Lalu Island is located in Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi Township of Nantou County. The traditional Thao name is Lalu, but it was called Zhushan or Zhuzishan (literally meaning Pearl Mountain) during the Qing period, as it is shaped like a pearl. In the Japanese Occupation period the island was renamed Yudao or Nakanoshima (literally meaning round island or center island). Then, in the postwar period, the Nationalist Government changed the name to Guanghua Island in the sense of restoring China. Finally, it was officially renamed Lalu Island in year 2000 because this is the traditional area of the Thao people.
The people believed that the highest ancestor spirit lived in the big tree on Lalu Island. Therefore, the island is no longer open to tourists. Tourists can admire the installations related to the Thao cultural display and historical development from the pontoon plank road on the water around the island.
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