#biking taiwan

Is it a dream or is it a challenge to cycling around Taiwan?

The most difficult part of biking around Taiwan is having the determination and self-confidence needed to do it. If you think that you lack either of these attributes, just remember the story of
King Liu, who is the president of Giant, the GIANT bicycle manufacturing company. He was eighty years old when he completed a twelve-day trip cycling around Taiwan. Of course, before you set out you should consult with your doctor; if he gives you permission, then you only need to worry about how much determination you have.

One of the advantages of riding around Taiwan is that you can determine your own itinerary, so if you feel tired you can take more time but if you feel strong you can ride longer. If you lack fitness or want to take your time for sightseeing, then plan for your round-the-island trip to take between seven and twelve days. If you average of about ninety kilometers per day, with an average speed of 20 km/h for 4-6 hours a day, you’ll reach your goal of riding a bike around the island in Taiwan.

iBike Tour: City Biking and Visiting in Taichung

Trip Overview

iBike is the public bicycle sharing system in Taichung that everyone can easily access. (therefore, knowing how to ride a bike is the minimum requirement for you to sign up for the tour). Come and enjoy this green biking tour to get to know some major attractions in this beautiful city.

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Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

What to Expect

At 9:30am, we will meet at Maple Valley Park iBike Station. Riding bikes along the roads of the city in an extremely slow pace, and enjoying sunshine and healthy exercise while discovering this young city in Taiwan. Our biking tour starts from the modern side of the city and then slowly move to the historical side of it, so you will see everything that you need to see to proudly tell others that you have been to Taichung.

We will be visiting or cycling by below major attractions in the city:

  • Maple Valley Park (Maple Garden)
  • National Taichung Theater (Taichung Metropolitan Opera House)
  • Wenxin Forest Park & Fulfillment Amphitheater
  • Museum of Natural Science and Technology
  • Calligraphy Greenway
  • National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
  • Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center
  • Taichung Park
  • Taichung Railway Station

There are convenient stores everywhere on the way, so no need to carry a lot of food or water supplies with you. Just come and enjoy and to have most fun out of this wonderful biking experience! In the end of this bike tour, we will sit in at the origin of bubble tea shop and enjoy a cup of famous Taiwan bubble tea.

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iBike Taichung - Video Intro

Taichung city is the third largest city in Taiwan. It had implemented public bicycle sharing system since three years ago and getting its poupularity more and more in these days. You can see a lot of people riding iBike on the street during weekends and students riding to school on the week days. Biking is the best pace to get around the city centers. So we created a biking tour that everyone can join and get to know this city here and there in just one day. 

iBike Taichung (3) - Biking Taiwan tour in Taichung

Wenxin (Forest) Park in Taichung, Taiwan

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Taiwan is a small island but with high density of population living in the cities. Therefore, most parks you can find in the city are small in size and not to mention with special function within them. Biking lanes are especially rare (hard) to find. Most parks do not allow people to ride bicycles in the park!

But Wenxin Forest Park is the special one. Although it is only 8.86 hectares in size, it does create a two-way bike lanes for people to enjoy biking. You can see many people bring their kids to this park and enjoy quality family time together in the day time. And it is very close to Ikea which people can easily go shopping or simply relax afterward.

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Another special function about Wenxin Forest Park is the Fulfillment Amphitheater located inside. This is a large-scale outdoor theater which can accommodate 6000+ people with seats and up to 15000 including the surrounding green grass areas. Since 2006, a wide variety of artistic and cultural events have been held here. It provides not only a venue for top-quality cultural and recreational activities in Taichung, but has also helped to encourage the general public's participation in arts and cultural events.  

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Wenxin Forest Park is another point of our biking tour in Taichung City, and we invite you to enjoy and explore this city by cycling with the public sharing system, iBike.

Find out more  about iBike Taichung City Tour

Biking in Taichung City, Taiwan

Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan, and it's history can actually traced back to the 16th century. During the past 400 years period, Taichung has passed through Qing dynasty rule and Japanese colonial era, contributing to its rich, distinctive local culture and festivals. Taichung's natural resources and diverse ethnic make-up have generated an abundance of unique local specialties, including authentic Taiwanese dishes, Hakka cuisine and international fine dinnings.  

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Biking is the easiest way to go around the city and explore the beautiful small corners that typical tourists would not visit. If you travel with your own bike like me, there are two starting points recommended, Taichung train station if by train or Maple Valley Park (Maple Garden) if by bus.

