Biking

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/

iBike - rent a bike in Taichung

The Taichung City Government Department of Transportation in order to encourage citizens to use bikes as short-distance transit vehicles, launched the Program of the “Establishment, Operation and Management of the Bike Sharing System”, in the hope that by equipping a urban bike lane network with a bike station service, encouraging citizens to use low-pollution and low-energy-consumption Bike Sharing as short-distance transit vehicles and reducing and replacing personal possession and use of motor vehicles, traffic congestion, environmental pollution and energy loss in the city will be improved.

In the hope of elevating life and culture in the city and in response to a global trend of energy conservation and carbon mitigation, the Taichung City Government, in collaboration with Giant Taiwan, initiated the Taichung City Bike Sharing System Service Plan, using this name "iBike".

iBike uses an electronic unmanned automated management system to provide “ A Leases and B Returns” bike rental service. Government hopes that bikes will be chosen as the last-mile public transit vehicle and more citizens will be glad to use the mass transit system and meanwhile, environmental protection and energy conservation will be achieved and a new commuting culture will emerge.

Renting - as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Rent with a card
Before selecting a bicycle, please check the tire pressure, brakes, and lights to confirm they are functioning properly. In case of malfunctions, please turn the seat around and select another vehicle. If the vehicle is functioning properly, then use a registered card on the sensor pad on the dock to confirm your rental.

2. Check the indicator light
When the green indicator light starts blinking and emits a beeping sound, you can then retrieve the vehicle.

3. Pull the bike backwards
Make sure the head handlers are in their straight-up position, and then pull on the handlers backwards with both hands to retrieve the vehicle.

Returning - as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Push the bike in
Select an empty dock indicated by a blue light, align the head of your vehicle to the white lines on the ground, aim the bicycle lock to its docking port, then push the bike all the way in.

2. Confirm locking
After the bike lock is properly docked to its port, there will be a loud clicking sound. Shift the vehicle back and front slightly to make sure it is properly locked.

3. Return with the Card
After the blue light on the dock blinks and emits a beeping sound, please use your card on the sensor pad on the dock to pay the rental fee. When the indicator light switches back to green, then return process is completed.

CHARGE RATES

$10NT per 30min within the first 4 hours.
$20NT per 30min between 4 to 8 hours.
$40NT per 30min exceeding 8 hours.

Free for first 30min if you are registered with an Easycard (Yoyocard)
 

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 (1) - Biking Taiwan tour in Taichung

Maple Valley Park (Maple Garden) in Taichung, Taiwan

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No matter which season it is, walking in the Maple Valley Park is a visual enjoyment! Located next to Taiwan Boulevard in Taichung City, Maple Valley Park is a unique U-shaped recreational greenland for the city residents. It has an area of 3 hectares, and contains a lake, red trees, green grass, and observatory bridge. It is a great place for talking a walk, going on a date, and exercising. During the day, there is comforting greenness, and at night, it is filled with sleepless lighting. It has rapidly become one of the most famous scenic spots in Taichung.

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Maple Valley Park was actually existed from a beautiful mistake, and now not only serving as a park but also functioning as a unique large detention pond for Taichung city to prevent flooding in case of heavy rainfalls.

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Maple Valley Park is the start 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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