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Plan a Three (3) Days of Cycling Tour in Northern Taiwan

Some visitors may only have couple days to visit Taiwan on their trip for any reasons. It could be a short break during their conference or exhibition trip in Taiwan. Or it could be that they only stop over in Taiwan because their final destination is Japan or South Korea. But no matter what reason it may be, they still want to get the best experience out of they short stay in Taiwan. Then we would surely recommend to take one day to enjoy the rides along the riverside parks and the bike ways built along the main rivers.

If you have a bit more time, then you can arrange couple more days and a bit more into the east to get experience both into the mountains and the Pacific ocean.

We plan a simple route for three days to ride the northern part of Taiwan, which will cover Taipei city (台北市), New Taipei city (新北市), Yilan county (宜蘭縣), and Keelung city (基隆市).


 Taipei and New Taipei City Riverside Park bikeways

Taipei and New Taipei City Riverside Park bikeways

This route starts from Taipei riverside park and enter the mountain from Xindian (新店) to Pinglin (坪林) and exit to Jiaosi (礁溪) where you can relax and immerse yourself into a well relaxed hot spring after an exhausting day of long bike ride.


 NorthEast Coast of Taiwan, Pacific Ocean blue

NorthEast Coast of Taiwan, Pacific Ocean blue

The second day riding plan will start from Jiaosi and directly head to east and reach the coastline where you will have the Pacific ocean on your ride all the time during your ride. Today will be less climbing comparing to the previous day, so simply relax and take as much time as possible to take photos and taste the local foods. At night you should visit one of the most famous night market in Northern Taiwan - Keelung Miaoko (廟口), literally means market in front of temple.


 Enjoy your time deep in the mountains 

Enjoy your time deep in the mountains 

Third day you can either ride along the coastline all the way back to Danshui (淡水) or either travel as we suggested here to pass and visit one of the National Park in Taiwan called Yangminshan (陽明山) since you would not have chance to visit the most famous Taroko (太魯閣) that is located in the East Taiwan. Yangminshan is still a live volcano but really no need to worry since it has been quietly sleeping for a long time now and no signs of being active again any time soon. However, due to the volcanic characteristics, the scenes along the way would really pay off for all the climbing efforts. 


As we firmly believe, there are always places to enjoy your biking experience in Taiwan. Just plan a little bit in advance and do not worry of getting lost in Taiwan since there are always people willing to help any visitors to have their best memory in Taiwan. Hop on and have a great time in Biking Taiwan and wish to see you back in this wonderful place again soon!

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Send any inquires or questions to us at any time because we are more than happy to help. And of course, it would be great to meet you during your journey in Taiwan as well!! http://www.bikingtaiwan.com/

Arrange your five (5) days bike tour in Taiwan

We often received inquiries about how to plan a bicycle trip in Taiwan. Therefore, I plan to make suggestions/templates for those who are interested in visiting Taiwan by bike, but do not intend to hire a bike guide to accompany them for whatever reason they may have.

All trip planning starts from some basic questions as follows,

  • how many days are planned the trip
  • how many people are in the group
    • what is the level of cycling experience of each individual
    • where would you start the trip
    • when would you start this tour
    • how do you plan to have the bike
    • how do you transport your luggages
    • what types of accommodations would you need
    • what sort of scenes are more attractive to you, i.e. food, culture, nature, sea, mountain, and etc.
    • LAST but NEVER LEAST, what is your budget

In fact, there are many questions to be answered and everyone should have her/his own answers. Therefore, the following information sharing is based on my own assumptions and own experiences, so no critics are necessary. Take it if it suits you, and simply click away if it appears to be junk to you. ^_^

An example of five days trip by bicycle in Taiwan, and you want to experience the best and most of Taiwan. This trip starts from Hualien and goes along the rift valley part of eastern Taiwan and then cross the Coastal Mountain to east coast side of Taitung before entering the Southern cross island route to ShouKa and strolling down to the Southern Peninsula of  HengChun and Kenting. 

There are two types of maps attached that we have used most often in our own planning.

First one is the Bikemap, which can really show you the routes in details distance and also the elevations so you would not under estimate the daily ride by imaging that all the routes in this small island should be flat. 

Second one is the Google Map where you can find the suggested start and end points for each day and of course the place that might be interested to stop and take photos while resting and regain your energy.

Biking Taiwan five days trip plan - Hualien, Taitung, Pingtung


Weekend bike ride in Taichung

It had been raining a lot in the past week, and now finally a sunny day for us to take the road bike out again to do a little bit of training. 

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If you live in Taichung and cycling in the city a lot, these two places that we will ride should not be unfamiliar to you since they are very easy to access and the hilly part is famous among cyclists in Taichung. Check out the route map with the link below. 

https://www.bikemap.net/en/route/4005853-fazixi-bikeway-and-taichung-songsu-puo-squirrels-hill/

The FaZiXi bikeway is a biking route that is not popular to all family or commerciliazed as other main bikeways in Taichung, but it is special because it well uses the space under the Taiwan High Speed Rail trails.

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You can ride along the FaZiXi waterside and at the end of this bikeway, you will arrive at Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), where the multi-billion dollars of business are conducted and goods produced every year.

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There is a nice park inside CTSP where people can go jogging, biking, playing softballs, and many other lesiure activities. And you can see Taichung city from a higher point and knwing how well this city is developed. 

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Starting from this park, you will begin the challenge of climbing SongSu Puo (literally meaning Squirrels Hill), a 2.1km distance of average 5% steep climbing 114m and steepest part is 13%.

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There is a big black board for the challengers to sign off when they complete this.  

Cogratulation to whoever have done it witout stopping on the way up. 😎🎉

You can check out our Relive.cc video to find out how to plan your next ride in Taichung. https://www.relive.cc/view/997828275?r=ride

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A Route Planning Example from Yilan to Hualien

We would call this the most beautiful part of cycling around Taiwan. But it is also the most dangerous part of the complete route since bikers are sharing the same road with heavey traffic, buses and tracks and so on. A lot of people choose to skip by taking a train. Anyways, stop at Sincheng station, so you can plan your visit to the top one attraction in Taiwan, Taroko Gorge. Routine bus operates from this station to the Gorge park and other attractions on the way. 

Biking Taiwan wishes you all the best in traveling in Taiwan.

A Route Planning Example within Yilan

After a long ride yesterday, you must wish to stay a bit longer in the room and have more relaxed ride today. Yilan is a plain so you will have not too much to climb but enjoy yhe pacific on your side while riding along before a challenging day ahead. Nanfangao is a famous port for fising boats and seafoods are amazingly great. Check-in early and sleep early for the hilly day tomorrow. Of course, some people would decide to skip this part of great scene becuse it is hard and unsafe in some way because of the heavey traffic, so you can choose to take your bike along on the train to Hualien instead tomorrow.

A Route Planning Example from Taipei to Yilan

This route take you from Taipei City Center (Train Station) throught the beautiful riverside bike path, and then entering the moutain which leads you to the western side of Taiwan, Yilan County. Jiaosi is famous for its hotspring, so it is wonderful to find an accomdation with hotspring facilities to relax and recover the energy for passing the mountain.