Visiting both of these premier tourist destinations in central Taiwan has now become even more convenient for travelers relying on public transport. Scenic Sun Moon Lake and Xitou, the latter known for its lush bamboo groves, have been connected to Taichung by separate Taiwan Tourist Shuttle routes (more info at www.taiwantrip.com.tw) for some time now, but until recently there was no public-bus connection between the two. This has changed recently. There are now six bus services each day between the areas. One-way tickets are priced NT$80, and buses need 90 minutes for the 60km trip, stopping on the way at Zhushan, Jiji, and Shuili. For schedules, contact Yuanlin (www.ylbus.com.tw) or Nantou (www.ntbus.com.tw) bus companies.