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Taichung station represents more historical side of the city. Within that district, you can find many historical sites including the iconic Taichung Park Pavillion, Traditional markets, and old city halls, and so on. This area tells you how this city was stared and how important it was to connect northern and southern by playing its role. Take a short biking tour in this place can easily spend half day and you can then move on toward the new center of the city to discover more new and fancy surroundings.

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iBike is the name of the public bike sharing system in Taichung (but using same system as UBike in Taipei), so even visitors without bicycle can enjoy riding the bikes in Taichung. All you need is to purchase an Yoyo Card (Easy Card) from any convenient stores and register it at the iBike station kiosk, then you are ready to go. If you find it troublesome to get the Easycard, you can also use your credit card to register and rent iBike at any time! 

there are many places that you can go around within the city and arranging one day to really see this city would be suggested. Next time, plan your trip with us and do not miss the great places to Biking Taiwan.  

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Taichung is home to the bicycle giant, Giant!

Taichung is home to the bicycle giant, Giant!

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Biking Dajia Riverside Park, Taipei

2016/01/10 what a nice day to ride bikes in Taipei after all those rainy and cloudy days during the week! 

We met up with our best friends in Taipei after church in order to pick up my ordered secondhand Kindle, and of course hoping to enjoy a biking ride together in our favorite beautiful riverside bikeways that Taipei has to offer.  

You cannot spell LOVE without Velo!! 

You cannot spell LOVE without Velo!! 

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, so as you can imagine it is full of people, traffic, business, tourists, and mostly crowded all the time, not to mention the most famous landmark Taipei 101. But if you are trying to find a nice and peaceful place to spend your weekend or pure relaxation during your trip to Taipei, we highly recommend to hop on a Youbike or rent a bike and ride along the riverside bikeways that Taipei has prepared for you.

Rental bike with 6 speeds, good enough for strolling along the riverside! 

Rental bike with 6 speeds, good enough for strolling along the riverside! 

Bike rental is relatively easy here. All you need is an eligible ID or passport, and if you come in group one ID can rent for a max of 5 bikes at the same time. Today, we rented a bike with six speed and it is only 130NTD (4USD) for three hours. Some rental station also offers A-rent-B-return program, so you can enjoy the full bikeway without worrying the return journey. 

 

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Riverside bikeways are combined with Parks and are suitable for families or friends who just want to have leisure rides. Many people are doing picnic and kite flying besides biking. We really enjoy a wonderful trip with friends and have a chance to take some good photos since they are the professional photographers. This biking trip starts from Dajia Riverside Park and to Beitou traditional market and then same way back. Not very intense ride but many beauties to see.

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Photographer Boss, nice boots ~_~ 

Photographer Boss, nice boots ~_~ 

Miss Photographer, artistic hat and cute backpack ^_^ 

Miss Photographer, artistic hat and cute backpack ^_^ 

Thank you, Candy and Simon for joining this beautiful afternoon Biking Taiwan section!

but just on a side note, I still think renting Youbike might be easier and better option to get around in Taipei since we can just return and leave it to any Youbike station which is closer to Metro station and go on for the trip to anywhere. (Just look at me in the following photo, sometimes I get tired and don't wanna go back the same way hahahaha)

 

Twisted face on going up hills >_< 

Twisted face on going up hills >_< 

Kenting Happy New Year

Kenting is located in southern most part of Taiwan. It is famous for its good weather and beautiful beaches all year round.

greens and blues&nbsp;

greens and blues 

To enjoy Kenting, you need to take it slowly and relax. Biking is always the best way we prefer. And it is now easier for people carrying bikes in the bags to get on HSR and buses.

no extra charge for bikes 😄

no extra charge for bikes 😄

It take around 2 hours by bus from Kaohsiung city, where most visitors arriving by HSR or flights. 

any place in Kenting is nice for photos&nbsp;

any place in Kenting is nice for photos 

coconut trees say it all

coconut trees say it all

worry free biking&nbsp;

worry free biking 

biking around kenting national park

biking around kenting national park

Of course, there are night life to enjoy in Kenting since it is famous for parties.

You can enjoy the street foods in night market or pick any restaurant that serves the right taste for you! 

street foods&nbsp;

street foods 

seafoods

seafoods

Ocean Blue is our favorite among all 😝

Ocean Blue is our favorite among all 😝

As we always believe, there is something in Kenting for anyone. Just pack you bag and bike at any time and let’s go Kenting! 

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