin's Perspective]

Well, we certainly had lots of fun hiking up to Ci En Pagoda and in our next blog entry, we will be covering about our stay at Skylight BB in Sun Moon Lake!

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!