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Sun Moon Lake, or “Zintun” in the Shao language is  located in the center of Taiwan in Nantou county.  It is Taiwan's second largest lake after Tseng Wen Reservoir. The lake lies on an elevation of 748 meters and is 7.93 square kilometers large. The area around the lake is rich in natural ecosystems, but it is also one of the freshwater lakes of alien species.

Sun Moon Lake is the residence of the aboriginal tribe Ita Shao (邵族, sometimes also referred to as Ita Thao). In the past, the indigenous Pingpu people were living in a mountain village called Shalian (沙連). So in former times, Sun Moon Lake was also known as Shueishalian (水沙連).

In January 2000, the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area was established to preserve the nature around Sunmoonlake.

 

日月潭(邵語:Zintun),簡稱明潭,位於台灣南投縣魚池鄉日月村,為台灣第二大湖泊(僅次於曾文水庫)及第一大(半)天然湖泊兼發電水庫。湖面海拔748公尺,常態面積7.93平方公里(滿水位8.4平方公里),最大水深27公尺,自然生態豐富,但亦為最多外來種生物的淡水湖泊之一。

日月潭景色優美,「雙潭秋月」為台灣八景之一。日月潭也是台灣原住民邵族的居住地。由於過去平埔族稱居住於山裡的原住民為「沙連」,而內山以日月潭一區為最大的積水盆地,故日月潭舊稱又為水沙連。

2000年1月,交通部觀光局設立日月潭國家風景區,其範圍除原有日月潭特定區外,北面擴大至魚池鄉,東至水社大山,西至集集大山,南至水里蛇窯。