Legend has it that Sun Moon Lake (Riyue Tan) was discovered by Thao hunters (aboriginal to Taiwan) chasing a white deer through the mountains. The deer led them to the lake, which was filled with fish and incredibly beautiful. Today a marble statue of the white deer stands on Lalu Island, in the middle of the lake. This spectacular landscape is a popular tourist destination, as is boating, hiking, and biking around the area. The lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and gets its name from the resemblance of the east side of the lake to a sun, and the west to a moon. The site is one of the thirteen National scenic areas in Taiwan.